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Western Washington University

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western Washington University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position starting September 2018. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in physics or closely related field by time of appointment, and must be currently active in research in experimental condensed matter 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 women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this faculty position.

Candidates must have a strong record of scholarship and commitment to developing sustainable undergraduate research opportunities. Post-doctoral research or equivalent experience is strongly preferred. Candidates should also have a demonstrated commitment to or potential for teaching excellence and enthusiasm for teaching undergraduates, including upper-division laboratory courses. 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 ability and commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the department, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Preference will be given to candidates whose research specialization complements existing research programs in the department or college. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required.

Applications must include (1) a detailed cover letter describing the applicant's background and addressing the required and preferred qualifications, including a statement on how the applicant’s background and experiences (academic or non-academic) have prepared them to promote diversity and inclusion within the department, (2) a statement of philosophy and interest in teaching, (3) a detailed statement of proposed research with plans for undergraduate involvement, and (4) 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 October 20, 2017 and the position will remain open until filled. View the full job announcement and upload all application materials as a single pdf at Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Janelle Leger, at

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

WWU is an AA/EO employer.