Iowa State University - Ames, IA

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chairperson at the rank of tenured full professor.

Primary responsibilities of the department chair are to provide visionary leadership; to encourage excellence and innovation in research, teaching, and service; to advance professional development of faculty, staff, and students; to promote productive relationships with all constituents including students, alumni, and industry and government agencies; to foster productive interdisciplinary relationships with a variety of entities across the university community; and to facilitate faculty efforts to attract extramural grant and contract funding.

The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to maintain his or her own program of scholarship in a manner that is consistent with a primary administrative appointment.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy plays a major role both as a research department and a teaching unit at Iowa State University, with an annual budget of over 6.48 million dollars. The Department currently has 89 graduate students and approximately 88 undergraduate majors.

The department has 41 FTE faculty, 7 lecturers, and 23 emeritus faculty. The Department offers MS and PhD degrees in astrophysics, condensed matter physics, high energy physics, nuclear physics, and the physics of biological systems. Many of its faculty are associated with large collaborative laboratories and projects.

Required Qualifications
Rank of professor with tenure in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University. Demonstrated effective leadership abilities. National recognition for the scholarship of research in physics and/or astronomy.

Preferred Qualifications
Demonstrated vision and ability to lead a faculty representing a diverse range of interests. Demonstrated success in attracting extramural funding. Teaching experience and demonstrated interest in promoting excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. Budget and personnel management experience. Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of diversity and equal opportunity policies.

Commensurate with Qualifications

Special Conditions
This vacancy is only open to current employees at the rank of professor with tenure in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university's verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and will include the completion of a credit history check.

Application Instructions
Applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position, please click on "Apply for this Vacancy" and complete the Employment Application.

In addition, please be prepared to attach a single PDF document that contains your curriculum vitae, a cover letter in which you address your suitability for the position in light of the required and preferred qualifications.

Please attach this as "Other Document". Note: Document size limited to 5 MB.

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2013; however applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please direct questions and nomination to Dr. William Jenks, Chair, Physics and Astronomy Chair Search Committee at 515-294-7871 or

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email

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