Job Opportunity: Exploration-related Planetary Science Positions, University of Central Florida

The Department of Physics (physics.cos.ucf.edu) at the University of Central Florida invites applications for up to two (2) tenure-track positions at the assistant professor level or higher beginning in August 2014. As part of the recently awarded Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) initiative with the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), we are particularly interested in candidates with experience in exploration-related planetary science including, but not limited to, regolith processes, microgravity dynamics, impact physics, primitive asteroid mineralogy, and in-situ resource utilization. The successful applicant is expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program and have a strong commitment to excellence in graduate and undergraduate education.

UCF is a leading, fast growing, metropolitan research university with about 60,000 students. The Department of Physics currently has 40 faculty members and offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Physics and a Ph.D. track in Planetary Sciences (www.planets.ucf.edu). The department recently moved into a state-of-the-art research building. Departmental research programs include condensed matter physics, surface physics, nanoscience, soft condensed matter, planetary science, biological physics, atomic and optical physics, attosecond physics, quantum information processing, and physics education. There are opportunities to benefit from synergy with the UCF-based Florida Space Institute, the Nanoscience and Technology Center, the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC), the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL), and the Biomolecular Sciences Center.

Interested individuals must complete an on-line application. The online application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, research statement, teaching statement, and a list of three references with contact information.

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