The Department of Physics (physics.cos.ucf.edu) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level expected to begin in August 2016. As part of the recently awarded Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) initiative with the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), we seek candidates with experience in exploration-related planetary science including, but not limited to, regolith processes, microgravity dynamics, impact physics, primitive asteroid mineralogy, and in-situ resource utilization. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment in Planetary Sciences, Physics, or a closely related discipline, and a record of independent, interdisciplinary research. The successful applicant is expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program and have a strong commitment to excellence in graduate and undergraduate education.
UCF is a leading, fast growing, metropolitan research university with about 63,000 students. The Department of Physics currently has 40 faculty members, offers B.S., B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Physics and a Ph.D. track in Planetary Sciences (www.planets.ucf.edu ), and has recently moved into a state-of-the-art research building. Departmental research programs include condensed matter physics, surface physics, nanoscience, soft condensed matter, planetary science, biological physics, atomic and optical physics, attosecond physics, quantum information processing, and physics education. There are opportunities to benefit from synergy with the UCF-based Florida Space Institute (fsi.ucf.edu), the Nanoscience and Technology Center, the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC), the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL), and the Biomolecular Sciences Center.
Interested individuals must complete an on-line application by going to: www.jobswithucf.com. At the time of application, the following documents should also be uploaded: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research and teaching portfolio, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Screening of applications will begin November 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.
Questions regarding this search may be directed to Dr. Daniel Britt, Chair, Planetary Science Search Committee, at [email protected].