Assistant Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 9-Month
Department: 038400 - Physics & Astronomy
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
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Position Function:

The position is a nine-month, tenure-track bridge position at the Assistant Professor level. The candidate is expected to: 1) perform research in experimental nuclear physics at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab), helping enhance and broaden the research activities of the medium-energy group. 2) Keep up the department's tradition of excellence in sponsored research involving students, teaching, and service. 3) Contribute to the department's mission of maintaining a respectful environment, free from harassment while striving to ensure equal opportunity for all in in research, teaching, and/or service.

Salary Grade:  UC

For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Physics & Astronomy, with approximately 35 undergraduates and 45 graduate students, forms a critical component of science and technology education and research across a thriving and entrepreneurial campus that values and supports interdisciplinary and collaborative studies and transformative research. MSU is a land-grant university with an enrollment of about 22,500 students. The Department of Physics & Astronomy offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. Applicants are expected to continue the departmental tradition of excellence in sponsored research involving students, in teaching, and in service. Local resources include the High Performance Computing Collaboratory, the Institute of Imaging and Analytical Technologies, and the Institute for Clean Energy Technology.

Area of Specialization:

Experimental Nuclear Physics

Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2024

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

* The position will have a strong emphasis in establishing and maintaining an independent research program in experimental nuclear physics in a university environment while utilizing the state-of-the-art facility at Jefferson Lab.
* Developing a substantial record of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
* Have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching physics at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
* Serve as advisor or co-advisor to graduate and undergraduate students in research activities.
* Contribute to the service of the unit, university, and/or profession.
* Commit to maintaining a harassment-free respectful environment in research, teaching, and service, that provides equal opportunity for all.

Minimum Qualifications:

* Ph.D in experimental nuclear physics or a closely related area.
*Knowledge of nuclear physics, and the ability to perform nuclear physics experimental research by utilizing the state-of-the-art facility at Jefferson Lab.

Preferred Qualifications:

*At least one year of postdoctoral experience in experimental nuclear physics research at Jefferson Lab.
*Leading ongoing and planned nuclear physics experiments at Jefferson Lab.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The ability to:
* Teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
* Engage and supervise students in research projects.
* Initiate and lead an independent research program, prepare, and submit grant/contract proposals to fund projects/graduate students, and promote an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environments in research, teaching, and service endeavors.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Academic teaching and research environment

Instructions for Applying:

* Applicants must apply online at and include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement with grantsmanship plans and a plan for promoting inclusive and equitable research (PIER), a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and contact information for at least three references.
* The research statement, grantsmanship and PIER plan should be uploaded as "Other Documents 1", and, the teaching statement should be uploaded as "Other Documents 2". The guidelines for a PIER plan can be found on the websites of most federal funding agencies such as{lans
*Any inquiries should be sent to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Lamiaa El Fassi (

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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