Western Washington University

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Experimental Physics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western Washington University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position starting September 2020. The position requires a Ph.D. in physics or closely related field. Applications will be considered from individuals with a research specialty in experimental physics, broadly defined.

Candidates must have a record of significant scholarly accomplishment and the potential for establishing an active independent research program involving undergraduate students that strengthens existing areas of expertise in the department or college. Postdoctoral research or equivalent experience is strongly preferred. Candidates should also have a demonstrated record of, or potential for effective teaching at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. Demonstrated experience with, or interest in the use of student-centered teaching approaches and demonstrated interest in, and potential for teaching upper-division laboratory courses are also preferred. A successful applicant will be expected to pursue an on-campus research program that will actively involve undergraduate students, and to apply for external grant support. Candidates must demonstrate an ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse identities and backgrounds, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Applications must include (1) a detailed cover letter describing the ways in which the applicant's background addresses the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a statement of teaching philosophy, (3) a statement outlining proposed research plans, specifically addressing plans for undergraduate involvement, (4) a statement that addresses how your cultural, experiential, and/or academic background has prepared you to support the success of students with backgrounds or identities that are underrepresented in STEM fields as well as your commitment to these issues, and (5) a full curriculum vitae including the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references. Do not send letters of recommendation; they will be requested only for semi-finalists. Review of applications will begin on November 29, 2019 and the position will remain open until filled. All application materials must be uploaded at **www.wwu.edu/jobs.

Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Takele Seda, at takele.seda@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3838.

Western Washington University is a primarily undergraduate institution in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a bachelor of science degree in physics and a bachelor of arts degree in math/physics education. More information can be found at www.wwu.edu/physics.

**WWU is an AA/EO employer.

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Last updated: 2019-10-10