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Assistant Professor of Physics

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 17004
Quick Link for Internal Postings http://jobs.montana.edu/postings/4759
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Sarah Barutha, Search Manager at (406)-994-6186
sarah.barutha@montana.edu

Classification Title
Working Title Assistant Professor of Physics
Brief Position Overview

The Department of Physics at Montana State University -Bozeman invites applications for a tenure track position in the area of Observational/Astrophysical Astronomy with an emphasis on extreme stellar objects. The appointment is expected to be at the Assistant Professor level.This is an academic year appointment with the opportunity for summer employment.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Assistant Professor
Position Number 4A5161
Department Physics
Division College of Letters & Science
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Academic Year
Semester
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Regionally competitive salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type MUS
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Department of Physics at Montana State University invites applications for a tenure-track position with a research emphasis in observational astronomy of extreme stellar objects. Successful candidates will hold a Ph.D. in physics or related field and will have demonstrated the potential to develop and conduct a vigorous research program in areas related to the study, development, and application of observational astronomy of extreme stellar objects. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching and research, and will complement current research collaborations in the Department of Physics. The appointment is expected to be at the Assistant Professor level.

Montana State University values a broad array of experiences and perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally rich campus environment. We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse university community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed. In support of our strategic plan, which promotes access and respect, we enthusiastically encourage members of traditionally underrepresented groups to apply. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Duties and Responsibilities

The new faculty member is expected to develop a competitive and internationally recognized grant-funded research program focused on observational astronomy of extreme stellar objects. The new faculty member is expected to teach physics at both the undergraduate and graduate level, mentor undergraduate and Ph.D. students in research projects, and diversify the department’s research and teaching portfolio.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. A Ph.D. in physics or closely related field upon hire date.
  2. Demonstrated research experience in observational astronomy, as evidenced by a record of publication.
  3. Demonstrated potential to establish an internationally recognized and externally-funded research program.
  4. Demonstrated ability or potential to teach both undergraduate and graduate physics courses.
  5. Demonstrated experience working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues within and outside the department
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Commitment to excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching and research.
  2. Demonstrated ability or potential to develop a research program that complements and expands current departmental research directions.
  3. Demonstrated ability or potential to involve students from other academic disciplines in astrophysics or gravitational research.
  4. Demonstrated ability or potential for excellence in advising of graduate and undergraduate students through research experiences.
  5. Demonstrated success in developing student, faculty, and staff diversity, particularly among underrepresented groups.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Be a dynamic and visionary scientist and educator who will advance MSU’s goals of outstanding research, teaching, and service.
  • Expand our astrophysics and/or gravitational research and development efforts as an observational astronomer.
  • Further the integration of learning, discovery, and engagement through student involvement in research.
  • Have demonstrated the ability or potential to teach physics effectively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Have an appreciation of diverse constituencies and add intellectual diversity to the department and the campus.
  • Have an appreciation of diverse constituencies and add intellectual diversity and other forms of traditionally underrepresented diversity to the department.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

The Program

The Department of Physics is in the College of Letters and Science. The department is committed to education and research in physics, the study of the fundamental universal laws that govern the behavior of matter and energy, and the exploration of the consequences and applications of those laws. The Department of Physics is widely known for its excellent teaching and student mentoring and plays an important role in the university’s Core Curriculum. The Department of Physics has strong academic programs with several options for undergraduate physics majors, leading to the B.S. degree, as well as graduate curricula leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

The Department

The principal concentrations of the department’s research groups are in Astrophysics, Relativity and Cosmology, Condensed Matter Physics, Lasers and Optics, Physics Education, Solar Physics, and the Space Science and Engineering Lab. Numerous outreach activities carry physics to K-12 teachers, classrooms, and the general public. Student involvement is central to the department’s educational, research, and outreach activities. The varied accomplishments of our department are a tribute to the extraordinary efforts of the 26 tenure-track and research faculty, 13 postdoctoral fellows and scientists,
60 graduate students and 90 undergraduate students, backed up by an outstanding and highly motivated support staff.

Additional information can be found on the departmental website:
http: lwww.physics.montana. edul

The College

The College of Letters and Science (L&S), the largest center for learning, teaching and research at Montana State University, offers students an excellent liberal arts and sciences education in nearly 50 majors, 25 minors and over 25 graduate degrees within the four areas of the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences.

Building on the great strength of our traditional disciplines, the college provides exciting opportunities for faculty and students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary inquiry. L&S is dedicated to supporting student success, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing an atmosphere in which discovery and learning are integrated and valued. L&S is at the confluence of intellectual tradition, discovery, and innovation.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date August 16, 2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on October 14, 2016; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions
Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/ .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Research Statement
  4. Teaching Statement
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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