Assistant Professor, Shock Physics

Feb 15, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Professor, 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 five 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. Academic partners in the Institute's dynamic compression activities include Princeton University, California Institute of Technology, and Stanford University. This position is located in Pullman, WA.

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). We are seeking to hire an outstanding experimentalist in the area of Dynamic Compression Science (Assistant Professor Rank). Candidates from a broad range of scientific areas (Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science, High Energy Density Physics, and Planetary Science) will be considered, provided they have a demonstrated record of creativity and excellence in dynamic compression research. In exceptional cases, a higher rank may be considered. 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 joint appointment or affiliation with 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.

Required Qualifications:
Only applicants who are currently in the U.S. and meet the following qualifications will be considered for these positions:

  • Earned PhD in Physics, Materials Science, or a relevant scientific discipline and at least 2 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.

Posting Open Date: 02/13/2018

Posting Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

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