Assistant Professor of Physics

Sep 18, 2019
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Title:Assistant Professor of Physics Campus:Portland City, State:Portland, ME Department:Physics - PPS Bargaining Unit:AFUM Salary Band/Wage Band:na Work Schedule:academic year Statement of Job:

The Department of Physics at the University of Southern Maine invites applications for a full- time, tenure track Assistant Professor beginning in Fall 2020. The candidate can expect to teach a mix of introductory and upper level courses and/or labs. The successful candidate should have demonstrated excellence in teaching and commitment to involving and mentoring undergraduate students in research. The primary focus is on teaching, and the successful candidate will also be expected to produce research in collaboration with students. We live our USM Service Promise Student Focused Every Day and we are looking for a faculty member who understands that promise and supports our values: Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity and Responsiveness.

The department of physics has facilities that include an optics lab, a modest machine shop (new milling machine, a lathe, band saw, and drill press), a planetarium, and several optical benches. Our department is committed to open and reproducible research using Jupyter/Python/Julia and have begun to introduce these tools throughout the curriculum.

We are the University of Everyone – committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff. We welcome applicants who are multi-lingual. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.



  • Ph.D. in a relevant field by the date of employment.
  • The ability to involve undergraduate students in research is also required.


  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and experience in computational physics are preferred.
Other Information:

The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: Paid Time Off (Holidays, Vacation, & Sick), Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance, Tuition Waiver Program for Employee & Dependents, a 403(b) Retirement Plan, and more.

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To Apply:

Materials must be submitted via "Apply for position." You will create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will need to upload a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae and a diversity statement describing how you incorporate diversity into your teaching, research, and/or service. We also require three letters of reference. Please make sure to enter a valid email address for your references (on the application) as we will request the letter of reference to be uploaded to us confidentially.

All materials must be submitted by October 20, 2019.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Office, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Work Year Calendar:Academic Year (Sept-May) Required Documents:Cover Letter, CV/Resume, Diversity Statement, References