Open Rank Physics, Astrophysics

Job description

Job location: JD Alexander Florida Polytechnic Main Campus

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-06-24
Req: R1124


Open Rank Physics, Astrophysics   


The Department of Natural Sciences at Florida Polytechnic University seeks candidates to one or two faculty positions in the area of observational, experimental, theoretical, and/or computational astrophysics at the Assistant Professor or higher level to begin on August 2021. All areas of experimental and theoretical astrophysics including galaxy evolution, gravitational waves (GW), multi-messenger astrophysics, planetary atmospheres, neutrino physics, quantum gravity, dark matter, and cosmology will be considered.
The Department of Natural Sciences at Florida Polytechnic University has embarked on a new degree program in Engineering Physics that opened in August 2019. This new undergraduate program provides the nexus of Florida Polytechnic University -wide activities in engineering, physics, chemistry and biology and anticipates close collaborations between faculties in many of our academic programs.
Applicants must demonstrate the ability to develop a highly successful teaching and research program, attract independent research funding, publish the results of their research studies in leading scientific journals of their discipline, supervise graduate and undergraduate students, and to teach effectively at both the graduate and undergraduate level courses. In addition, the candidates are expected to assist in the education mission of the department and to provide whatever academic service is requested to by the Chair of Department and Director of the Sciences, Arts and Mathematics.   


Florida Polytechnic University opened for classes in 2014-15 and is the twelfth university in the Florida State University System. The University was created as a STEM-focused public university that offers high-value undergraduate and graduate degrees and that has intentional industry connections with a focus on economic development of the high-tech I-4 corridor. Dedicated to preparing students for the competitive STEM workforce, Florida Polytechnic University blends traditional subject matter mastery with problem solving and laboratory experiences to provide students with learning opportunities applicable to both the workplace and a career of lifelong learning. The University delivers its courses in small class sizes, emphasizes a positive student to faculty experience, and is dedicated to both its teaching and research mission.

Faculty are employed at Florida Poly via renewable, term defined appointments, codified in a collective bargaining agreement, that substantially mirrors tenure systems with reappointment and progression in rank upon completion of a significant review of accomplishments.

Lakeland, home to Florida Polytechnic University’s ultra-modern campus, is located along the I-4 High Tech Corridor halfway between Tampa and Orlando. Our central Florida community combines small town comfort with big-city culture. Florida’s High Tech Corridor is home to 11,000 high-tech businesses, and Polk County alone has more than 600,000 residents, four universities and one state college. Lakeland is just a 45-minute drive from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, professional sports teams, and thriving performing art centers. With no income tax in Florida, and home values increasing 14.3% on average over the past year, Lakeland and central Florida continue to rise among the best places to live and work.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate willingness and ability to work effectively with colleagues to support the mission of the institution and related academic units;
  • Be willing to teach at times and places necessary to meet student needs;
  • Be willing to adopt innovative teaching methods and delivery as appropriate;
  • Possess the knowledge, talents and skills in the discipline to promote effective teaching;
  • Demonstrate respect for the diverse learning needs of students;
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and implement curriculum objectives and content for courses offered and taught in one’s curriculum area;
  • Demand and maintain high standards and expectations for all students;
  • Implement teaching activities and a diversity of teaching techniques, procedures, and resources including application of technology;
  • Develop and implement evaluation and assessment techniques that are appropriate for each course;
  • Use multiple measures to assess student learning on a regular basis and provide frequent feedback to students relative to their performance;
  • Be available and knowledgeable and demonstrate proficiency in the practice of academic advisement of students;
  • Conduct appropriate research and scholarly/creative activity within the discipline;
  • Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development and growth by being suitably active in professional and community service;
  • Exhibit motivation and initiative in keeping up-to-date and current in one’s curriculum area by reading/reviewing current scholarly or creative works in their field and by attending conferences, seminars, workshops, courses, and development activities sponsored by the University;
  • Serve effectively on committees and other appropriate functions that assist in University governance.

Essential Functions

- Duties include teaching undergraduate physics, engineering, and astrophysics classes at both the lower- and upper-level;

  • Maintaining an active research program with undergraduate students;
  • Participating in professional service;
  • Course load may include service courses for students in other science disciplines and/or non-science majors;
  • Active support of the achievement of departmental goals is also expected.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Astrophysics or closely related field.
  • Credentials by degree and/or experience to support delivery of core courses in the department

Desired/Preferred Qualification

  • Teaching and/or relevant research/industry experience
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent and interdisciplinary funded applied research.
  • Experience in curriculum delivery and development
  • Experience with students’ academic mentoring
  • Experience in program assessment and execution of a continuous improvement plan.
  • Experience in serving on various department, college or university committees.
  • Active participation in professional activities and organizations.
  • Prior professional US experience with progressive responsibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse campus community.

Expected Starting Salary

  • Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Application Deadline date

  • Positions are open until filled (or recruitment cancelled). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.
  • Employment is contingent upon proof of the legal right to work in the United States. This proof must be provided prior to employment at the University. An appointment is not final until proof is provided.

Application Process: All Applicants are required to upload the following documents (combine all documents in one file if possible, 5MB max or five attachments):

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • List of at least 3 professional references (names and contact information)
  • Unofficial copy of the Ph.D./M.Sc. transcript

This position requires a background check, which may include a level II screening as required by the Florida Statute §435.04.

 Special Instructions Regarding Attachments:

Required attachments are listed on each posting.   Please be sure to attach all required documents in the Resume/CV field before continuing through the application. Once your application has been submitted, no changes may be made and additional attachments will not be considered. 

An unofficial copy of the degree/transcript is acceptable during the application process. For positions requiring a degree, the official transcripts are required upon hire. 

Foreign Transcript: Transcripts issued outside of the United States require a equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the application deadline.

All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date of the job announcements.  

This position requires a background check, which may include a level II screening as required by the Florida Statute §435.04. 





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Job No: R1124
Posted: 9/3/2020
Application Due: 9/3/2032
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