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Assistant Professor in Astronomy, Planetary Science, and/or Geoscience Education Research

The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for an appointment as a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in discipline-based education research (DBER) in astronomy education, planetary-science education, and/or geoscience education. The anticipated start date is August 2020. We encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates with research and teaching interests in areas such as active learning, cognitive and affective processes, digital (virtual reality, augmented reality, and online) teaching and learning, accessible science education, cross-cultural and place-based teaching and learning, ethnographic observation, mixed-methods assessment, and professional preparation and professional development of Earth and space science teachers.

A signature characteristic of the academic environment at ASU is integration of research and teaching across traditional disciplinary boundaries. ASU is noted for being a global-scale research university that is singularly free of academic barriers, and it has a long-lived and robust tradition of scholarly integration in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, with DBER faculty in many different STEM disciplinary units who actively collaborate with each other and with education-research faculty in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, which is one of the nation’s foremost producers of K-12 STEM teachers. We seek applicants who would be especially excited to catalyze research and educational collaborations with other faculty, groups, and units. Existing areas of STEM education research in SESE that may present opportunities for collaboration include teaching and learning in geoscience, environmental science, and sustainability science; geocognition; visualization; online astronomy and geology courses; adaptive and immersive virtual learning environments; place-based and culturally diverse teaching and learning; informal (free-choice) education and public science literacy; STEM teacher professional preparation and professional development; and ethnogeology.

About ASU and SESE

For a number of years, ASU has been ranked #1 for innovation by US News and World Report.  Spread across four main campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan region, it is the nation’s largest public university with about 103,000 students enrolled, including 30,000 online students.  ASU has an inclusive and diverse student community reflective of the U.S. population.  Read more about ASU at http://www.asu.edu and http://newamericanuniversity.asu.edu/about.

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.  Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting https://thecollege.asu.edu/faculty.

SESE brings together all of Earth and space science at ASU, including astronomy, geology, astrophysics, astrobiology, cosmology, geophysics, geochemistry, exploration systems design, and Earth and space science education. A central part of the SESE mission is to develop new technologies to enable scientific exploration and effective teaching and learning alike. SESE originated and hosts a number of STEM education and outreach programs with global reach, including the NASA Mars Education Program (mars.asu.edu), which enables students, teachers, and the public around the world to participate in Mars exploration; the Center for Education through Exploration (etx.asu.edu), which promotes STEM learning through exploration of the unknown by developing and deploying engaging and adaptive digital learning curricula and platforms (vft.asu.edu); and the Interplanetary Initiative, an interdisciplinary and multi-institution partnership to plan and realize a viable and sustainable future for humanity in space. SESE is also home to one of two ASU-based teams that are part of NASA’s Science Activation Collective (science.nasa.gov/learners), which is the cornerstone for education and outreach activities by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

SESE leads the NASA Psyche asteroid mission as well as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), Mars Odyssey THEMIS, and Mars 2020 rover Mastcam-Z imaging investigations, and recently led the NSF EarthScope Program. SESE is also a key participant in many other ongoing and future NASA missions, including Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Lucy, OSIRIS-REx, Europa Clipper, and SPHEREx, other international deep space missions like Mars Express, JUICE, and EMIRS, as well as balloon-borne missions STO-2, GUSTO, BLAST-TNG, TIM, EXCLAIM, and ASTHROS.  SESE researchers lead the Cubesat missions LunaH-Map and SPARCS and collaborate on the development of ground-based radio telescopes HERA, MWA, and OVRO-LWA.  ASU astronomers and planetary scientists have significant experience using the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) as well as ground-based instruments in the Arizona telescope system (to which we have access), including the Magellan telescopes in Chile and the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona. As well, ASU is a partner in the development of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) and playing significant roles in the development and planning for the James Webb Space Telescope   All SESE faculty benefit from a variety of state-of-the-art technology-enabled classrooms and laboratories. Read more about SESE at https://sese.asu.edu.

Essential Duties

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vibrant externally funded research program, engage undergraduate and graduate students through effective teaching and mentoring, participate in service to the University and profession, and build productive relationships with faculty both within and beyond the School.  The successful candidate will complement work by existing SESE faculty in developing new courses in science education and allied fields to offer to students at ASU and/or online; and in sharing the excitement, process, and results of scientific exploration and research with the local community and public.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctorate in science education research; or a doctorate in astronomy, planetary science, geoscience, physical science, cognitive science, statistics, or related field  with a doctoral dissertation or postdoctoral experience in DBER in astronomy, planetary science, and/or geoscience education or related field by time of appointment.
  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative methods of discipline-based STEM educational research such as: statistical analysis, linear and structural equation modeling, ethnographic observation, and instrument design and validation.
  • Evidence of scholarly contributions in DBER in astronomy, planetary science, and/or geoscience education; scholarship of teaching and learning; curriculum; assessment; and/or teacher professional development.
  • Demonstrated potential to establish an externally-funded research program.
  • Demonstrated success or evidence to quality teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelors or masters degree in a physical-science or natural-science or engineering discipline; preferably astronomy, planetary science, or geoscience.
  • Demonstrated success or evidence of commitment to meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or engaging diverse communities.
  • Demonstrated success or evidence of commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Experience in curriculum, course, and/or degree development and evaluation.
  • A research focus with the potential to advance the mission of the University.

To apply, please submit electronically the following materials to https://apply.interfolio.com/71949 (1) a cover letter that includes contact information (including email addresses and phone numbers) for three references who may be contacted at a later stage of consideration, (2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae that includes a complete publication record, (3) a research statement describing previous work, interests, and anticipated future plans (not to exceed three pages, plus references and figures), (4) a teaching statement describing experience, interests, and philosophy (not to exceed two pages), and (5) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is January 20, 2020; Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is closed.

A background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources.  ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf.  You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

 

Associate/Full Professor and Director, Center for Meteorite Studies  

School of Earth and Space Exploration, Center for Meteorite Studies, Arizona State University

The School of Earth and Space Exploration (https://sese.asu.edu) invites applications for a full-time, tenured position as Associate or Full Professor and Director of the Center for Meteorite Studies (CMS) with an anticipated start date of August 2020. The CMS mission is to create and share new knowledge in the field of meteoritics and allied disciplines through (1) curation and distribution of meteorites (2) cutting-edge research on planetary materials and (3) broad dissemination of the latest scientific results and the education of a wide cross section of society, including students, educators and the lay public. We are particularly interested in applicants with a research focus in meteoritics, cosmochemistry and planetary materials. The successful candidate will join a dynamic and collegial faculty working to advance innovative research and excellence in teaching through its work with the diverse and growing undergraduate and graduate student population at Arizona State University. We invite you to learn more about the School of Earth and Space Exploration, the Center for Meteorite Studies and Arizona State University by visiting https://sese.asu.edu  https://meteorites.asu.edu/ and https://newamericanuniversity.asu.edu/, respectively.

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.  Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting https://thecollege.asu.edu/faculty.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a successful, externally-funded research program, engage undergraduate and graduate students through research and effective teaching, participate in service to the university and profession, and build productive relationships with faculty both within and beyond the School of Earth and Space Exploration. As director of the CMS, the successful candidate will be expected to guide research activities of CMS personnel, manage the meteorite collection for maximum scientific benefit, lead a major informal education and outreach resource and develop donations to the CMS.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Geological Sciences, Chemistry, Astrophysics, Planetary Science or related field
  • Demonstrated potential to establish a productive, externally-funded research program in meteoritics or related fields
  • A record of or well-articulated commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities
  • A research focus with the potential to advance the mission of the School of Earth and Space Exploration, especially in the areas of meteoritics, cosmochemistry or planetary materials
  • Experience with management, curation or analysis of meteorite or planetary materials collections   
  • Demonstrated experience in informal education, public outreach, science communication and fund raising (development).

Application Procedure:

For full consideration, submit a (1) letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a two-page statement of your research plan, (4) a two-page statement of your vision for directing the CMS, (5) a two-page statement of your teaching interests, experience, and/or philosophy, (6) a two-page statement of the candidate’s experience and/or future plans to promote equity, inclusion, or diversity in planetary science, (6) and the names and contact information of three references  to http://apply.interfolio.com/70825.  Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is December 16, 2019; Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is closed.

Background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources.  ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf.  You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

 

Assistant Professor in Space Physics

School of Earth and Space Exploration, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Arizona State University

The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) and the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (SoMSS) at Arizona State University invite applications for a joint appointment as tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in space physics to begin August 2020.  We encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates who approach space physics from varied perspectives, including theory, analysis, observation, and/or instrument development.  Examples of research and teaching areas of interest include solar processes, space plasma physics, ionospheric dynamics, space weather and its impact on technological systems, or the general heliophysical environment and its response to solar events, as well as data analysis, computation, or engineering methods used to enable the study of space physics.

An essential characteristic of the academic environment at ASU is integration of research and teaching across traditional disciplinary boundaries.  We seek someone who would be excited to catalyze research and educational collaborations with other faculty and groups.  Existing areas of research emphasis at ASU that may present opportunities for collaboration include star-planet connections in exoplanetary systems, stellar models, planetary atmospheres and magnetism, ionospheric data modeling, resilient computing and microwave communications systems, and small satellite and instrument development.

About ASU, SESE, and SoMSS

ASU is ranked #1 in innovation by US News and World Report.  Spread across four main campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan region, it is the nation’s largest public university with over 100,000 students enrolled, including 35,000 online students.  ASU has an inclusive and diverse student community reflective of the U.S. population.  Read more about ASU at http://www.asu.edu and http://newamericanuniversity.asu.edu/about.

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.  Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting https://thecollege.asu.edu/faculty.

SESE brings together all of Earth and space science at ASU, including geology, planetary science, astrophysics, and cosmology.   A central part of the SESE mission is to develop new technologies to enable scientific exploration.  SESE leads the NASA Psyche mission and is participating in Lucy, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars 2020, Mars Odyssey, Mars Exploration Rovers, OSIRIS-REx, SPHEREx, and EMIRS, as well as balloon-borne missions STO-2, GUSTO, BLAST-TNG, TIM, EXCLAIM, and ASTHROS.  SESE researchers lead cubesats LunaH-Map and SPARCS and collaborate on the development of ground-based radio telescopes HERA, MWA, and OVRO-LWA.  ASU is a partner in the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) and ASU faculty and scientists have access to the Arizona telescope system, including the Magellan telescopes in Chile and the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona.  SESE faculty benefit from a variety of state-of-the-art facilities on the Tempe campus, including technology-enabled classrooms, high-bay assembly clean rooms, thermal-vacuum facilities, spaceflight qualified machine shops, and a ground-station to communicate with spacecraft.  Read more about SESE at https://sese.asu.edu.

SoMSS conducts programs of research and instruction in the broad areas of applied and theoretical mathematics, statistics and mathematics education.  SoMSS is heavily involved in interdisciplinary research with engineering, life science, and medical science, as well as in atmospheric dynamics and weather modeling, including effects of weather on agriculture, tracking air-borne pollutants, and modeling electromagnetic radiation as it passes through the atmosphere.  Recent research efforts focus on combining data-driven and physics-predictive modeling techniques with applications to ionospheric dynamics and space weather.  Read more about SoMSS at https://math.asu.edu.

Essential Duties:

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vibrant externally-funded research program, engage undergraduate and graduate students through effective teaching and mentoring, participate in service to the university and profession, and build productive relationships with faculty both within and beyond the Schools.  The successful candidate will join existing SESE and SoMSS faculty in developing new courses in space physics to offer to students at ASU and/or online, as well as in sharing the excitement, process, and results of scientific exploration with the local community and public.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience in theoretical, computational, mathematical, and/or statistical modeling, or in observations, data analysis, and/or instrumentation for space physics or in related disciplines that can be applied to the study of space physics. 
  • Evidence of scholarly contributions in space physics or related disciplines such as plasma physics, astrophysics, heliophysics, space weather, atmospheric studies of the ionosphere or magnetosphere, or electrical, mechanical, or aerospace engineering.
  • Doctorate in physics, astrophysics, geophysical or atmospheric sciences, mathematics, statistics, engineering, computer science, or other related field by the time of application submission.
  • Demonstrated potential to establish an externally-funded research program.
  • A commitment to quality teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated success or evidence of commitment to meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or engaging diverse communities.
  • Demonstrated success or evidence of commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Experience in curriculum, course, and/or degree development and evaluation.
  • A research focus with the potential to advance the mission of the University.

To apply, please submit electronically the following materials to http://apply.interfolio.com/68689 : (1) a cover letter that includes contact information (including email addresses and phone numbers) for three references who may be contacted at a later stage of consideration, (2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae that includes a complete publication record, (3) a research statement describing previous work, interests, and anticipated future plans (not to exceed three pages, plus references and figures), (4) a teaching statement describing experience, interests, and philosophy (not to exceed two pages), and (5) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is December 6, 2019; Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

Background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources.  ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf.  You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.