The Department of Physics & Astronomy at Louisiana State University invites applications for a faculty position starting in the fall of 2010. The rank of the position is that of Assistant Professor but consideration at a higher rank will be possible for exceptional candidates. The Assistant/Associate/Full Professor teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels; supervises graduate students’ research and dissertations; establishes a vigorous research program in experimental gravitational physics. Preference will be given to candidates working on novel technologies for future gravitational wave detectors.
The faculty in LSU’s experimental gravity group include Joe Giaime, Gabriela Gonzalez, William Hamilton (emeritus), and Warren Johnson. The group carries out an active research program, largely as part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, with an extensive presence at the LIGO Livingston Observatory situated 24 miles from campus. LSU also hosts a theoretical gravity group consisting of Gabrielle Allen, Peter Diener, Robert O’Connell, Jorge Pullin, Erik Schnetter, and Edward Seidel (on leave at the National Science Foundation). Two new faculty will be added to the theoretical gravity group soon. There is also a quantum information technology group at LSU led by Jonathan Dowling, and a theoretical astrophysics group led by Juhan Frak and Joel Tohline. The Department of Physics and Astronomy at LSU has strong research efforts in particle physics, including nuclear and neutrino physics, space physics, condensed matter physics, medical physics and astronomy and astrophysics.