Frederick Reines Endowed Professorship (Associate/Full Professor with tenure) - College of Arts and Sciences and Case School of Engineering

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is seeking candidates to fill the Frederick Reines Endowed Professorship, a new endowed faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor with tenure or Professor with tenure to be held jointly in the CWRU College of Arts and Science (CAS) and the Case School of Engineering (CSE). This endowed chair is named in honor of Frederick Reines, the Nobel Prize-winning experimental physicist and engineer who in 1956, together with Clyde Cowan detected the elusive neutrino, a subatomic particle which plays a key role in nuclear decay. Frederick Reines came to Case Western Reserve University in 1956, where, together with his students, he designed and deployed a series of new experiments to detect neutrinos created in the atmosphere due to interacting cosmic rays.  

CWRU is seeking an outstanding faculty member to conduct interdisciplinary research with a joint appointment in two different academic departments: one in the Department of Physics or some other appropriate department in the CAS and one in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) or some other appropriate department in CSE.

The successful applicant will demonstrate a vision of research and teaching that advances CWRU in cross-disciplinary research in the area of advanced materials with a focus on materials with properties arising from novel aspects of quantum mechanics, including but not limited to (1) 2D materials; (2) topological materials; (3) novel materials for semiconductor-based devices; (4) quantum sensing materials with applications in biological devices/platforms/systems; and/or (5) materials for energy and power applications.

The applicant will be expected to conduct research, teaching, and service and must be committed to working with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students and creating an inclusive environment. The successful candidate will have access to excellent facilities in the Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center (AMMRC), Case Metals Processing Lab (CMPL), Nitinol Commercialization Accelerator Lab (NCAL), Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials (SCSAM), the Materials for Opto/Electronics Research and Education (MORE) Center, the Center for Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension (SDLE), Electronics Design Center (EDC), High Performance Computing (HPC), and Sears Think[box], an innovation center and maker space.


Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent in physics, engineering, or a related degree and should have demonstrated an outstanding record of research and scholarship. In addition, an appointment at the Associate Professor or Professor rank with tenure will require evidence of a national and/or international reputation for research expertise, a distinguished record of publication, funded research, and successfully applied pedagogies for mentoring students and researchers and fulfill other qualifications such that the candidate will merit tenure in both College of Arts and Sciences and the Case School of Engineering.

Application Instructions

Applicants should apply to this position at: Applicants will be prompted to provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of research plans, a statement of teaching, a statement of diversity, and contact information for at least three professional references. The diversity statement should explain either: (a) How the applicant's research, teaching, and/or service have contributed to diversity, equity and inclusion within their scholarly field(s) and/or (b) How the applicant's individual and/or collaborative efforts have promoted structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also reflect on the ways in which the applicant's continued efforts will foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference at Case Western Reserve University into the future.

Questions regarding submission of materials may be submitted to “Reines Chair Faculty Search” to Kimberly Chapple at, Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve. Questions regarding the search may be directed to Prof. Corbin Covault (Physics) at and Prof. Matthew Willard (MSE) at

In employment as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216.368.3066 or to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.