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Assistant Professor, Experimental Condensed Matter

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Science & Engineering

Position Title

Assistant Professor, Experimental Condensed Matter

About the University

WWU is a public university with over 15,000 students.  We are centrally located with respect to major research universities such as the University of Washington, University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University.  WWU has been named as one of the best colleges to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.  WWU is one of 24 institutions in the USA to receive funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Program, which supports the Advancing Excellence and Equity in Science program in the College of Science and Engineering.  

The campus overlooks Bellingham Bay and the City of Bellingham.  Seattle is 90 miles to the south, Vancouver, British Columbia is 50 miles to the north.  The North Cascade Mountains are to the east, and the San Juan Islands are to the west, offering a wealth of recreation opportunities.

About the 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.

Detailed information is available for the Department of Physics and Astronomy at 

About the Position

Full-time, Tenure-track assistant professor physics, beginning September 2019.  The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications from candidates in experimental condensed matter or materials 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 candidates with diverse experiences and from underrepresented backgrounds, including (but not limited to) women, people of color, people with disabilities and veterans.

Responsibilities:  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.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in physics or closely related field by the time of appointment
  • Active research in experimental condensed matter or materials physics, broadly defined
  • Record of significant scholarly accomplishment and commitment to developing sustainable undergraduate research opportunities
  • Record of, or potential for, effective teaching at all levels of the physics undergraduate curriculum
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Post-doctoral research (or equivalent) experience
  • Research specialization that complements existing research programs in the department or college
  • Demonstrated interest in, and potential for teaching upper-division laboratory courses
  • Demonstrated experience with, or interest in the use of student-centered teaching approaches


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Applications must include (1) a detailed cover letter describing the applicant's background and addressing the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a statement of philosophy and interest in teaching, (3) a statement outlining proposed research plans, specifically addressing plans for undergraduate involvement, (4) a statement detailing how your teaching, service, and/or scholarship has prepared you to support the success of students with backgrounds or identities that are underrepresented in STEM fields, 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.

Closing Date Notes

Application review begins November 30, 2018; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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