Professor of Physics/Astronomy - 3 Vacancies

Job description



(1 position will be assigned to the Los Banos campus and 2 to the Merced campus)  

Salary:     $55,018 – $75,137 (additional compensation for doctorate)

The three vacancies are for full-time, tenure track instructional assignments at Merced College. Two of the three vacancies are under the general direction of the Dean of Science, Math, and Engineering, while one vacancy is under the general direction of the Dean of the Los Banos Campus in coordination with the Dean of Science, Math, and Engineering. The professors will teach a variety of courses. The specific mix of teaching assignments will vary from semester to semester. The standard teaching load is 15 units per semester, which may include evening and weekend hours.

Closing Date:  February 1, 2019, 5:00 pm, PST

Beginning Date
:  August 2019

Merced College is a midsized community college located in California’s Central Valley. Founded in 1962, the college serves more than 16,000 students with room to expand on its 267 acre main campus and 120 acre Los Banos site. Merced, incorporated in 1889, offers historical sites, affordable housing, access to the Bay Area and Sacramento, and is the Gateway to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra mountains as well as home to the University of California Merced campus. Our tree-shaded, growing community of just over 80,000 includes multiple biking and walking trails as well as access to several lakes – large and small – throughout the county.

The Los Banos Campus of Merced College is a full service college center, located inland of the San Francisco Bay Area and an hour and a half from the California coast. A modern facility with state of the art science labs, the campus’ smaller footprint helps to create community and connection with students and colleagues. The Los Banos Campus is home to twenty full-time professors, including six in the Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics area. Strong enrollments in transfer level mathematics and chemistry drive demand for expanded coursework in physics, physical science and astronomy to support STEM majors, teacher preparation and general education.

The Science, Math, and Engineering area offers a wide variety of courses, including Physics. These positions have the opportunity to provide innovative and extensive outreach in the local community and our educational partners to aid in the promotion of the sciences throughout the region and within the Merced Community College District. Area faculty are committed to helping students attain their educational goals, be it to transfer to a four-year school, obtain an associate’s degree, or to complete prerequisites for another program.    

Merced College Vision

Merced College will provide transformative and empowering educational experiences to meet student and community needs.

Merced College Mission

Growing our community through education and workforce training:

  • lifelong learning
  • basic skills
  • career technical education
  • transfer
  • degree/certificate programs

Ensuring student success through equitable access, continuous quality improvement, institutional effectiveness, and student achievement.

Science, Math, & Engineering Area: Offers a full range of classes from the pre-associate degree to the transfer level.  Area disciplines include Physics, Biology, Biotechnology, Math, and Chemistry, among others.  Area courses offer students a solid foundation for exploring these and other areas of study.



  • Master’s degree in physics, astronomy, or astrophysics 
  • Bachelor’s degree in physics or astronomy AND master’s degree in engineering, mathematics, meteorology, or geophysics


  • The equivalent
  • Must have sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.


  • Experience teaching courses in Physics or Astronomy
  • Current technology skills related to teaching in the discipline and a willingness to pursue future technological developments.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide instruction in accordance with established course outlines and expectations
  • Inform students about course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance policy
  • Maintain required student attendance and scholastic records
  • Prepare and grade class assignments and examinations
  • Post and maintain regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy
  • Participate in the development and review of curriculum
  • Participate in the development of teaching-learning methods and materials
  • Participate in departmental, area, and campus professional activities/committees
  • Participate in the college's learning outcomes assessment program, including course, program, and institutional assessments
  • Perform tasks needed for student records, e.g. submit grades on time to admissions and records

How to Apply:

Candidates will submit a complete application on the Merced College Career Pages at

  1. Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position
  2. Resume
  3. List three professional references
  4. Legible unofficial college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate). Transcripts must include the degree major and date the institution granted the degree. Official copies are not required unless applicant is hired. 
  5. Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation.
  6. Diversity Statement: Provide a statement about yourself that specifically demonstrates sensitivity to the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and the community at large. Your response is limited to one (1) page.
  7. OPTIONAL: Equivalency Review Form, if applicable. (Required for applicants who do not possess the stated minimum educational qualifications and are seeking consideration on the basis of equivalency)

Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process. Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office.  

Interview Information: Those applicants deemed most qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee which includes a 15-minute teaching demonstration on a selected topic.   Finalist interviews with district administrators will follow the same or next day.  A limited number of candidates will be invited to interviews. Partial reimbursement for travel may be available.

Employee Benefits: The District pays (with small contribution from employee) health, prescription, vision and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents.  Life and income protection insurance premiums are provided for the employee only.  Sick leave and retirement benefits are also provided.

Condition of Employment: The selected candidate must be livescanned and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment.  In compliance with the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, all new employees are required to verify their identity and the right to work in the United States.  An applicant must be able to perform essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.  All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.




Diversity Profile: University



View more

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

Arrow pointing right
Job No:
Posted: 1/18/2019
Application Due: 2/1/2019
Work Type:
Salary: $55,018 - $75,137 (additional compensation for doctorate)