Summary of Duties: The Institute for Shock Physics is seeking to hire an outstanding researcher in the area of Dynamic Compression Science (Full Professor Rank) who will also serve as an Associate Director. 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.
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 a joint appointment and tenure in the 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 researcher and proven leader with a strong record of program development and research accomplishments who can provide scientific leadership 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 a senior faculty appointment. The individual hired in this position will be expected to become the ISP Director in the future.
Required Qualifications: Only applicants who are currently in the U.S. and meet the following qualifications will be considered:
PhD in Physics or a relevant academic discipline and 10-12 years of post-PhD research experience by the appointment start-date.
Strong research credentials in dynamic compression science as demonstrated by significant peer reviewed publications.
Demonstrated leadership qualities, with a strong record of program development and research accomplishments.
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 graduate students and postdoctoral research associates.
Personal attributes should include strong leadership abilities, excellent communication skills and critical thinking, sound judgment, high levels of creativity and energy, and the ability to inspire others.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.