Assistant/Associate Professor, Institute for Shock Physics
Employee Type: Faculty
Position Number: 121302
Work Location: Pullman
Summary of Duties: The Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) is a multidisciplinary research organization, within the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Washington State University (WSU), with an emphasis on understanding condensed matter response at extreme conditions. The WSU shock physics effort, widely recognized as the academic leader in the field, has a long and distinguished history of research innovations and excellence, and rigorous hands-on training in studying material response under extreme dynamic compression. Spanning more than 60 years, many pioneering developments in shock wave experiments and theory have been carried out at WSU. One of WSU's most notable achievements in this field has been the outstanding group of scientists who have been educated and trained as graduate students and postdoctoral research associates. These individuals have gone on to become leaders in this field. Academic partners in the Institute's dynamic compression activities include Princeton University, California Institute of Technology, and Stanford University.
WSU is making investments to broaden and enhance the Institute's unique and eminent national role well into the future and has established a tenure-track faculty position in the Institute for Shock Physics (ISP). We are seeking to hire an outstanding experimentalist in the area of Dynamic Compression Science with a background in the Physical Sciences. For applicants at the Assistant Professor level, a strong track record of research publications and potential for obtaining external funding is required. Exceptionally strong applicants will be considered for a position at the Associate Professor rank.
The individual hired will be expected to develop a strong externally-funded research program in dynamic compression science, teach undergraduate and graduate courses in physics or a relevant academic discipline, and guide the research activities of graduate students and postdocs.
This is a permanent, full-time, academic year (9 month), tenure-track position in the Institute for Shock Physics, located on the WSU Pullman campus, with the possibility of a joint appointment and tenure in a relevant academic department at WSU. Additionally, there exist excellent opportunities for collaborations with faculty at partner universities (Princeton, Caltech, and Stanford), and scientists at the DOE/NNSA and DoD Laboratories.
We are seeking an outstanding experimentalist with a strong record of research and scholarship in dynamic compression science, the ability to define and lead new research thrusts, the ability to lead multidisciplinary research projects and guide others, a strong interest in teaching, and having the requisite scientific stature for this position.
Required Qualifications: Only applicants who are currently in the U.S. and meet the following required qualifications will be considered for the position.
Earned PhD in Physics or a relevant scientific discipline and at least 2 years of post-PhD research experience by the hire date for the Assistant Professor rank. For the Associate Professor rank, 6-8 years of post-PhD research experience by the hire date.
Strong research credentials in dynamic compression science as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications.
Demonstrated leadership qualities, and the ability to develop and manage an independent research program.
Hands-on expertise in conducting dynamic compression experiments.
A strong record of research and scholarship; the ability to define and lead new research thrusts; and the ability to lead multidisciplinary research projects, as appropriate.
The ability and strong interest to guide and supervise the research activities of students and postdoctoral research associates.
Strong interest in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.
Personal attributes should include excellent communication skills and critical thinking, sound judgment, high levels of creativity and energy, and the ability to inspire others.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.