Post-Doc Teaching Associate, Physics and Astronomy
The Department of Physics & Astronomy at Agnes Scott College invites applications for a post-doctoral teaching associate position to begin fall 2018, for a period of three years (renewable annually). The associate would join existing faculty in teaching and mentoring students in physics & astronomy at a highly diverse women-centered liberal arts college, with opportunities for integrating scientific approaches in interdisciplinary courses focused on leadership development and global learning, through the college’s signature SUMMIT curriculum.
- Teaching disciplinary and interdisciplinary undergraduate courses and labs in physics, possibly including computer programming and/or astronomy.
- Carrying out a program of research and providing research opportunities to undergraduate students.
- Mentoring and advising students.
- Participation in collaborative grant proposals to enrich physics education and research opportunities for Agnes Scott students.
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
- Commitment to increasing diversity in physics and other STEM disciplines.
- Enthusiasm for innovative teaching at the undergraduate level, including some of the existing courses in Physics & SUMMIT (https://www.agnesscott.edu/physics/courses.html, https://www.agnesscott.edu/global-learning/first-year-global-learning/index.html, https://www.agnesscott.edu/leadership-development/index.html)
- A program of research that can be carried out at a small liberal arts college, and will be accessible to undergraduate involvement at beginning and advanced levels.
- Effective communication and ability to collaborate in a small department.
- Interest in on-campus professional development opportunities and faculty mentoring.
- Ph.D. in physics or closely related field. Highly qualified ABD candidates may be considered for a pre-doctoral appointment, which would transition into a Postdoctoral appointment after the Ph.D. is in hand.
- A program of research that is accessible to undergraduate students and can be implemented using existing resources in the Mary Brown Bullock Science Center, Bradley Observatory, and/or the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA).
Resources for research
- Departmental and collaborative research facilities at the college, including optics, laser physics, spectroscopy, LIDAR, and scientific computing.
- Potential collaborations through connections to physics, astronomy, computational sciences, science education and related departments at other Atlanta-area colleges and Universities.
- Potential modest start-up funding to facilitate research with students. • Access to three meter-class telescopes in the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA) http://saraobservatory.org/
To apply, send 1) a separate statement of experience in increasing diversity and fostering inclusion, with plans for continuing this work at Agnes Scott College; 2) A description of teaching philosophy and courses of particular interest within the physics and SUMMIT curricula; 3) A plan for implementation of undergraduate-accessible research and any required resources; 4) Curriculum Vitae, and 5) two-three recent letters of recommendation to Amy Lovell, Professor of Astronomy at [email protected]. Applications received by June 21, 2018, will receive full consideration (electronic submissions only). Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Ranked the No. 2 most innovative college in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, the college is launching six new co-educational graduate programs over the next three years. The college is committed to providing its faculty with a supportive academic environment that includes a balance of teaching, research, and service. The college offers a wide range of benefits and programs that promote health and wellness and express our commitment to a family- friendly work environment. Agnes Scott College has a strong commitment to diversity and urges members of underrepresented groups to apply.