Institute for Shock Physics, Washington State University
February 16, 2018
Faculty 4-Year College/University
Physics: Materials, Physics: Physics
NOTICE OF VACANCY Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Experimentalist
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 Academic partners in the Institute’s dynamic compression activities include Princeton University, California Institute of Technology, and Stanford University.
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.
We are seeking an outstanding experimentalist 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 this position.
Responsibilities 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 this position: • 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.
Application Process To apply, submit a cover letter addressing the required qualifications; detailed curriculum vitae; a description of research accomplishments and research plans; a teaching philosophy statement and plans; and contact information for at least three professional references (five preferred).
1. Please send applications via email directly to the attention of Ms. Sheila Heyns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Please upload your materials online at the WSU recruitment website: https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/36653. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Please contact Ms. Sheila Heyns with inquiries regarding this position (email@example.com, 509-335-1861).
Additional information about the Institute for Shock Physics and Washington State University follows: The Institute for Shock Physics Overview 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. Due to its strong emphasis on excellence in research and education, the Carnegie Classification™ has designated WSU as RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity).
Current enrollment is approximately 29,686 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The University offers more than 200 fields of study, with 95 majors for undergraduates, 79 master’s degree programs, 63 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; Medicine; Nursing; Pharmacy; and Veterinary Medicine) and a Graduate School. WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer.
About Institute for Shock Physics, Washington State University
THE INSTITUTE FOR SHOCK PHYSICS
A multidisciplinary research organization within the College of Arts and Sciences, the ISP undertakes a broad range of fundamental scientific activities related to understanding condensed matter response under dynamic and static compression. Washington State University has a long and distinguished history of conducting research in dynamic compression science. In 1997, the Institute was established with support from the DOE (Defense Programs) to ensure a strong, long-term academic base for the DOE’s national security mission, and is currently funded through NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship Academic Alliance (SSAA) program.
Continuum-to-Atomic level understanding is the pervading scientific theme of the research activities that emphasize integration of innovative experiments with theoretical and computational advances. Multidisciplinary efforts that combine expertise in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, and Mechanical Engineering are underway to address several exciting and challenging scientific problems. In addition to the faculty within the Institute, students and faculty from several departments within the College of Arts and Sciences and... the College Engineering participate in the Institute’s research projects. Excellent research interactions are in place with the NNSA National Laboratories: Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia.
A brief summary of the Institute’s activities follows. Experimental work, under dynamic compression, typically involves fast, time-resolved measurements in single event, impact experiments. Research projects currently underway include: time-resolved x-ray diffraction studies; pressure induced structural phase transitions; understanding of inelastic deformation and failure under dynamic loading; effect of material microstructure on dynamic deformation; chemical decomposition in energetic materials; development of fast optical methods to probe shock induced changes; effect of deformation on semiconductor properties; high pressure equation of state studies; and chemical and physical changes under static high pressures. Since Professor C. S. Yoo’s appointment in 2007, a strong static high pressure research program has complemented the shock wave effort. Very recently (Summer 2013), Professor Christian Mailhiot was hired to build a strong theoretical/computational research effort to complement the experimental activities.
State-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities are housed in the Shock Physics Building. Inaugurated in 2003, the building was designed specifically for shock wave research and represents a unique facility among academic institutions. The major experimental research facilities available for studying physical and chemical phenomena over a large range of length and time scales include the Impact Laboratory, Laser Shock Laboratory, Static High Pressure Laboratory, and the Compact Pulsed Power Facility. Among the Institute’s research capabilities is a Computational Facility designed to complement the experimental effort. Further details may be seen at www.shock.wsu.edu.
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