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Assistant Professor of Physics, Tenure Track

Vassar College
Pay Transparency Disclosure: The annual base starting salary range for this position is $89,000 to $99,000 (USD). This range includes new faculty appointments beginning the first year of a standard tenure clock as well as Assistant Professors with previou

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Vassar College

Assistant Professor of Physics, Tenure Track

Department: Physics & Astronomy Department
Posting Removal Date:
Posting Number: F095P

For full consideration applicants should apply by: 11/06/2023

About Vassar College
Vassar is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2400 undergraduate students, located in the Hudson Valley, seventy-five miles north of New York City. Vassar stands upon the homelands of the Munsee Lenape. The College is located in Poughkeepsie, home to a culturally diverse community, and benefits from convenient commuter rail access to New York City. Vassar faculty are committed teachers/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, and studios and in individually-mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on college-wide and departmental committees. The College maintains a generous leave policy, provides strong support for research, and encourages multidisciplinary approaches to teaching.

Position Introduction
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vassar College invites applications for a tenure‐track Assistant Professor position beginning in August 2024. The Assistant Professor will develop a robust research program involving undergraduates, as well as teach at all levels of the Physics curriculum. 

AA Statement
Vassar College is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. The College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and especially welcomes applications from veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of racial, ethnic, and other groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding.

Position Description
The candidate should have a PhD in Physics or closely related field by the time of appointment, a commitment to undergraduate education, and plans to implement a significant research program. Previous teaching is preferred, and the candidate should be prepared to teach at all levels of the Physics curriculum, for example, courses such as advanced E&M, advanced Quantum Mechanics, or Classical Mechanics. The teaching load in the first year is four courses. In ensuing years, faculty may either teach five classroom units, or teach four classroom units and provide flexible, closely mentored experiences for undergraduates. The candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a robust research program that can also engage undergraduate students. The position is open to all fields of Physics. Candidates working in interdisciplinary fields are especially encouraged to apply. The department currently includes a diverse group of five physicists and two astronomers in tenure track positions; see the department homepage

Salary Wage Range
Pay Transparency Disclosure: The annual base starting salary range for this position is $89,000 to $99,000 (USD). This range includes new faculty appointments beginning the first year of a standard tenure clock as well as Assistant Professors with previous tenure-line experience who will be on an accelerated tenure clock. When extending an offer of employment, Vassar College considers factors such as (but not limited to) candidate’s education/training, work experience, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations. This salary range represents the College’s good faith and reasonable estimate at the time of posting. The starting salary for an Assistant Professor in this position with a PhD beginning the first year of a standard tenure clock in Fall 2024 is $93,000.

How to Apply
Applications should be addressed to Prof. Colette Salyk and submitted online at
Candidates should submit:-A letter of application-A Curriculum Vitae-A graduate transcript (unofficial copy acceptable for initial application)-A statement of teaching philosophy and teaching experience-A statement of research, describing experience, future plans, and proposed student engagement-A diversity statement (additional information can be found at letters of recommendation
For inquiries, email Prof. Colette Salyk, Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy,
Review of applicant materials will begin on November 6, 2023 and will continue until the position has been filled. There is no guarantee that applications received after November 6 will be reviewed.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To Apply
All applicants must apply online at:

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