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Assistant Professor, Computational Materials Science
About the Position: Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications from candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in computational materials science with a focus on energy materials, broadly defined. The person selected will receive an academic appointment in the chemistry or physics department and will have an ongoing and formal affiliation with WWU’s Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center (AMSEC) and Institute for Energy Studies (IES). The position entails teaching, scholarship, and service that support the home department, AMSEC and the IES.   This new position is part of a broad IES initiative to hire new faculty in the sciences, engineering, environmental studies, and economics. The faculty member selected for this position will take a leadership role in establishing a new energy materials option in the materials science minor program. The chemistry and physics departments strive to further Western’s identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity, and encourage applications from diverse candidates. Start date is September 16, 2014.
About the College/Department: WWU is a primarily undergraduate institution with an enrollment of about 15,000 students and is consistently ranked among the top universities in the Western United States. WWU has also been named as one of the best colleges to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education. AMSEC is an academic program with a mission to promote interdisciplinary research and education, and enhance regional industry competitiveness and innovation in the field of materials science (http://www.wwu.amsec.wwu.edu). The IES is a new academic program with a focus on interdisciplinary education and research in the production and use of energy (https://energy.wwu.edu/).  The chemistry department of 16 faculty offers M.S., B.S. and B.A. degree programs in chemistry and biochemistry. It graduates 50 majors per year and is a top producer of ACS certified B.S. chemistry degrees, ranking 13th nationally. The Physics Department has nine faculty and graduates 20 majors per year. The ten-year average ranks 8th nationally, with recent averages being in the top five (for undergraduate-only departments). The WWU campus is in Bellingham, WA, located between Vancouver, Canada and Seattle overlooking the Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. 
Position Responsibilities: Teach lecture and laboratory courses in the home department (chemistry or physics) and AMSEC. AMSEC teaching will be in courses that support the energy materials option of the materials science minor. Participate in service activities including student advisement, department and university committees. Direct student research projects including the presentation and publication of research. Seek extramural grant funding in support of research and curriculum development.
Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, materials science or related field
  • Strong record of scholarship and ability to develop an externally-funded research program involving WWU students in computational materials science, broadly defined
  • Strong record of or demonstrated potential for effective teaching
  • Post-doctoral research (or equivalent) experience
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Research focus on energy materials
  • Ability to contribute to broader department goals and mission
  • Ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary environment with a diverse student body and staff
Academic Emphasis: Chemistry, Physics, or Materials Science
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Interested candidates must apply online. To submit your application via WWU’s online system, please log in at https://jobs.wwu.edu/Loginpage.aspx  and attach the following documents: (1) a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) undergraduate and graduate transcripts, (4) a detailed statement of research plans (five-page maximum), (5) a statement of teaching philosophy and interest (one-page maximum. 

In addition, please arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent via e-mail to: AMSEC.FacultySearch@wwu.edu. The name of the candidate should appear in the subject line of the e-mail message.
Other Information: Inquiries may be addressed to Prof. David Patrick, search committee chair, at AMSEC.FacultySearch@wwu.edu.   
Job Posted: 11/21/2013
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins January 13, 2014; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 131065
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, 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 Providing Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination. EO/AA inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX 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); EOO.

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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