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 60 years, 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. 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 tenure-track faculty positions in the Institute for Shock Physics (ISP). We are seeking to hire two outstanding individuals in the area of Dynamic Compression Science in the following ranks:
• Professor and Associate Director • Assistant/Associate Professor
The Faculty members hired will have access to unique and state-of-the-art research capabilities and facilities at three locations: The Institute for Shock Physics (Pullman, WA); the Dynamic Compression Sector at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, IL); and the Applied Sciences Laboratory (Spokane, WA). These are permanent, full-time, academic year (9 month), tenure-track positions in the Institute for Shock Physics, located on the WSU Pullman campus, with the possibility of a joint appointment and tenure in the relevant academic department at WSU. Additionally, there exist excellent opportunities for collaborations with scientists at the DOE/NNSA and DoD Laboratories.
Candidates from a broad range of scientific areas (Condensed Matter Physics/Chemistry, Materials Science, High Energy Density Physics, Planetary Science, and Mechanics of Materials) will be considered, provided they have a demonstrated record of excellence in dynamic compression research. Further information about WSU and the Institute for Shock Physics may be found at https://shock.wsu.edu.
To inquire further about these faculty positions, please contact Ms. Sheila Heyns (firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-335-1861).
About Institute of 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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