Academic and Research Positions in Korea

Updated 2017.5.22


Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

POSTECH BK21Plus Physics Division

Research Professors and Postdoctoral Fellows in Physics

POSTECH BK21Plus Physics Division has about three openings for research professors or postdoctoral fellows.

The annual salary starts from 36,000,000 Korean Won (approximately US$33,000 at the current exchange rate) for postdoctoral fellows and 48,000,000 Korean Won (approximately US$44,000) for research professors. The initial appointment for the position is for one year with the possibility of renewal upon mutual agreement. The minimum qualification is PhD certificate for postdoctoral fellows and one year of postdoctoral (or equivalent) experience for research professors.

The application deadline is 9 June 2017 for positions beginning as early as 1 August 2017 but no later than 1 October 2017. Applications must include a CV, and a list of publications. Applicants should also arrange one recommendation letter (two for the research professor position) to be e-mailed to the address given below. Only e-mail applications are acceptable and be sure to state clearly in your application whether your application is for a postdoctoral or research professor position. All application documents (PDF format preferred) should be e-mailed to

Ms. Soo-Kyung Kim skyung@postech.ac.kr

Those interested are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty members of the BK21Plus Physics Division with common research interest since selected candidates are expected to maintain a strong collaboration with the faculty members. The prospect of the strong collaboration is an important factor in the selection process. Contact information of the faculty members can be found at the POSTECH Physics Department web site http://www-ph.postech.ac.kr or at the POSTECH BK21Plus Physics Division web site http://physics21.postech.ac.kr.


Pohang Accelerator Laboratory, POSTECH

PLS-II, and PAL-XFEL

Senior Researcher Positions

The Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (PAL) has been operating the 3rd generation synchrotron light source PLS-II, and the newly completed 4th generation light source PAL-XFEL. PAL invites eligible applicants for senior researcher position for the following fields. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in the related fields and experiences in using synchrotron light sources or SASE based FELs will be credited Hiring Fields.

PLS-II

PAL-XFEL

The application deadline is May 21, 2017 by 17:00 (KST).

The detailed procedures for application including necessary qualifications and the tasks expected for the applicants can be found at http:///pal.postech.ac.kr.

Please notice that the current position can be deferred, if PAL fails to find a right candidate. For additional information, please contact the PAL HR staff : Mr. Jung-Kon Lee , withus@postech.ac.kr


Inha University

Department of Physics http://physics.inha.ac.kr/

The Inha University invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in experimental optics and/or photonic science beginning March 1st, 2018.

The position is open to experts in all areas of the experimental optics and photonic science. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics or a related field.

The application deadline is April 17, 2017 by 17:00 (KST).

The detailed application procedure can be found at http://www.inha.ac.kr/mbshome/mbs/kr/subview.do?id=kr_010805050000

For additional information, please contact the department chair: Professor Jin-Hee Yoon at jinyoon@inha.ac.kr


Korea University, Sejong

Division of Display and Semiconductor Physics (http://aphy.korea.ac.kr)

One tenure-track faculty position (expected date of start: September 1st, 2017) in condensed matter physics

We anticipate hiring at assistant or associate professor level with outstand research experience. Applicants must have a Ph. D in Physics or a closely related field, and have more than two years of postdoc experience or equivalent (by August 31, 2017).

The successful candidate is expected to teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels and to establish an independent research group in KU. He/she will be able to utilize several new facilities including the latest clean room at a new building.

To apply, applicants should submit the followings:

  1. CV including a full list of publications, patents, and research and academic experiences.
  2. three representative achievements (pdf files)
  3. Copies of official records of degrees and academic transcripts (pdf files)
All application materials should be sent to chair (Prof. Kwan-Woo Lee, mckwan@korea.ac.kr).

The application deadline is April 21, 2017 by 18:00 (KST).

Please notice that the current position can be deferred, if KU fails to find a right candidate. For additional information, please contact with the chair.


Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Department of Material Science and Engineering
Composite Materials Laboratory
http://composite.kaist.ac.kr/

Postdoctoral Position or Research Professor

Composite Materials Laboratory at KAIST invites postdoctoral fellow or research professor for KAIST BK21Plus opening. The position is opened for research in fabrication and characterization of multi-functional nanocomposites or nanomaterials.

The annual salary is 30,000,000 Korean Won (approximately US$25,300 at current exchange rate) for both postdoctoral and research professor positions.

The application deadline is 31 January 2017 for position beginning as early as 1 March 2017. The duration of position contract is 1 year terminating at 28 February 2018. Extension of position is available after evaluation of first year achievements and results.

Applications must include following documents.

  1. CV including a full list of publications (1 page pdf file)
  2. Statement of Purpose (1 page pdf file)

All application documents should be e-mailed to

Prof. Soon Hyung Hong
Professor and Director
Composite Materials Laboratory
Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
E-mail: shhong@kaist.ac.kr


Hyundai Motor Group

welcomes your good idea.

We are Hyundai-NGV, the Hyundai Motor Group’s subsidiary, responsible for academic-industry collaborative research, internship program and professional education programs for engineers.

Hyundai-NGV & Hyundai Motor Group are jointly operating research projects with many universities to develop next generation vehicle technologies. Professors from many universities are participating in our projects to produce outstanding results. Please lend your genuine thinking to accelerate our innovation by proposing research subjects!

When necessary, your proposals undergo a prior research to examine feasibility of the subject for six months with 30 million KRW (about 25,000 USD) of budgetary support.

After the feasibility research, general research will start. If your idea seems highly likely to produce promising technologies in the foreseeable future, the proposal will be jointly developed with Hyundai Motor Group R&D Divisions right away without feasibility research.

For those proposals, budget and schedule will be determined through negotiations.

For more detailed topics which are suggested by Hyundai Motor Group R&D Divisions, please refer to the attached file. “Attachment 1. The interested topic of HMC” represents the topics which your research will include but not limited to, as long as they are expected to be applied to next generation vehicles.

We receive proposals from our website http://oasis.hyundai-ngv.com/FrontMainEng.action and review the submitted proposals by three steps a year. The deadline of this year is February 28.

We are expecting your continuous interest and participation.


Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS)

Assistant Professor & Research Fellow in Theoretical Physics at KIAS

The School of Physics at Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) invites applicants for the positions at the level of KIAS assistant professor and postdoctoral research fellow in theoretical physics. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated exceptional research potential, including major contributions beyond or through the doctoral dissertation.

The annual salary starts from 49,500,000 Korean Won (approximately US$40,000 at current exchange rate) for Research Fellows, and 56,500,000 Korean Won for KIAS Assistant Professors, respectively. In addition, individual research funds of 10,000,000 ~ 13,000,000 Korean Won are available per year. The initial appointment for the position is for two years and is renewable once for up to two additional years, depending on research performance and the needs of the research program at KIAS.

Applications are normally reviewed twice a year and the respective deadlines are June 1st and December 1st. In addition, unexpected vacancies may be filled with exceptional candidates throughout the year. Applications must include a curriculum vitae with a cover letter, a list of publications, a research plan, and three letters of recommendation.

Your application materials may be sent to phys@kias.re.kr or submitted via Academic Jobs Online at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo. KIAS also accepts application via conventional mail to:


Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)

Department of Emerging Materials Science
http://ems.dgist.ac.kr

Tenure-Track Faculty Position

The Department of Emerging Materials Science at DGIST invites candidates for full-time, tenure track faculty positions.

Exceptional candidates, particularly those who will enhance our graduate program in teaching, research, and supervision of the student research, are sought. Candidates with demonstrated excellence in original research in the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates should hold a Ph. D. and have a minimum of two years of research or teaching experience. Graduate education in physics, materials science and engineering, chemistry, or a closely related field is preferred.

Interested candidates should submit an application (form available at the recruitment website) with five professional references (e.g. thesis) electronically at our faculty recruitment page (http://faculty.dgist.ac.kr).

Application Information :
If you have any questions, please contact to the recruitment manager at below contacts.
Tel : +82 (53) 785-5116, 5110
Fax : +82 (53) 785-5119

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. All positions will remain open until filled. For more information of DGIST, please visit our website at http://www.dgist.ac.kr.

DGIST is a growing institute dedicated to science and technology research and education in South Korea, where competent faculty, researchers and students seek to discover new and creative convergence knowledge and technologies. Founded by the Korean government, DGIST opened its graduate and undergraduate school in 2011 and 2014, respectively, and has been offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degree programs, continually diversifying its programs in the field of science and engineering. The number of students has been rapidly growing and it is expected to have more than 2,000 students by 2020. DGIST is pursuing international recognition with its innovative education system and many scientific luminaries hosted over the years. The Department of Emerging Materials Science started from 2013 and will take the initiative for DGIST to be one of the leading universities around the world.


Korea University (Sejong)

Department of Display and Semiconductor Physics, http://aphy.korea.ac.kr

One tenure-track faculty position (expected date of start: March 1st, 2017) in condensed matter physics

We anticipate hiring at assistant or associate professor level with outstanding research experience. Applicants must have a Ph. D in Physics or a closely related field, and have more than two years of postdoc experience or equivalent.

The successful candidate is expected to teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels and to establish an independent research group in KU. He/she will be able to utilize several new facilities including the latest clean room at a new building under construction for my department.

To apply, applicants should submit the followings:

  1. CV including a full list of publications, patents, and research and academic experiences.
  2. three representative achievements (pdf files)
  3. Copies of official records of degrees (pdf files)

All application materials should be sent to the chair (Prof. Kwan-Woo Lee, mckwan@korea.ac.kr).

The application deadline is December 6, 2016 by 18:00 (KST).

Please notice that the current position can be deferred, if KU fails to find a right candidate.

For additional information, please contact with the chair.


Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

BK21Plus Physics Division

Research Professors and Postdoctoral Fellows in Physics

POSTECH BK21Plus Physics Division has about two openings for research professors or postdoctoral fellows.

The annual salary starts from 36,000,000 Korean Won (approximately US$30,000 at the current exchange rate) for postdoctoral fellows and 48,000,000 Korean Won (approximately US$40,000) for research professors.

The initial appointment for the position is for one year with the possibility of renewal upon mutual agreement. The minimum qualification is PhD certificate for postdoctoral fellows and one year of postdoctoral (or equivalent) experience for research professors.

The application deadline is 2 December 2016 for positions beginning as early as 1 February 2017 but no later than 1 April 2017. Applications must include a CV, and a list of publications. Applicants should also arrange one recommendation letter (two for the research professor position) to be-mailed to the address given below. Only e-mail applications are acceptable and be sure to state clearly in your application whether your application is for a postdoctoral or research professor position. All application documents (PDF format preferred) should be e-mailed to

Ms. Soo-Kyung Kim
POSTECH BK21 Physics Division & Department of Physics
skyung@postech.ac.kr

Those interested are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty members of the BK21Plus Physics Division with common research interest since selected candidates are expected to maintain a strong collaboration with the faculty members. The prospect of the strong collaboration is an important factor in the selection process. Contact information of the faculty members can be found at the POSTECH Physics Department web site http://www-ph.postech.ac.kr, or at the POSTECH BK21Plus Physics Division web site http://physics21.postech.ac.kr


Chonbuk National University

Department of Physics Education
A Tenure-track Faculty Position in The Area of Theoretical Physics

The department of physics education at Chonbuk National University invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of theoretical physics.

The tenure-track faculty position officially begins from the 2017 spring semester. Applicants should have a Ph. D. degree in the area of theoretical physics. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a great research potential and to teach undergraduate and graduate levels. The position is primarily for the level of assistant professorship, but the level is negotiable depending on the research achievement and the education experience.

Applicants should submit a complete application form and required documents online at http://professor.jbnu.ac.kr/ by Nov. 18, 18:00, 2016. The details of the position openings at Chonbuk National University can be found at the Chonbuk National University website: http://professor.jbnu.ac.kr/.

Inquires will be sent to
Prof. Sang-Wook Han, Chairman
Department of Physics Education
shan@jbnu.ac.kr.


Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP)

The Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP) in Korea is seeking outstanding candidates for a couple of positions for

Leaders of Independent Junior Research Group in Theoretical Physics.

The new JRG groups will strengthen the scientific in-house program of the Center. The Center has sixteen membership countries and its goals are to organize schools and workshops and to train outstanding young scientists to become future scientific leaders of their fields. The areas of the present JRGs at the Center may be found at http://apctp.org/jrgs.

The Center policy is to grant independence to each JRG. The JRG leaders are expected to utilize the links to renowned research centers in the Asia Pacific region to which the Center has close relations.

The initial appointment is for three years and renewable up to two additional years depending on the research performance and the availability of resources for the program. The annual stipend including the severance pay will start from KRW 65,000,000 depending on the research experience and qualification. In addition, complimentary housing, office and research funds will be provided. The research fund may be used for postdoctoral fellows and students who should be recruited by each JRG leader. And also for guests, travels, seminars, computers expenses, etc. It may be revised at the end of first year. The starting date is expected to be Sep. 1, 2017, but may be negotiated to be earlier or later by a few months.

Please send your CV, publication list and a short description of your research accomplishments and future plans to jrg@apctp.org by December 16, 2016 (UTC +09:00). Two letters of recommendation should be sent separately by the application deadline.

Program officer (Junior Research Groups)
Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics
Hogil Kim Memorial Bldg. #501, POSTECH
67 Cheongam-Ro, Nam-gu, Pohang
Gyeongbuk 37673, KOREA
email: jrg@apctp.org


Kyung Hee University (Seoul Campus)

Department of Physics

A Tenure-track Faculty Position
in all the areas of Physics

The Department of Physics at Kyung Hee University (Seoul Campus) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in all the areas of physics.

The starting date of the position is March 1, 2017.

Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D and are expected to have an outstanding research record. The successful candidate is expected to develop independent high-quality research activities with externally funded research program and teach students at the undergraduate and graduate level.

The application period for online application is from Oct 26, 9:00 (KST) 2016 to Nov 10, 18:00 (KST) 2016. We encourage applications through our webpage at: https://bang.khu.ac.kr/hjis2/index.html.

Inquiries should be sent to
Prof. Chinkyo Kim, Chairman
Department of Physics

ckim@khu.ac.kr


Korea University (Sejong)

Department of Display and Semiconductor Physics http://aphy.korea.ac.kr

One tenure-track faculty position
(Date of start: March 1st, 2017):
Condensed matter physics

We seek an outstanding candidate in both theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics. We anticipate hiring at all professor levels. Applicants must have a Ph. D in Physics or a closely related field, and have more than two years of postdoc experience or equivalent.

The successful candidate is expected to teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels and to establish an independent research group in KU.

To apply, applicants should submit the followings:

  1. CV including a full list of publications, patents, and research and academic experiences.
  2. three representative achievements (pdf files)
  3. Copies of official records of degrees (pdf files)
All application materials should be sent to the chair (Prof. Kwan-Woo Lee, mckwan@korea.ac.kr).

The application deadline is November 14, 2016 by 18:00 (KST).

Please notice that the current position can be deferred, if KU fails to find a right candidate.

For additional information, please contact with the chair.

Lee, Kwan-Woo, Chair & Professor
Department of Display and Semiconductor Physics &
Department of Applied Physics, Graduate School,
Korea University, Sejong , 33010, Korea

Research Homepage: http://mckwan.korea.ac.kr
Email: gmathlee@gmail.com
Phone: 82-44-860-1766
Fax: 82-44-865-0939


Kyung Hee University (Global Campus)

Department of Applied Physics

A Tenure-track Faculty Position
in Photonics Experiment or Condensed Matter Physics Theory

The Department of Applied Physics at Kyung Hee University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the fields of photonics experiment or condensed matter physics theory.

The expected starting date of the position is March, 2017.

Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D and are expected to have an outstanding research record. The successful candidate is expected to develop independent high-quality research activities with externally funded research program and teach students at the undergraduate and graduate level.

The application period for online application is from Oct 26, 9:00 (KST) 2016 to Nov 10, 18:00 (KST) 2016. We encourage applications through our webpage at: https://bang.khu.ac.kr/hjis2/index.html.

Inquiries should be sent to
Prof. Minchul Lee, Chairman
Department of Applied Physics

minchul.lee@khu.ac.kr


Kyungpook National University

Department of Physics

A Tenure-track Faculty Position
in Experimental High Energy Physics

The Department of Physics at Kyungpook National University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the field of high energy physics experiment.

The expected starting date of the position is March, 2017.

Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D and are expected to have an outstanding research record. The successful candidate is expected to develop independent high-quality research activities with externally funded research program and teach students at the undergraduate and graduate level.

The application period for online application is from Oct 24, 10:00 (KST) 2016 to Nov 10, 12:00 (KST) 2016.

More details can be found at http://prad.knu.ac.kr/prad/ .

We require the contact information for three references so that we can contact them directly for those who pass the first selection process. Inquiries should be sent to

hongjoo@knu.ac.kr (Department Chair: Prof. H.J. Kim).


Pohang University of Science and Technology (?POSTECH)

Deptment of physics

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Optics, Biophysics, Statistical Physics, and Theoretical Particle Physics The Department of Physics has openings of several faculty positions in various fields for the spring/fall semester of 2017 or spring semester of 2018. We invite applications for the following tenure-track faculty positions:

Application review will begin on October 1, 2016. We will accept applications until the respective position is filled. Updates will be posted on the department website, http://ph.postech.ac.kr/, as needed.

We seek candidates with the potential to create world-renown research program at POSTECH. The successful candidates are expected to have international recognition in their field or a demonstrable potential for such. They are expected to establish and execute an independent research group at POSTECH, and should interact and collaborate effectively with scientists in other research institutes and organizations. We anticipate hiring at the assistant professor level, but will also consider an associate professor appointment for exceptional candidates.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related field. Preference will be given to applicants with more than two years of postdoc experience, or equivalent. They will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in English and supervise graduate students. Position and compensation will be commensurate with experience.

POSTECH is building a culturally diverse body of faculty, students and staff. Non-Korean citizens and female scientists are encouraged to apply.

To apply

Candidates should submit an application package that consists of:

  1. a Curriculum Vitae including full list of publications, patents, and technology transfers etc.,
  2. a statement of past research and future plans,
  3. five representative achievements (journal publications and/or R&D records),
  4. official records of degrees, and
  5. three references with their contacts information.
Please be reminded that all documents sent will not be returned. Moreover, the current offer can be deferred if POSTECH fails to find a right person.

The application deadline is September 30, 2016 by 18:00 (KST). Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. All application materials should be sent to

For additional information, please contact: Mr. Kwang Young SONG (054-279-3711)


Sogang University

The Department of Physics is seeking an outstanding experimentalist. Applications are invited for one tenure-track faculty position at all levels.

  1. Date of start (expected): 1st March 2017
  2. Area: Experiment in condensed matter or optics
  3. Minimum requirement: At least 5 SCI papers published since 1st January 2013 as either the 1st author or the corresponding author. (Exceptional consideration may be given for the top IF science journals).
  4. Application deadline: 31st August 2016.
Please send CV and the full publication list to chairofphysics@sogang.ac.kr as for primary documents.