Tenure-Track Faculty Positions: Assistant or Associate Professor Rank – Dynamic Compression Science (Experimentalists)

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Institute for Shock Physics
City: Pullman
State/Province: WA
Country: USA
Contact Person: Sheila Heyns
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Washington State University
Application Due Date: Thursday, December 31 2015
Web Link: http://shock.wsu.edu/about/career-opportunities/

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions:  Assistant or Associate Professor Rank

Dynamic Compression Science (Experimentalists)

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. [1]

WSU is making investments to broaden and enhance the Institute’s unique and eminent national role well into the future and has established new tenure-track faculty positions in the Institute for Shock Physics.  We are seeking to hire two experimentalists (Assistant or Associate Professor Rank) in the area of Dynamic Compression Science.  Candidates from a broad range of scientific areas (Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy Density Physics, Planetary Science, Mechanics of Materials, and Materials 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 individuals hired will be expected to develop a strong externally-funded research program in dynamic compression science, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in physics or a relevant academic discipline.  These faculty positions are full-time, academic year, tenure-track positions in the Institute for Shock Physics, located on the WSU Pullman campus, with the possibility of joint appointments or affiliation with relevant academic departments at WSU.  Additionally, there exist excellent opportunities for collaborations with scientists at the DOE/NNSA and DoD Laboratories.

We are seeking outstanding experimentalists 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, a strong interest in teaching, and having the requisite scientific stature for these positions.

Responsibilities for these positions include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop an externally-supported, independent research program.
  • Train and mentor graduate students and post-doctoral research associates.
  • Publish in peer-reviewed journals, including high-impact journals.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Physics or a relevant academic department related to the faculty member’s discipline.
  • Disseminate results and findings at national and international venues (conferences/meetings/colloquia) – invited and contributed presentations.
  • Engage in activities, both internal and external to WSU, to enhance the scientific impact and stature of the ISP, specifically by conducting state-of-the-art research and by fostering research collaborations within and outside WSU.

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

  • PhD in Physics or a relevant academic discipline and 2-3 years of post-PhD research experience for the Assistant Professor rank.  Candidates for the Associate Professor rank are required to have a minimum of 6 years of post-PhD research experience by the employment start date.
  • Strong research credentials in dynamic compression science as demonstrated by significant 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 in dynamic compression science; the ability to define and lead new research thrusts; the ability to lead multidisciplinary research projects, as appropriate; a strong interest in teaching, and the requisite scientific stature for the position.
  • The ability and expertise to guide and supervise 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.

To apply, submit a cover letter addressing the required qualifications; detailed curriculum vitae; a description of research accomplishments and research plans; and contact information for five professional references.

The application process consists of two parts:  

  1. Please send applications via email directly to the attention of Ms. Sheila Heyns at [email protected].
  2. Please upload your materials online at the WSU recruitment website:  https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/20527.  

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.  Please contact Ms. Sheila Heyns with inquiries regarding this position ([email protected], 509-335-1861).

Additional information about the Institute for Shock Physics and Washington State University follows:

The Institute for Shock Physics
The Institute has ongoing research activities at the following three locations:

  • Institute for Shock Physics – Pullman, WA:  Combining research innovations and rigorous education (shock.wsu.edu)
  • Dynamic Compression Sector – Argonne, IL:  Frontier of dynamic compression science (first-of-a-kind worldwide user facility) located at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory (dcs-aps.wsu.edu)
  • Applied Sciences Laboratory – Spokane, WA: Transforming science into practical solutions (asl.wsu.edu)

Washington State University
Washington State University, one of the two research universities in the state, was founded in 1890 as the state’s land-grant institution and is located in Pullman with regional campuses in Spokane, Vancouver and the Tri-Cities.  It is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive University with a strong emphasis on excellence in research and education.  Current enrollment is approximately 28,686 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.  The University offers more than 200 fields of study, with 95 majors for undergraduates, 76 master’s degree programs, 66 doctoral degree programs, and 3 professional degree programs.  Academically, the University is organized into 11 colleges (Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business; Communication; Education; Engineering and Architecture; Honors; Medical Sciences, Nursing; Pharmacy; Veterinary Medicine) and a Graduate School.  For more information, please visit www.wsu.edu.

WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer.


[1] Seven out of fifteen awards of the American Physical Society’s George E. Duvall Shock Compression Science Award have gone to WSU graduates and/or faculty members to date. (aps.org/programs/honors/awards/shock.cfm)