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Assistant Professor in Physics, Tenure Track

Job description

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at Ursinus College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in Astronomy or Astrophysics starting in fall 2018. 

The successful candidate will join the current three members of a physics department that offers a student-focused, modern curriculum. The department is willing to experiment and regularly modifies the curriculum in light of educational best practices. Recent examples include a new literature-review based senior seminar, a general relativity course, a new materials science course, and an updated approach to upper-level quantum mechanics. Students can choose among a traditional physics major, an astrophysics concentration, and a pre-engineering program with linkages to Columbia University and Case Western Reserve University.

Many students actively engage in research projects each semester (typically, at least 10). Students can also be supported by the college for faculty-mentored research during the summer as part of the Ursinus Summer Fellows program, which provides stipends, supply money, and housing for approx. 80 students engaged in summer research projects. Faculty mentors of Summer Fellows also receive stipends. Department members have been successful at attracting outside funding, receiving upwards of $300,000 in grants over the last three years.

As part of its commitment to liberal education, all entering students participate in a seminar course called the Common Intellectual Experience, with readings from philosophy, science, history, and literature. As the aim of this course is to foster an intellectual community on campus, the successful candidate will contribute to the teaching of this course. The candidate will also find opportunities to engage students, through the Center for Science and the Common Good, in a continuing dialogue about their responsibilities as civically engaged scientists.

We are seeking an astronomer or astrophysicist committed to excellence in undergraduate education and research at a highly selective liberal arts college. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory astronomy and upper-level astrophysics, and may, over time, include all courses offered by a typical undergraduate physics major.

The successful candidate will also occasionally teach the Common Intellectual Experience, an interdisciplinary freshman seminar. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an active research program in their field that engages undergraduate students and oversee the Marsteller Observatory, home of two 12” and two 14” refracting telescopes housed in four bays on the roof of Pfahler Hall.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field. Post-doctoral research experience is preferred.

Anticipated Start Date: August 2018

Applications must be submitted to apply.interfolio.com/46162. 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 [email protected]  Review of applications will begin November 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Ursinus College is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, residential liberal arts college of approximately 1650 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.




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Posted: 10/13/2017
Application Due: 12/12/2017
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