Assistant Professor, Dynamic Compression of Heterogeneous Materials

Jan 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Professor, Dynamic Compression of Heterogeneous Materials

Employee Type: Faculty

Position Number: 121301

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 the response of materials under 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 materials response under extreme dynamic compression. Spanning six decades, 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.

WSU is making investments to broaden and enhance the Institute's unique and eminent national role well into the future and has established a new tenure-track faculty position in the Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) located in Pullman, WA. We are seeking to hire an outstanding experimentalist in the area of Dynamic Compression of Heterogeneous Materials at the Assistant Professor Rank. In exceptional cases, a higher rank may be considered. The heterogeneous materials of interest may be broadly described as composites, engineered materials, materials with architecture, additively manufactured structures, granular materials, or cellular foams - in contrast to bulk, homogeneous materials.

Candidates from a range of scientific/engineering disciplines (Solid Mechanics, Materials Science, and Solid State Physics) will be considered, provided they have a demonstrated record of creativity and excellence in research related to the mechanical response of materials, and the interest in and ability to examine the response of heterogeneous materials to dynamic loading.

The individual hired will be expected to develop a strong externally funded research program, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in a relevant academic discipline. This is a permanent full-time, academic year (9 month), tenure-track position in the Institute for Shock Physics with the possibility of a joint appointment or affiliation with a relevant academic department at WSU. Additionally, there exist excellent opportunities for collaborations with 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, and a strong interest in teaching.

The College of Arts and Sciences:
We are the largest academic unit in the WSU system and a powerhouse of research, scholarly, and creative activity.

Comprised of social, natural, and physical sciences, humanities, mathematics, and the arts, the college's foundational disciplines provide a strong framework for educational and research activities across the institution and fully support the University's goal to advance knowledge through innovative scholarship and research.

We are united by the spirit of inquiry, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, and strengthened by our service to the community.

Required Qualifications:
  • PhD in, Solid Mechanics, Materials Science, Solid State Physics, or a relevant academic discipline by the hire date.
  • Strong research credentials in research related to the mechanical response of materials, as demonstrated by significant peer reviewed publications.
  • Demonstrated leadership potential, and the ability to develop and manage an independent research program.
  • Demonstrated expertise and interest in the study of heterogeneous materials.
  • A strong record of research and scholarship; the ability to define and guide new research thrusts; the ability to guide multidisciplinary research projects, as appropriate; a strong interest in teaching, and the requisite scientific stature for the position.
  • The ability and expertise to guide successfully the research activities of students and postdoctoral research associates.
  • Personal attributes should include excellent communication skills and critical thinking, sound judgment, high levels of creativity and energy, and the ability to inspire others.

Posting Open Date: 01/20/2017

Posting Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

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