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Assistant Professor - Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 17015
Quick Link for Internal Postings http://jobs.montana.edu/postings/5744
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Sarah Barutha, Search Manager at (406)994-6186
or email amosearch@montana.edu

Classification Title Assistant Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor - Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics
Brief Position Overview

The Department of Physics at Montana State University-Bozeman invites applications for a tenure track position in experimental Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Photonics, Lasers, or Optical Materials. Potential for technology transfer or interaction with the large and rapidly growing optics and laser industry in the region is desired. 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 4A3624
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 in experimental Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Photonics, Lasers, or Optical Materials. Successful candidates will hold a Ph.D. in physics or related field and will have demonstrated the potential to develop and conduct a vigorous experimental research program. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching and research, and will complement current multi¬disciplinary research collaborations among the Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, and Biology Departments, MSU Spectrum Lab, and the over thirty laser optics and related technology companies that thrive in Bozeman. Potential for technology transfer or interaction with the large and rapidly growing optics and laser industry in the region is desired. 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 an inclusive 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 experimental research program focused on Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Photonics, Lasers, or Optical Materials. 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 Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Photonics, Lasers, or Optical Materials, as evidenced by a record of publication.
  3. Demonstrated potential to establish an internationally recognized and externally-funded experimental research program.
  4. Demonstrated ability or potential to teach both undergraduate and graduate physics courses.
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 department and campus research in the areas of photonics, lasers, medical optics, or optical materials.
  3. Demonstrated ability or potential for excellence in advising of graduate and undergraduate students through research experiences.
  4. Demonstrated ability or potential to involve students from other academic disciplines in interdisciplinary research.
  5. Contribute to significant technology transfer within the region that continues to bolster Montana’s high tech industry.
  6. Demonstrated commitment to promoting the advancement of diversity and inclusion among student, faculty, and staff.
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 the department’s research in the areas of atomic, molecular, and optical physics.
  • 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 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, Biophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Gravitational Physics, Lasers and Optics, Physics Education, Solar Physics, and the Space Sciences. 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, supported by an outstanding and highly-motivated staff.

Additional information can be found on the departmental website:
http:/www.physics.montana.edu

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 3, 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. Research Statement
  3. Teaching Statement
  4. Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).