Western Kentucky University Physics and Astronomy Assistant Professor The Department of Physics & Astronomy of Western Kentucky University (WKU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty member to join our growing initiative in materials science. We are particualry interested in individuals who's interest lie in biophysical applications of materals. Our research areas include artificial olfactory systems, photodeactivation of pathogens using nanomaterials, novel medical applications of graphene and other 2D nanomaterials. hybrid nanostructures, laser optimization of surface characteristics, advanced catalysis, and renewable energy. We seek an experimental or theoretical physicist whose research interests would complement and/or enhance these activities. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related discipline, post-doctoral experience, and will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level. They will establish a vigorous externally-funded research program that engages undergraduate and graduate students. WKU has a large complement of instrumentation that will be made available. A suitable startup package will be negotiated. Application materials must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, research statement, statement on diversity, equity and inclusion, and list of at least three references including complete addresses and contact information. Additional information can be found at wku.edu/physics/search. Applications should be submitted online at wku.interviewexchange.com, referencing position number 999282. Review of applications will begin on January 21. Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment. Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to empowering its campus community to embrace diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and living environments. At the heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities. WKU is committed to a policy of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all candidates. Western Kentucky University will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO) at (270) 745-5121.
The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related discipline, post-doctoral experience.
About Western Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a student-centered, applied-research institution committed to providing its students with a transformative academic and social experience and to elevating its surrounding communities. Founded in 1906, WKU is the second largest undergraduate institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with approximately 17,500 students (32% first generation, 18% underrepresented minority) and nearly 2,900 faculty and staff employees.
Western Kentucky University is committed to empowering its campus community to embrace diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and living environments. At the heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities.
Located 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY, WKU’s main campus is in Bowling Green, KY—a city with approximately 70,000 residents. With an ethnically and diverse population, more than 85 languages are spoken in and around Bowling Green, and people from 35 nationalities call our co...mmunity home.
WKU seeks to attract talented faculty and staff who are inspired individually to contribute to WKU’s strategic plans and ongoing success. We offer comprehensive wellness and health benefits to employees and their families, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents and take pride in providing a workplace culture that supports balancing the responsibilities of work and family life. Paid-time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, and a tuition discount program for employees and dependent are also provided. Learn more about WKU and Bowling Green at wku.edu/about.
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