Business Title: Assistant Professor - Physics and Astronomy
Location: WSU PULLMAN CAMPUS
Employee Type: Faculty
Job Family: Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washington State University invites applications for a permanent, full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Pullman, WA, with a specialty in astrophysics. Candidates working in all areas of astronomy, astrophysics, and gravitational physics will be considered. The Department is especially interested in candidates whose research complements the work of existing faculty.
It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin the appointment on August 16, 2023.
The successful applicant will be expected to establish a vigorous externally funded research program, to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to engage in department, university, professional and/or community service.
Completed a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or a related field by August 16, 2023
Demonstrated record of or potential to initiate and lead research as evidenced by an established record of publications in scientific journals and/or extramural funding
Demonstrated experience or potential for teaching centered in best pedagogy practices
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts on campus and externally
About WSU, Pullman, and the College of Arts and Sciences: Washington State University, a land grant, multiple-campus Research 1 institution. This position will serve on the Pullman campus, which has an enrollment of around 20,000 students and is located in Southeastern Washington on the homelands of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and Palus people. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. For more information about the region, please see https://pullmanchamber.com.
Encompassing more than 30 departments, schools, and research institutes on five campuses statewide, the College of Arts & Sciences is the heart of WSU. Together our 730+ faculty and staff deliver more than 50% of WSU's total undergraduate and graduate instruction, including the vast majority of WSU's core curriculum. We also drive annual research expenditures of more than $26 million, with wide interdisciplinary strengths in public and community health, environmental change, equity and social justice, and data and technology at the boundaries. As Arts & Sciences begins its 10th anniversary as a unified college, we seek to lead a reimagining of WSU's land-grant mission for the 21st century, expanding the boundaries of creativity and discovery while simultaneously recognizing more completely our obligations to Native and Indigenous peoples. For more about the College of Arts & Sciences at WSU, please see https://cas.wsu.edu.
About the Department of Physics and Astronomy: The Department of Physics and Astronomy strives for excellence in all of its four highly interrelated activities in support of its teaching and research mission:
Strategically focused research at the forefront of the physical sciences
Graduate education that combines formal in-class instruction with outstanding research experience
Undergraduate education and research experiences
Educational, professional, and community service
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is one of the premiere academic units at WSU. Its 20 faculty and 55-70 graduate students engage in cutting edge research that attracts more than $2M/year in extramural funding. We are involved with ground-based facilities and surveys such as LIGO, the Merian Survey, the Young Supernova Experiment, and Skynet, and also space -based facilities such as HST, Chandra, JWST, Kepler, and CHEOPS. We also have ties to the Advanced Light Source (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), DOE/NNSA National Laboratories, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). We are physically proximate to LIGO Hanford, PNNL, and the University of Idaho (10-minute drive), and we have strong ties to the University of Washington. To learn more about the department, please see https://physics.wsu.edu.
WSU acknowledges that its locations statewide are on the homelands of Native American peoples, who have lived in this region and have been caretakers of the land from time immemorial. The Morrill Act of 1862 established our land-grant institution by providing public and federal lands that are traced back to the disposition of Indigenous lands, often taken by coercive and violent acts, and the disregard of treaties. For that, we extend our deepest apologies. We owe our deepest gratitude to the Native peoples of this region and maintain our commitment towards reconciliation. And as a land-grant institution, WSU is deeply committed to the land-grant mission, its Memorandums of Understanding with Native tribes in the region, and a tradition of service to society. To read the full WSU land acknowledgement, please see https://wsu.edu/about/wsu-land-acknowledgement/.
Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Educator and Employer. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.
WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/). WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
In accordance with Washington State Governor's Proclamation 21.14.3, as a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation by time of hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Full vaccination status or an approved accommodation will be verified prior to your first day of work. Should you not be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation you will not be able to start employment with WSU. Information regarding vaccine verification and/or requesting a medical/religious accommodation is available at https://hrs.wsu.edu/covid-19/vax-verification/. Please contact HRS at email@example.com or 509-335-4521 if you have questions.
Area/College: College of Arts & Sciences Department Name: Department of Physics & Astronomy City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA, 99164 Department Link:physics.wsu.edu/ FTE: 100% Tenure Track: Yes This is a permanent position.
Salary/Benefits: Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and accompanied by excellent fringe benefits. Please see http://hrs.wsu.edu/employees/benefits/. Screening Begin Date: Formal screening of applications will begin November 11, 2022,and will continue until the position is filled. Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check. Required Documents:
A cover letter addressing qualifications for this position
Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement (no more than 500 words)
Please arrange to have letters sent from at least three references who can address your history of and potential for excellence in research, teaching, and service. Reference letters should be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inquiries should be directed to Guy Worthey by email at email@example.com or telephone at 509 335 9532.
Time Type: Full time
Position Term: 9 Month - Summer
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.
WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 its C...ommunity 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.