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. We are seeking to hire an outstanding individual in the area of Dynamic Compression Science for a Faculty position. The Institute seeks an experimentalist with exceptional promise for, or proven record of, research achievements, and the ability to contribute to the ISP’s role as the pre-eminent academic research organization in the field. The faculty rank (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) is open and will be determined based on the applicant’s qualifications, record of achievements, and scientific stature.
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, and guide the research activities of graduate students and postdocs. This is a permanent, full-time, academic year (9 month), tenure-track or tenured position – located on the WSU Pullman campus – with the possibility of joint appointment in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Additionally, there exist excellent opportunities for collaborations with faculty at partner universities (Princeton University, California Institute of Technology, and Stanford University), and scientists at the DOE/NNSA and DoD Laboratories.
Qualifications Only applicants who are currently in the U.S. and meet the following required qualifications will be considered for the position. • Earned PhD in Physics, or a related field, and a strong experimental record in dynamic compression science. • Outstanding research credentials as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications and scientific achievements/stature – commensurate with the faculty rank. • Demonstrated leadership qualities, and the interest/ability to develop and manage an independent research program. • Strong interest and ability to guide graduate students and postdocs.
Applications Please send application materials thru wsu.edu/jobs. The following materials should be included in your application package: • Cover letter summarizing your scientific accomplishments and vision for your research program at ISP • Curriculum vitae • Research Statement (limit 5 pages) • Teaching philosophy statement (limit 2 pages) • Contact information for 3 - 5 professional references 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).
About Institute for Shock Physics at Washington State University in Pullman, WA
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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