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Open-Rank, Tenure-Track, Physics & Astronomy

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Job no: 496133
Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Physics & Astronomy


The Department of Physics & Astronomy at Bucknell University invites applications for an open-rank, tenure-track faculty position to begin in the fall semester of 2019. The successful candidate will demonstrate their potential (1) to teach at all levels of the undergraduate physics curriculum, in laboratory and interactive teaching environments as well as more traditional classroom settings; (2) to establish and maintain an active experimental research program at an undergraduate institution; and (3) to participate in the implementation of the department's new biophysics major. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. or the equivalent, or be ABD with the understanding that the Ph.D. must be completed before their second year.

A complete application will include a curriculum vitae or resume, a statement that describes the applicant's experience and potential as a teacher, a statement describing their scholarly interests, and three confidential letters of recommendation. For additional information and to apply, please go to http://careers.bucknell.edu. Review of applications will commence on November 16, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

The Department is committed to broadening the participation of under-represented groups in STEM fields. Our curriculum combines interactive teaching, computation, and laboratory environments designed to engage students in collaborative endeavors, and promote meaningful interactions between students and faculty. We work closely with our students to help them develop both knowledge and confidence in their proficiency, regardless of their background or outgoing career trajectory. We are keenly aware of the value of the many perspectives and lived experiences that a diverse faculty body inherently brings to education, research, and the community, and believe that everybody benefits from such a diversity of voices. With this in mind, we are especially interested in candidates whose teaching, research, and service will contribute to the department's commitment to student learning, undergraduate research, diversity, and inclusive pedagogy.

The Department has 14 faculty, with support provided by two technical staff, one introductory lab coordinator, and one administrative assistant. There is research lab space available for an experimental physicist, access to a department-owned NikonTI-2 Eclipse inverted microscope system with TIRF capabilities, a departmental machine shop, and access to a university Linux-based computing cluster. We offer both B.S. and B.A. degrees in physics, a B.S. in Physics with an Astrophysics Concentration, and have recently been approved to offer a B.S. degree in Biophysics. Our introductory courses are taken by students majoring in all math and science disciplines, all of the students in the College of Engineering, and students from all majors in a liberal arts environment.

About Bucknell


Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell's 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.


Bucknell's beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.


Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community


Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.


The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University's main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.


The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell's surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.


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