Assistant Professor of Physics

Job description

Montclair State is New Jersey's second largest university. It offers the advantages of a large university - a broad undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a wide variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level, and a diverse faculty and student body - combined with a small college's attention to students.

Posting Date September 27, 2018

Position Title Assistant Professor of Physics

Vacancy # F12- Physics

Department Physics

Division Academic Affairs

Job Description

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Physics. (Applications for exceptional applicants at the Associate Professor or Professor level will also be considered.) Priority will be given to a physicist or astronomer with expertise in data analysis, observation, or computing. We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in gravitational-wave physics (data analysis preferred), multi-messenger astronomy, exoplanets, solar system astronomy, neutrino astrophysics, radio astronomy, optical/IR astronomy, and x-ray/gamma-ray astronomy. Highly qualified applicants in other areas of physics and astronomy may be considered.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Montclair State University consists of 5 faculty members. In addition to a major and minor in physics, we also offer a concentration in astronomy and certifications in physics teaching, as well as 5-year dual-degree programs (yielding a BS in Physics and a MS in Math or Mechanical Engineering). The normal teaching load for research-active faculty is 18 credits per year (distributed over two semesters). A typical course varies from 3 credits (lecture-only major course) to ~7.2 credits (lecture + two lab sections of introductory physics).

Montclair State University is New Jersey's second-largest university, with over 20,000 students. It is a Research Doctoral University under the Carnegie Classification of higher-education institutions. The University has a very diverse student body and has met the criteria to be a Federally-designated Hispanic-Serving Institution. It is located 15 miles west of New York City in the town of Montclair. Additional information about our department can be found on our website

Qualifications & Requirements

A Ph.D. in Physics or Astronomy
Candidates are expected to pursue research that will secure external funding and involve undergraduates.
The successful candidate should also have a strong commitment to quality teaching in a broad range of courses at the undergraduate level. We are especially interested in candidates who can support and further develop the astronomy or computational-physics/data science component of our curriculum.

One or more years of postdoctoral experience

Salary Range
Commensurate with qualifications

Anticipated Start Date September 1, 2019

Send cover letter and resume to
(include vacancy # if above)

Applications should include a cover letter, CV (including a publication list), research statement, and a teaching statement, please indicate V-F12 in the cover letter.

The materials should be presented in the listed order and combined into a single pdf file. Research and teaching statements should each be 5 pages or less. The cover letter should briefly summarize your qualifications and reason for interest in our department and university.

The pdf application and at least three letters of recommendation should be submitted to .

Contact Marc Favata with any questions or requests for information at [email protected]

Apply By Applications should be submitted before November 12, 2018 to ensure full consideration. Screening will begin shortly thereafter and will continue until the position is filled. On-campus interviews are expected to take place in December or January

Organizational Marketing Statement:

Building on a distinguished 105-year history, Montclair State University is proud to be a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey. The university's six colleges and schools serve more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 300 majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs. Situated on a beautiful, 250-acre suburban campus just 14 miles from New York City, Montclair State combines the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a dynamic, sophisticated, and diverse academic environment.

EEO/AA Statement:

Montclair State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution with a strong commitment to diversity. Additional information can be found on the MSU website at






Diversity Profile: University



View more

Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

Arrow pointing right
Job No:
Posted: 11/27/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
Work Type: