Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Physics - One year position

Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Apr 14, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Physics Department of Ursinus College invites applications for a full-time, one-year Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Physics for the 2017-18 academic year.  The position is well-suited for a scientist who wishes to prepare for a career of teaching at a primarily undergraduate liberal arts institution that emphasizes excellence in both teaching and research.  This is a full-time, one-year position with responsibilities for teaching (two lectures and one lab in the first semester followed by two lectures in the second) and research. There will be opportunities and an expectation to engage and mentor undergraduate students in research. The physics department will offer the candidate mentoring in establishing a vibrant research program and in teaching, including “flipped classroom” pedagogy and opportunities to work with our Teaching and Learning Initiative.  Preference will be given to those applicants who were recently awarded or are about to earn a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or astrophysics.

The department seeks a talented individual to teach a combination of courses from among Introductory Astronomy, General Physics, Classical Mechanics, Modern Physics, Mathematical Physics, and Electrodynamics. Preference will be given to applicants prepared to teach Introductory Astronomy. While the successful candidate will have room to develop these courses, we recognize the challenges of teaching early in one's career.  Each of these courses has a significant cache of resources that will therefore be made available.

Applications must be submitted to  Applicants should describe (1) their commitment to and philosophy of undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts setting, and (2) a research program that will involve undergraduate collaborators. A complete application includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research plans, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three confidential letters of recommendation.  Direct any questions to Search Committee, Department of Physics at  Full consideration will be given to applications received by May 15, 2017, but review of applications will continue until the position is filled. 

Ursinus College is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, residential liberal arts college of approximately 1700 students located about 25 miles northwest of center city Philadelphia. Ursinus College is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students.  Ursinus is an EO/AA employer.  Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.