Assistant Professor

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Physics
City: Boise
State/Province: ID
Country: USA
Contact Person: Brian Jackson
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Boise State University
Application Due Date: Sunday, October 13 2019
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The Department of Physics at Boise State University seeks applicants for a tenure-track physics faculty position in either computational astrophysics or computational condensed-matter physics at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position starts August 2020.

Position Overview:

  • One tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in the Department of Physics in the area of either Computational Astrophysics or Computational Condensed-Matter Physics

Duties and Responsibilities

  • As an independent principle investigator, hires, supervises, trains, mentors, and assigns appropriate lab work to undergraduate physics majors and graduate student research assistants.
  • Serves as PhD thesis supervisor to graduate students in either the Computing PhD program (if astrophysics) or the Materials Science & Engineering PhD program (if condensed-matter).
  • Writes and presents papers for publication, conferences, and grant submissions, and mentors research students to do the same.
  • Determines direction of research efforts with deep understanding of current and previous research and scientific literature.
  • Ensures accurate collection and analysis of data gathered in research experiments, and able to interpret data using statistical methodology.
  • Obtains sufficient external funding to independently support research program, lab, and salaries of undergraduate and PhD students.
  • Highly skilled in teaching of both undergraduate and graduate physics courses.
  • Service to the university via committees as assigned by the department chair.

Minimum Qualifications:    

  • PhD and subsequent research experience at the time of application
  • Ability to build a vigorous, externally-funded research program that engages, mentors, and supports both undergraduate physics majors and PhD students in either the Computing (Astrophysics hire) or the Materials Science & Engineering (Condensed-Matter Physics hire) interdisciplinary PhD program at Boise State University
  • Expertise in computing, simulation, and data science.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience carrying out post-doctoral research
  • Strong publication record attesting to a successful research program
  • Experience of leadership and collaboration in scientific research

The successful candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • A passion for teaching and learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Knowledge and ability to teach the full range of classes in the core curriculum of the physics major
  • A commitment to excellent teaching and the use evidenced-based active-learning approaches in course instruction
  • Engagement with, and use of, the resources and training provided by Boise State University’s Center for Teaching and Learning to excel in classroom instruction
  • Interest, experience, and/or ability to promote inclusion of traditionally underrepresented groups in research and academic programming

Required Application Materials: 

Please combine the following information into one PDF for upload into the system:

– Cover letter

– CV

– Detailed research plan

– Statement of teaching experience, teaching interests, and plans for development as an instructor

– Names and contact information of four professional references


Closing Date: 

The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Sunday, October 13, 2019.