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The Department of Physics at Arizona State University is home to a rich and diverse group of world-class scholars and scientists, dedicated to shaping the next generation of leaders and researchers and advancing our understanding of the universe.

We are currently looking for ambitious, creative scientists to join our community in the following areas. Please feel free to direct any questions to our Department Manager, Ixchell (Ixxy) Paape, at Ixchell.paape@asu.edu.

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Professor and Chair

Professor and Chair

Arizona State University (ASU) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Physics with a concurrent appointment as a tenured Professor. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

The Department of Physics, housed in the Division of Natural Sciences within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is among ASU’s most distinguished units and is a leader in research and educational initiatives in biological and soft matter physics, nanoscience and materials physics, cosmology, particle physics and astrophysics, and physics education. A vibrant community of scholars, teachers, and professionals, the ASU Physics Department has 52 teaching faculty, including 45 tenured and tenure-track, who serve more than 8000 undergraduates, 270 physics undergraduate majors, and 125 PhD and MS students. ASU Physics plays a critical role in ASU’s educational mission. The unit has evolved over the years in response to the needs of students, pioneering new degrees and online programs, and engaging in cross-cutting interdisciplinary research.

The Chair of the Department of Physics will lead a unit with a broad, ambitious, and impactful vision. The successful Chair will be a world-class scientist with demonstrated leadership ability, excellent interpersonal skills, and a strong track record of funding, with a deep commitment to teaching innovation, and an interest in engaging with external stakeholders.  The Chair will have a vision for the future of the ASU Department of Physics as a leader in its field, and a leadership plan that aligns with the University's culture of innovation and inclusion.

Candidates are required to have a PhD or equivalent degree in physics or a closely related field, a distinguished scholarly record commensurate with appointment at the rank of tenured full professor, and demonstrated potential for a major administrative position. In addition, it is desired for the candidate to  have an appreciation for a breadth of research areas within physics and interdisciplinary sciences, including a commitment to working across disciplines, academic units, divisions, and schools; evidence of excellent communication and organizational skills; demonstrated innovative and strategic leadership; proven experience serving a diverse student and/or faculty community; strong commitment to student success; and an informed grasp of key issues affecting faculty recruitment, retention, and promotion.

Arizona State University is a leading public university, widely recognized as one of the fastest-growing US research universities, and ranked as #1 Most Innovative School by U.S. News & World Report four years in a row. ASU is leading a bold reinvention of higher education as the New American University, and has developed numerous new programs and units – including the School of Molecular Sciences, the Biodesign Institute, the Global Institute of Sustainability, and the School of Earth and Space Exploration, which includes astronomy – that defy and bridge disciplinary boundaries to enable the exploration and discovery of new knowledge while developing solutions to the most challenging issues of our time. Located on four campuses and two research parks in the Phoenix metropolitan area, ASU is one of the largest universities in the United States, with a strong and simultaneous commitments to educational access, research, and teaching excellence. The university’s location within the large and fast-growing Phoenix region provides a rich context for research and community engagement around issues of physical sciences and engineering. We invite potential applicants to learn more about the Department of Physics and Arizona State University by visiting https://physics.asu.edu and https://newamericanuniversity.asu.edu/. Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting https://thecollege.asu.edu/faculty.

Review of applications will begin on 15 November 2019. If not filled, applications will be evaluated every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. Applicants must submit electronically (in MS Word or PDF format) a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae and a brief statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence to: http://apply.interfolio.com/68066. Inquiries and nominations should be directed to: David.Smith@asu.edu.

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.  

A background check is required prior to employment.

ASU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For more information on ASU’s policies, please see: https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and its complete non-discrimination statement at: https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources.  ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

 

Open Rank Professor in Evolution and Biophysics

Open Rank Professor in Evolution and Biophysics

The Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution (https://biodesign.asu.edu/mechanisms-evolution) and Department of Physics (https://physics.asu.edu/) at the Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time, open-rank, tenured or tenure-track faculty position in any area linking evolution and biophysics, with an anticipated start date of August 2020. Rank and tenure status will be commensurate with experience. Areas of interest include both experimental and theoretical approaches to understanding evolution from a physics perspective from the molecular to the cellular level.

 This position is one of six new CME faculty positions focused on the mechanistic processes underlying evolutionary change. The growing group consists of scientists from the areas of cell biology, microbiology, biophysics, biochemistry, and population genetics. The CME is located within the Biodesign Institute, which itself supports a diversity of other interdisciplinary centers and is well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. The CME is part of a growing community of evolutionary biologists at ASU (https: //sols.asu.edu/evolutionary-biology-faculty and http://asupopgen.org/). The candidate will also be associated with one of the largest biophysics groups within a Physics Department in the US, the Center for Biological Physics (https://cbp.asu.edu/).

 Successful candidates will be expected to develop an innovative, extramurally-funded, independent research program; fulfill teaching requirements at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral trainees; and have a commitment to outreach and service at levels within and outside the University community. Interaction and collaboration with faculty in the School of Life Sciences, the School of Molecular Sciences, the Center for Biological Physics as well as within other groups in the Biodesign Institute is encouraged.

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in physics, biophysics, or a related discipline (e.g., bioengineering, physical chemistry) by time of appointment.  
  • Demonstrated potential to establish an innovative externally-funded research program.
  • A significant commitment to integrating theory with experiments elucidating mechanisms of evolution.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching.

 Desired Qualifications:

  • Postdoctoral experience.
  • An established record of research accomplishments.
  • Experience working in an interdisciplinary environment, and research that complements the
  • Expertise of existing faculty and will expand our overall research and instructional
  • capabilities.
  • Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities.

The Tempe campus of Arizona State University has approximately 60,000 students. It is located in the rapidly growing metropolitan Phoenix area, providing a wide variety of recreational and cultural opportunities. Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting https://thecollege.asu.edu/faculty

Review of applications will begin November 20, 2019. If not filled, applications will be evaluated every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. To apply, please submit electronically, to http://apply.interfolio.com/69218] : (1) a cover letter, including the names and email addresses of three references; (2) a curriculum vitae with a list of publications; (3) a succinct (2-5 page) outline of future research plans; (4) a 1-page statement of teaching philosophy and interests; and (5) a brief statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence.  Inquiries and nominations should be directed to Michael Lynch at mlynch11@asu.edu.

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

A background check is required prior to employment.

ASU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For more information on ASU’s policies, please see: https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and its complete non-discrimination statement at https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.