Bellingham, Washington State
Aug 31, 2018
Oct 30, 2018
Planetary Sciences
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The Department of Physics/Astronomy and the Geology Department at Western Washington University invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of planetary science position, split evenly between both departments with Physics/Astronomy as the administrative home department, starting September 2019.  Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in geophysics, physics, geology, astronomy or closely related field by time of appointment. 

A successful applicant will be expected to pursue an externally-supported research program in planetary science that will actively involve undergraduate students. Post-doctoral research or equivalent experience is strongly preferred. Candidates should also have the potential for teaching excellence at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum in the physics and geophysics program. Experience in teaching undergraduate STEM courses and interest in the use of student-centered teaching techniques is preferred. Candidates must demonstrate ability and commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Preference will be given to candidates whose research specialization complements existing strengths in remote sensing, planetary geology, seismology, magnetism, and tectonics, and who have the potential to mentor graduate student research in the Geology M.S. program.

Applications must include (1) a detailed cover letter describing the applicant's background and addressing the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a statement of philosophy and interest in teaching, (3) a statement outlining proposed research plans, specifically addressing plans for student involvement in both departments, (4) a statement detailing how teaching, service and/or scholarship has prepared the applicant to support the success of students with backgrounds or identities that are underrepresented in STEM fields, (5) unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and graduate course work, and (6) 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 November 30, 2018 and the position will remain open until filled. All application materials must be uploaded as a single pdf to:  http://employment.wwu.edu/cw/en-us/job/496058/assistant-professor-of-planetary-science.  Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Melissa Rice, at melissa.rice@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3592.


Western Washington University is a is a public university with over 15,000 students in Bellingham, WA, centrally located between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, B.C. in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a B.S. degree in physics and a B.A. degree in math/physics education. The Geology department offers B.S. degrees in geophysics and geology, and a M.S. degree in geology. More information can be found at https://cse.wwu.edu/physics and https://cse.wwu.edu/geology.

WWU is an AA/EO employer.