LPS is Searching for a New Director

Senior Faculty Position in Plasma Science and Engineering

The College of Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca Campus, invites applications for a tenured
professor and the Director of the Laboratory of Plasma Studies (LPS) from outstanding
established plasma and fusion research scientists and engineers. The LPS is known
internationally for its world-class High Energy Density Laboratory Plasma (HEDLP) research and
has been the home of a research Center of Excellence sponsored by the National Nuclear
Security Administration in this field of research for nearly 20 years. The Cornell College of
Engineering is a premier institution of applied science and technology research and education,
including in several areas of energy related research and development. The successful applicant
is expected to be a leader in plasma science and/or fusion engineering and to have aspirations
to expand Cornell’s footprint in fusion-related plasma science, engineering and technology
research. In addition to all LPS research facilities, the successful candidate can expect to
benefit from the use of such Cornell research facilities as CHESS (Cornell High Energy
Synchrotron Source) CCMR (Cornell Center for Materials Research) and CNF (Cornell
Nanofabrication Facility) as well as from collaboration with many faculty experts in such areas
as Advanced Manufacturing (“3D Printing”) and advanced electromagnetics (metamaterials).
The successful candidate can expect a competitive level of support for the start-up of
broadened HEDLP and/or fusion technology research programs. For additional information
about the position, please contact LPS_Search@cornell.edu.
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and several years of experience as an HEDLP or
fusion plasma research project leader. A candidate with an established record of raising funds
for such research is of special interest to us. Experimentalists, theorists and computationalists
are all welcome to apply. A broad background is desirable, including experience with
diagnostics for pulsed plasmas, plasma theory, the tools of data analysis, and computer
simulation codes that can be used to help design and understand experiments. Doctorates can
be in electrical engineering, physics, applied physics, materials science and engineering,
mechanical engineering, astrophysical sciences or another technical field that is consistent with
a tenured appointment in a Cornell College of Engineering department. There is an expectation
that the successful applicant will be willing and able to teach courses in the College and will
have demonstrated promise for excellence in this skill. Salary and rank will be commensurate
with qualifications and experience.
The College of Engineering is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute,
through their research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity of the academic community
and to creating a climate that attracts students of all races, genders and nationalities. Diversity
and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage and we especially encourage
applications by members of underrepresented groups in science and engineering. We are a
recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with
Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native
Americans living on or near Indian Reservations.
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a leadership vision
statement for broadening Cornell Engineering’s footprint in fusion science and engineering, a
teaching statement, three recent publications, complete contact information for at least 3
references, and a Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Applications must be submitted
online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18271. Review of applications will begin in
April 2021, and applications received by the end of May 2021 will receive full consideration.
However, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. For additional
information about the application process, please contact LPS_Search@cornell.edu.
Information on the LPS can be found here: https://www.lps.cornell.edu/
Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program,
and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist
with dual career searches.
Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. There is a
wide array of fringe benefits, programs and services to help advance academic careers as well
as to enhance the quality of all employees’ personal lives, including employee wellness,
childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave and flexible work options. Our inclusive
community of scholars, students and staff impart a sense of larger purpose and contribute
creative ideas to further the university’s missions of teaching, discovery and engagement.
While Cornell’s main campus in Ithaca, NY will be the location of the position discussed in this
ad, Cornell’s Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City, and the Weill Medical Colleges
in Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, serve to broaden the reach of Cornell far beyond Upstate NY.