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Washington State University Institute for Shock Physics

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

Washington State University (WSU) is committed to significant advances in research, innovation, and scholarship through strategic investments in faculty, research infrastructure, and by building on WSU’s research strengths.  The Shock Physics effort at WSU has a long and distinguished record — spanning 55 plus years — of research excellence and rigorous education.  The Institute for Shock Physics (ISP), a highly successful multidisciplinary research organization within the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), is nationally/internationally recognized for its scientific achievements and leadership in dynamic compression science.

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions (Institute for Shock Physics, Pullman, WA)

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) Dynamic Compression of Heterogeneous Materials
We are seeking to hire an outstanding experimentalist in the area of Dynamic Compression of Heterogeneous Materials at the Assistant Professor Rank. In exceptional cases, a higher rank may be considered. The heterogeneous materials of interest may be broadly described as composites, engineered materials, materials with architecture, additively manufactured structures, granular materials, or cellular foams – in contrast to bulk, homogeneous materials.

Candidates from a range of scientific/engineering disciplines (Solid Mechanics, Materials Science, and Solid State Physics) will be considered, provided they have a demonstrated record of creativity and excellence in research related to the mechanical response of materials, and the interest in and ability to examine the response of heterogeneous materials to dynamic loading.

The individual hired will be expected to develop a strong externally funded research program, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in a relevant academic discipline. This is a permanent full-time, academic year (9 month), tenure-track position in the Institute for Shock Physics with the possibility of a joint appointment or affiliation with a relevant academic department at WSU. Additionally, there exist excellent opportunities for collaborations with scientists at the DOE/NNSA and DoD Laboratories.

Professor/Associate Professor (Tenure Track) and Associate Director Experimentalist
We are seeking to hire an outstanding experimentalist in the area of Dynamic Compression Science (Associate Professor or Full Professor Rank) who will also serve as an Associate Director for the ISP. Candidates from a broad range of scientific areas (Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy Density Physics, Materials Science, and Planetary Science) will be considered, provided they have a demonstrated record of scientific excellence and achievements in dynamic compression research. The individual hired will be expected to provide scientific and administrative leadership, to develop a strong externally-funded research program in dynamic compression science, to guide graduate students and postdocs, and to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in physics or a relevant academic discipline. This is a full-time, academic year, tenure-track (or tenured) position in the Institute for Shock Physics, located on the WSU Pullman campus, with the possibility of a joint appointment or affiliation with a relevant academic department at WSU. Additionally, there exist excellent opportunities for collaborations with scientists at the DOE/NNSA and DoD Laboratories.

We are seeking an outstanding experimentalist 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 this position.