J.D. Stranathan Assistant Professorship in Experimental Physics

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POST DATE 9/7/2016
END DATE 12/1/2016

University of Kansas Lawrence, KS

Lawrence, KS
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Masters Degree


Position Overview
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas (KU) seeks applicants for the J.D. Stranathan Assistant Professorship in Experimental Physics in the field of experimental high energy physics (HEP) to begin as early as August 18, 2017. This named professorship is partially supported by endowment funds, in addition to the negotiable start-up package.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see www.provost.ku.edu/planning/themes/

The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Job Description
The primary focus of the KU HEP group presently is on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) where they have significant responsibilities with the detector development, software and computing, in addition to a strong participation in a variety of physics analyses. The group also is working to develop future detectors and is very active in various outreach projects. In addition to developing and maintaining an active research program, the faculty member also has responsibilities for teaching/advising and service.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy maintains a national profile of high quality faculty research. An active and productive research program with impactful publications in experimental high energy physics is expected to lead towards establishing and maintaining a national and international reputation.


* Teach two classes per academic year in physics at the graduate or undergraduate level. Teach advanced undergraduate and graduate classes in area of specialization.

* Participate in the advising of undergraduate and graduate students.

* Participate in the advising of masters and doctoral students with the goal of actively participating as a dissertation/thesis director and professional mentor for doctoral students; supervise Honors studies.

* Conduct course evaluation with student input as directed by the university.

* Hold regular office hours for students of courses taught.


* Attend Departmental meetings.

* Contribute service to the Department and perform other related duties and special projects as assigned.

* Serve on committees at the Departmental, College, and University levels as the opportunities arise.

* Participate in professional service that may include reviewing scholarly articles, activity in national organizations, organizing meetings or workshops.

Collegiality. All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, http://policy.ku.edu/provost/faculty-code.


* Develop and conduct a vigorous research program in experimental high energy physics.

* Teach two or more courses in physics per academic year at the graduate or undergraduate levels.

* Participate in service work for the Department, College, and University.

* Supervise Honors, M.S. and Ph.D. dissertation students.

* Participate in national professional conferences and meetings, publish research results in major journals of the discipline, and conduct other activities appropriate to the discipline.

Required Qualifications
QUALIFICATIONS: Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity demonstrated by publications and c.v., and (3) information provided from professional references:


* Ph.D. degree in physics or closely related field and relevant postdoctoral experience.

* Established record of research in the area of experimental high energy physics.

* Commitment to excellence in teaching physics at graduate and undergraduate levels, as evidenced by teaching statement.

* Research interests compatible with the existing experimental high energy program in the Department.

Preferred Qualifications

Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete online application includes the following materials: cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, and three professional letters of reference. The letters of reference should be sent from the referees directly to kuhepexprof@ku.edu. For additional information about the position, please contact: Prof. Alice Bean, Search Committee Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Kansas, kuhepexprof@ku.edu.

Initial review of applications will begin October 31, 2016 and will continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool.

Contact Information to Applicants
Professor Alice Bean,
Physics & Astronomy, KU, 1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, 1082 Malott Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045

Advertised Salary Range
Commensurate with qualifications and experience

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