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Schmid College Teaching/Research Postdocs

The Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University is advertising teaching/research postdoctoral fellowships (see the advert below). The teaching portion is in our new Grand Challenges Initiative. The research component can be in any group within Schmid College, which includes the Institute for Quantum Studies (http://www.chapman.edu/research-and-institutions/quantum-studies/). The institute is led by Yakir Aharonov and Jeff Tollaksen, and includes faculty members Matt Leifer and Justin Dressel. Applicants interested in working in the Institute for Quantum Studies should contact one of us to discuss your research plan before applying, since you will have to select a faculty mentor within the institute. You may contact me in the first instance to register your interest.

Schmid College Teaching and Research Fellows

The Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University invites applications for its new postdoctoral teaching and research fellows program. Appointments will begin in summer 2017 for two years with a third year extension possible. Schmid College Fellows are outstanding early-career scientists who provide innovative teaching and mentorship to undergraduate students in our Grand Challenges Initiative (http://www.chapman.edu/GCI), as well as advance independent research in collaboration with a member of the faculty. Fellows are offered a competitive salary, benefits, research support, and personalized professional development in teaching and research.

Chapman University, located in the heart of Orange County, California, is ranked in the top tier of western universities by U.S. News and World Report, and has gained national recognition for its commitment to excellence through innovative research and teaching. Schmid College of Science and Technology embodies Chapman’s commitment to interdisciplinarity, fostering an outstanding community of teacher-scholars across a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs. More information on the College and its future 140,000 square foot home, the Center for Science and Technology, can be found here:
http://www.chapman.edu/scst/index.aspx.

Schmid College Fellows will be responsible for teaching foundational coursework on scientific problem solving and critical thinking in the Grand Challenges Initiative. Fellows will then serve as mentors for student teams immersed in the process of solving problems of global importance. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to contact prospective mentors to discuss shared research interests and to learn more about the Grand Challenges Initiative.

Candidates should submit the following electronically via https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8460

• cover letter
• curriculum vitae
• teaching philosophy statement
• research statement
• names and contact information for three references

In the cover letter, the applicant should discuss their personal motivations and goals as they pertain to serving as a teacher and mentor in the Grand Challenges Initiative. The applicant should also identify their prospective faculty collaborator/mentor and briefly outline the proposed research collaboration.

Postdoctoral Fellows must hold a Ph.D. or an equivalent of a doctoral degree by the beginning of employment at Chapman University. The doctorate or equivalent must have been awarded within the last five years and candidate has not exceeded five years of prior postdoctoral experience. Schmid College will provide visa and immigration-related support for postdoctoral fellows. Citizenship is not a selection criterion.

File review will commence on January 2, 2017 and will continue until all positions are filled.

Chapman University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The university is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The university is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented
groups to apply. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman can be found at http://www.chapman.edu/diversity/. Questions can be addressed to: SchmidGCI@chapman.edu

Nature Soapbox Science blog post

Continuing the theme of pointing to things that I did not originally write for this blog, Daniel Burgarth and I wrote a blog post about our Q+ online seminar series for Nature’s Soapbox Science blog.

Book Review: Elegance and Enigma

I have just posted the book review of Max Schlosshauer’s “Elegance and Enigma” (pdf) that I wrote for the American Journal of Physics.