Department Chair – College of Science Physics & Astronomy

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Current state: Approved
Department: Physics and Astronomy
City: San Antonio
State/Province: Texas
Country: USA
Institution: The University of Texas at San Antonio
Application Due Date: Friday, November 16 2018
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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas at
San Antonio (UTSA) is seeking a dynamic Chair that can lead the department
to preeminence in an extraordinarily diverse University that is focused on a
significant expansion of its research mission. This is an exemplary opportunity
for a leader to strengthen partnerships with premier research institutions in San
Antonio such as the Southwest Research Institute, Air Force Research Laboratory,
UT Health San Antonio, and others. Areas of research excellence within the
department include astrophysics, biophysics, computational physics, condensed
matter, materials science, nanotechnology, and space and planetary science.
Several interdisciplinary research and educational opportunities are ongoing
with Environmental Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and the College of
Engineering among others. The Department has a joint Ph.D. degree with the
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) allowing its faculty and Ph.D. students
access to over $400M of research projects that include leadership roles in
NASA?s space physics and planetary missions. UT San Antonio?s future will
focus on student success and building one of the nation?s most diverse research
intensive universities. The Department Chair will play a critical role in linking
the Department to this growth and success. UT San Antonio also benefits from
being in a major metropolitan area that retains the attributes of smaller
neighborhoods, excellent schools, and an extremely welcoming environment.

Required qualifications: a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy or related area of
physical science or engineering; an active research program with a distinguished
publication record and a strong international reputation. Preferred qualifications:
commitment to excellence in teaching at all levels including Ph.D.; leadership
and administrative experience; and an active, high-profile research program in
an area of physics and/or astronomy. Responsibilities include a commitment to
the development and growth of the Physics and Astronomy program, as well as
teaching, supervising student research at all levels, and maintaining an externally
funded research program. Descriptions of current departmental research efforts
can be found at

UTSA, the third largest academic institution of the University of Texas
System, has an enrollment of nearly 31,000 students. Ph.D. students have
access to world-class facilities at UTSA and SwRI that includes advanced
microscopy, spectroscopy, optical and particle instrument calibration and
MEMS laboratories. Screening of completed applications will begin
immediately and will continue until the position is filled.