Full-time, tenure-track assistant professor of physics, beginning September 2018. The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications from candidates in experimental condensed matter physics, broadly defined. The Department and the College of Sciences and Engineering support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this faculty position.
About the College/Department:
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is comprised of 14 full-time faculty and 120 undergraduate physics majors. Physics B.S. and Math/Physics B.A.Ed. degrees are offered. In recent years, the department has placed increased emphasis on providing meaningful research opportunities for its majors, including hiring new tenure-track faculty committed to undergraduate research. Members of the department are also active in the development of new educational materials and innovative teaching methods. The common vision shared within the department is to make the WWU Department of Physics and Astronomy the most outstanding undergraduate program of its kind in the nation.
The department and college are committed to creating equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for their students, faculty and staff. A number of faculty-led initiatives and committees focus on diversity and inclusivity in the classroom and beyond. The college’s STEM Inclusion & Outreach Specialist, who also teaches in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, maintains partnerships with faculty and inclusion programs locally and nationally that are devoted to recruitment and advancement of underrepresented students in STEM. Student clubs --e.g. SACNAS, Women in Physics, and Out in Science – are also vital to advancing inclusion within the college.
Teach upper and lower division undergraduate physics courses, and possibly courses in support of other programs in the college, such as the Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center (AMSEC) or the Institute for Energy Studies (IES). Develop and maintain a research program involving undergraduate students, and seek extramural funding in support of research. Participate in student advising and departmental committees and activities. Overall, fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students.
Ph.D. in physics or closely related field by the time of appointment
Active research in experimental condensed matter physics, broadly defined
Strong record of scholarship and commitment to developing sustainable undergraduate research opportunities
Strong record of, or potential for, effective teaching at the undergraduate level
Demonstrated interest in, and potential for teaching upper-division laboratory courses
Demonstrated ability and commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the department
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Post-doctoral research (or equivalent) experience
Research specialization complements existing research programs in the department or college
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience and qualificaitons
With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouv...er, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.