Assistant Professor - Experimental Optics, Physics

Appalachian State University

Boone, NC

ID: 7062127
Posted: November 4, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Minimum Qualifications
The Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin August, 2020.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a related field.
Candidates must have a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, and are expected to make significant contributions to the M.S. program in Engineering Physics with a focus on instrumentation and automation.
Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence and are expected to develop an experimental research program that, in addition to involving undergraduate and M.S. students, can attract external funding and develop collaborations within the department.
Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)
Candidates with research experience in experimental optics aligned with one of the following research areas are encouraged to apply: (1) Optical engineering; (2) Optics-based Biophysics; (3) Atmospheric remote sensing or in situ measurements for air quality and climate studies; or (4) Automation and Instrumentation Engineering.

Applicants with industry experience are also encouraged to apply.

License/Certification Required

Description of the Department or Unit
The department offers a B.A. in Physics, a B.S. in Physics with a concentration in Applied Physics, and a B.S. in Physics with a concentration in Secondary Education. The department’s M.S. program in Engineering Physics is a national leader in instrumentation and automation. Courses in the curriculum include topics related to FPGAs; PLCs; data acquisition and control with LabVIEW; C#; and/or MATLAB, and others. The faculty includes 13.5 TT and 10 full-time NTT members. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are consistently ranked among the largest in the country by the AIP when compared to other Masters granting institutions: enrollment exceeds 170 undergraduate majors and 34 master’s students.

The department houses three research laboratories focusing on optical engineering and biophysical measurements and a laser optics laboratory. In addition, the department is the lead entity at the Appalachian Atmospheric Interdisciplinary Research Facilities (AppalAIR), currently home to the most comprehensive set of long-term aerosol remote sensing and optical in situ measurements in the U.S. (as part of NOAA GMD, NASA AERONET, and NASA MPLNET aerosol monitoring networks). Additional facilities include an ion storage facility; nanoscale imaging and fabrication equipment; an applied electrostatics lab; and staffed machine and electronics shops. Please click here to see more details about these facilities and other Department information.

Some start-up funds will be available to the successful candidate.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Type of Position Full Time Position
Appointment Type 1.0
Number Of Months Per Year 9
Physical Demands of Position
Description of University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.


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