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Physics and Astronomy Faculty, Full-time

Calvin University
Grand Rapids, Michigan (US)
commensurate with experience

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Science & Technology, Physical Sciences
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Calvin University invites applications for a full-time tenure track (open rank) faculty member to join the Physics and Astronomy Department beginning in August 2023. 



The university seeks applicants with vibrant Christian faith who are dedicated to integration of that faith with their field of study.


Candidates will hold a PhD in Physics or Astronomy or a related field.


The university will prioritize candidates with broad interdisciplinary interests, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, ability to integrate questions of meaning, significance, and ethics into all course content, and deep commitment to engaging students beyond the classroom.



Faculty are expected to grow in Reformed Christian commitment, teach well and effectively, engage in an active research program involving undergraduates and to serve the university, department, students, and the wider community. Candidates will be asked to affirm their commitment to the educational mission of Calvin University as a Christian liberal arts university in the Reformed tradition, affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.  (See Educating for Shalom and Faculty Expectations.) Calvin University provides numerous faculty development opportunities to foster growth in these commitments.



Calvin University stands at the forefront of Christian scholarship across disciplines. The University hosts a number of Centers and Institutes and provides other funding opportunities to support faculty teaching and research, including sabbaticals, grants, course releases, summer research stipends, travel funds, and student research opportunities.



Calvin has a long tradition of excellence, with over 70 of our graduates going on to earn doctorates in physics or astronomy at institutions including the University of Michigan, University of Chicago, Cornell University and Harvard University.  Distinguished graduates include Alex Dragt, professor emeritus at the University of Maryland and recent winner of the Wilson prize from the American Physical Society, as well as anti-matter researcher Gerald Gabrielse,  past chair of the physics department at Harvard University.   This strong tradition continues, with graduates from the last two years matriculating in doctoral programs at institutions including Notre Dame, University of Maryland, University of Tokyo, and Northwestern University.



Calvin University is a top-ranked national university that equips students to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Approximately 3,000 Calvin students study the liberal arts and select from a broad range of majors and professional programs. The university is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a thriving metropolitan region of approximately one million people situated equidistant from Chicago and Detroit. Furthermore, the West Michigan region is ranked by Forbes as the #1 place to raise a family. For more information, please visit


Calvin is building a tradition of diversity and accessibility and welcomes applications from persons whose personal characteristics will further that commitment.  Calvin does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, or age.  Calvin University is an educational agency of the Christian Reformed Church and, in compliance with Title VII and other applicable law, reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religion.



Complete the online application process and attach the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the requirements and responsibilities of the position, including your interest in teaching and scholarship at a Reformed Christian University 
  • Full curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages)
  • Research plan (1-2 pages)
  • 3 letters of reference


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Questions can be sent to Paul Harper, department chair, at

[email protected]





1. Commitment to the educational mission of Calvin as a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.  

2. A commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith, learning, and student development.



Demonstrated awareness and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communication across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, physical limitations, class, or religious perspectives.

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