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Assistant or Associate Professor Physics

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution SD School of Mines
Working Title Assistant or Associate Professor Physics
Posting Number F00093P
Department SDSMT-Physics
Physical Location of Position (City) Rapid City
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The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (South Dakota Mines) Physics Department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in experimental nuclear or particle physics. The department has developed strong research programs in neutrino physics, direct detection of dark matter, and nuclear astrophysics with its recently established Ph.D. program and proximity to the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, South Dakota. SURF is the host of several world-class underground experiments including DUNE, LZ, Majorana Demonstrator, and CASPAR. A DUNE logistics center is planned two blocks from the South Dakota Mines campus in Rapid City. While we will consider strong candidates in any SURF-related field, we are particularly interested in candidates who will lead work that will strengthen and complement our group’s research on DUNE.

We primarily seek candidates at the Assistant Professor level; however exceptional candidates with proven track records of success in obtaining external funding may be considered for an Associate Professor position. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in nuclear/particle physics or a related field. Demonstrated leadership as a postdoctoral researcher is highly desirable.

The successful candidate is expected to build strong externally funded research programs, supervise graduate students, and teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The candidate will also participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising, service on committees, sustained scholarly research, and outreach activities. The anticipated start date of the position is August 20, 2018.

Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science. Known for our academic rigor, we maintain a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our graduates have a 96% placement rate and an average starting salary of nearly $63,000. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.

South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,800 students from 44 states and 30 countries. Rapid City is the state’s second largest city (with an urban population of 74,048 and metropolitan population of 199,656) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit: and

South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for our employees, as well as medical, dental and vision coverage for spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin February 8, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

Posting Date 01/05/2018
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Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 02/08/2018
Advertised Salary
Duration of the Term 9 months
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Appointment Percent 100
Tenure Status Tenure Track
Proposed Rank Assistant Professor
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Appointment Type Regular
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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South Dakota Mines does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment or the provision of service.

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