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Assistant Research Professor (non-faculty position)

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Position Information

Job Title Assistant Research Professor (non-faculty position)
Position Type Professional
City Waco
State TX
Zip 76798

An assistant research professor position in complex plasma physics is immediately available in Dr. Truell Hyde’s experimental research group within the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research (CASPER), Baylor University, USA. The successful applicant will work primarily in experimental research but may also be involved in numerical modeling and data analysis within Dr. Lorin Matthew’s numerical group at the same Center.

The primary working environment will be the Hypervelocity Impacts and Dusty Plasma Lab (HIDPL-CASPER) located in the Baylor Research & Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) at Baylor University. The HIDPL operates under CASPER and is a part of its interdisciplinary research initiative, combining faculty across multiple departments and schools as well as international partners. More information can be found at and

Under the Required Documents portion of this application, please upload a complete list of all publications and presentations under the Portfolio requirement.

Job Duties

The successful applicant will work on the research project " PK-4: Self-Ordering of Interacting Complex Plasma Particles in Microgravity" funded by NSF and NASA.
Complex plasma, also known as dusty plasma, consists of ions, electrons and charged nanometer to micron sized solid particles known as dust. Experimentally, a proper understanding of the physics underlying this field is complicated by the fact that the majority of research conducted to date occurs in a gravitational environment (i.e., on the Earth). This project directly addresses this issue, utilizing a multinational collaboration to compare experimental results collected on the Earth to experimental results collected employing the Plasma Kristall-4 (PK-4) device located on the International Space Station.

Required Education Doctoral
Field of Study Physics or an equivalent field
Required Experience Less than 1 year of relevant work
Other Required Qualifications

-All employees are expected to fully support Baylor’s mission to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community. All employees of Baylor University are expected to fully support and contribute to the university’s mission.

Preferred Education Doctoral
Preferred Field of Study
Preferred Experience 2 years of relevant work
Other Preferred Qualifications

-A strong background in complex plasma physics and/or experience in an experimental lab is an advantage but is not required.

Part time/Full time Full Time
Avg Hours per Week 40
Work Hours Business hours; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, Monday through Friday
Physical Demands

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About Baylor

Working at Baylor is so much more than simply having a job! As part of the Baylor family, employees not only receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, generous time off, and fantastic automatic retirement contributions, they also get to experience Baylor.

-Experience the culture of working for an institution consistently ranked as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education
-Experience a mission driven organization based on a strong Christian commitment (
-Experience Baylor academics with outstanding tuition remission for eligible staff and qualified dependents
-Experience our beautiful campus with access to libraries, museums, and recreational facilities such as our fitness center, athletic courts, an indoor swimming pool, and the Baylor marina to name a few
-Experience our great dining facilities and enjoy an employee discount
-Experience Baylor athletics with reduced admission or free access to athletic events
-Experience Baylor through many more wonderful events and programs that take place on campus each year
-Conveniently located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is approximately 90 miles from both the Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin areas. To learn more about life in Waco, visit

EEO Statement

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion among its selection criteria. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.

Pay Rate Commensurate with education and experience

Posting Detail Information

Vacancy Number S036000
Open Date 07/03/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Portfolio
Optional Documents