Thursday, January 14, 2021

TT in Science or Math Education Research (open discipline), San Diego State, CA

 Science or Mathematics Education Research (Open Discipline) 

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position


The College of Sciences seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in education research in the fields of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, statistics, or physics beginning Fall 2021. Candidates are expected to develop a robust research program that includes external funding and scholarly productivity, teach departmental courses, and mentor departmental undergraduate and graduate (masters and doctoral) students. Additionally, faculty will have opportunities to supervise Ph.D. students in the Joint Doctoral Program in Mathematics and Science Education (MSED, http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/CRMSE/msed/home.html), offered with the University of California at San Diego. We are also looking for a colleague to join our large group of mathematics and science educators, from the College of Sciences and the College of Education, who conduct collaborative research through the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE, https://education.sdsu.edu/crmse). 


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field, and postdoctoral experience is preferred. A strong record of scholarship is required. The candidate will be expected to establish and grow an externally funded research program resulting in peer-reviewed publications with SDSU undergraduate and graduate students. Disciplinary expertise for teaching majors courses at the undergraduate level is required. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience and a demonstrated commitment to the academic success and mentoring of a diverse student population.


The candidate will be appointed to the appropriate disciplinary department in the College of Sciences (https://sciences.sdsu.edu/): Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geological Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, or Physics. 


Applicants should apply via Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/82740. Questions about the position may be directed to Search Committee Chair, Joanne Lobato, at jlobato@sdsu.edu. Review of applications will begin on February 12, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.


Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, names and contact information for three letters of recommendation, and a statement explaining how you meet at least two or more of the Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria given below.


We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and (h) research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. 


San Diego State University is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. SDSU is currently designated as a Doctoral / Research-Intensive University by the Carnegie Foundation. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 84 areas, masters in 76 and doctorates in 21. See http://www.sdsu.edu for more information. SDSU is also a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.


The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.


SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

TT PER at Ryerson Polytechnic in Toronto, Canada

 Tenure Track Position in Physics Pedagogy 

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the  territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Physics Pedagogy.  The appointment shall be effective 1 July 2021, subject to final budgetary approval. 

This position is an integral part of the Faculty of Science Strategic Plan to create a world-class group in Science Education Research, beginning with a cluster of four positions, one in each of Computer Science, Chemistry/Biology, Mathematics and Physics departments. In addition to being part of the new cluster in Science Education, the successful applicant will join the present strong core of physicists in the Department of Physics with research interests in Medical Physics and Complex Systems. With this position, the Department is expanding into Physics Education Research (PER). As such, we invite applicants with expertise in Physics Education Research who have demonstrated exceptional levels of excellence in teaching Science courses as well as the development of novel undergraduate laboratories and curricula based on present day PER research. 

The successful candidate will: contribute to our undergraduate and graduate programs through teaching [physics and/or astronomy courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels], mentor and supervise undergraduate and graduate students; contribute to the development of curricula and course design; develop a strong and innovative research program in Physics Education Research that is externally funded and that produces cutting-edge, high quality results; and engage in the life of the Department, Faculty and University through service activities while maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities.

 

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field. In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of: 

  • strong emerging scholarly research and/or creative activity that is current, innovative and impactful as evidenced by, but not limited to, peer-reviewed publications, working papers, public policy contributions, presentations at academic conferences, community and professional work, grants, research related awards and other writing or creative production that contributes to the visibility and prominence of the discipline; 
  • practical experience in research, applications and development of material related to physics education research; 
  • meaningful engagement of undergraduate and graduate students in their proposed research; 
  • demonstrated potential for teaching excellence at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum, as evidenced by a teaching dossier that includes a teaching philosophy statement, experience with course and curriculum review and/or development, examples of best practices in pedagogy, including familiarity with a variety of contemporary, research-based teaching practices techniques, and emerging technologies for instruction, effective use of classroom technology and any experience with experiential learning, sample syllabi, strong teaching evaluations, teaching awards, and other relevant achievements in teaching;
  • strong communication and expository skills and a demonstrated ability to supervise undergraduate students; 
  • enthusiasm about teaching physics and/or astronomy classes at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, including general education courses and physics majors’ courses;
  • endorsements/recommendations by recognized referees;
  • experience and interest in upper-division PER and/or educational technologies – as they apply to online/remote teaching and learning as well as the development of online (virtual) undergraduate laboratories;
  • commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and 
  • an ability to contribute to the life of the Department, Faculty and the University through collegial service. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

PER Postdoc, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Physics Education Research


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate in Physics Education Research

(PER) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of I). The work of the University of

Illinois PER Group bridges fundamental principles of physics cognition, learning, and

understanding with large-scale, classroom implementation.


The primary duties of this position will be to work on a collaborative team that manages and

conducts research on the Illinois Physics and Secondary Schools (IPaSS) Partnership program

(https://ipass.physics.illinois.edu/). The IPaSS program is an NSF-funded project that brings

together high school physics teachers with U of I personnel to develop and implement high-

quality, high school physics instruction. The research project investigates three strands: (1)

program impact on teacher professional development and practice, (2) program impact on

student learning and post-secondary pursuit of STEM careers, and (3) adaptation of university

physics curricula to high school physics settings. The IPaSS team consists of Tim Stelzer (PI),

Eric Kuo, Maggie Mahmood, Morten Lundsgaard, and Rebecca Wiltfong.


The preferred start date is Summer 2021. The position is a full-time, 12-month appointment

that may be extended up to a maximum of three years. Candidates are expected to have

earned or be close to earning a Ph.D. in Physics Education Research, Science Education,

Learning Sciences, or a related field.


Duties:

 Help shape the development of project research strands

 Collaborate on project data collection and analysis

 Co-develop and support professional development program activities

 Present research through conference presentations and journal articles

 There are also opportunities to get involved on other projects in the U of I PER group.


Desired qualifications:

 Knowledge of science teacher professional development models and current trends

 Experience with quantitative research methods, including experimental or within-

subjects designs

 Experience with qualitative research methods, including video analysis in STEM

classroom/teacher professional development settings or interviewing

 Experience working in collaborative teams on projects with high logistical demands

 Strong writing, communication, and/or presentation skills

 Capacity and interest in supporting undergraduate and graduate student research.


Applications should be submitted electronically

at https://my.physics.illinois.edu/submit/go.asp?id=1552 and should include a cover letter,

CV, research statement, and three letters of recommendation. Please direct questions about

the position to PI Tim Stelzer (tstelzer@illinois.edu) or Eric Kuo (ekuo@illinois.edu). Review of

applications will begin on February 28, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Any offer for this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal

background check process in accordance with the University of Illinois Background Check

Policy.


The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified

applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color,

national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with

a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas

who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. For more information,

visit https://inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Adjunct Lecturer, Wofford College, SC

 WOFFORD COLLEGE

Adjunct Lecturer

 

The Department of Physics at Wofford College is seeking to hire an adjunct professor to teach one section of algebra based General Physics II and the associated lab in the spring 2021 semester. This course is a continuation of General Physics I covering topics of electricity, magnetism, optics, and nuclear physics.  This course can be taught remotely with synchronous online meetings at scheduled class and lab times.

 

QUALIFICATIONS 

For appointment, 18 hours of physics graduate instruction from an accredited institution is required. Preference will be given to candidates with a master’s degree in physics and higher education teaching experience or similar teaching experience.

 

APPLICATION DETAILS

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Application materials are to be emailed to physicssearch@wofford.edu and must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information (names, emails, and telephone numbers) for at least two professional references.  Qualified finalist candidates will be contacted for an interview and teaching demonstration. 

 

ABOUT WOFFORD COLLEGE  

Wofford College, established in 1854, is a private liberal arts residential college located a few blocks north of downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina. Wofford offers 27 major fields of study to a student body of 1,764 undergraduates and is nationally known for the strength of its academic program, outstanding faculty and study abroad participation. Wofford is home to one of the nation’s 286 Phi Beta Kappa chapters. The college community supports 19 NCAA Division I athletics teams and numerous student organizations, including honor societies, professional organizations, faith-based organizations, club sports and three publications. 

 

EEO STATEMENT

Wofford College values diversity within our students, faculty, and staff, and strives to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people. Wofford College does not discriminate in employment on the bases of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and/or local laws. 

 

Wofford College will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities for employment. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please reach out to HumanResources@Wofford.edu.

 

COMPLIANCE WITH TITLE IX

In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Wofford College does not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student or applicant for admission on the basis of sex. Policies and procedures for addressing complaints of discrimination and harassment can be found at

www.wofford.edu/titleix. Reports can be made to the Title IX coordinator at any time. Inquiries related to the application of Title IX at Wofford should be referred to the college’s Title IX coordinator (contact information below) and external inquires can be made to the Department of Education.

 

Wofford College Title IX Coordinator

External inquiry can be made to:

Amanda Estabrook

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

429 N Church St.

U.S. Department of Education

Campus Life Building, Office 6

400 Maryland Avenue, SW              

Spartanburg, SC 29303

Washington, D.C.  20202-1100

(864) 597-4047

(800) 421-3481

estabrookar@wofford.edu

OCR@ed.gov / http://www.ed.gov/ocr

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

PER Postdoc, Michigan State

 Postdoctoral Researcher in Physics Education Research at Michigan State University

 

Applicants are invited for a post-doctoral research associate in physics education in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Michigan State University. The successful candidate for the current position will work in the Physics Education Research Lab to study inclusive and equitable assessment practices within the physics community. The researcher would work on projects that build innovative ways to create, collect, and analyze assessment tools within physics classrooms and laboratories.

 

The researcher will be supervised by Dr. Rachel Henderson and will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty both inside and outside of the Physics Education Research Lab. The successful candidate will be encouraged to pursue their own research interests as they pertain to physics education research. There may also be opportunities to mentor junior researchers (e.g. graduate students and undergraduates) in projects related to this work.

 

Responsibilities include working in coordination with faculty to:

  • Analyze assessment data that has been collected in the transformed introductory laboratories,
  • Develop new assessment tools and practices using big data techniques,
  • Collaborate with course instructors to implement valid assessments within their classrooms,
  • Mentor junior researchers in quantitative physics education research,
  • Author scientific articles in education research journals, and
  • Present research findings at professional conferences.

 

Candidates are expected to have completed (or anticipate completion of) a Ph.D. in physics, physics education, science education, quantitative psychology (i.e. measurement and/or psychometrics), or a closely related field with preference to candidates with graduate or postdoctoral experience in the area of quantitative analysis of assessment data. The successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding mentoring skills, strong analytical skills, excellent writing skills, and the ability to work with undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff in a collaborative environment.

 

The candidate will collaborate with faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in the Physics Education Research Lab (perl.natsci.msu.edu). The Physics Education Research Lab at MSU is a dynamic community that includes 6 principal faculty, 5 research associates, 9 graduate students, and several undergraduate students. The appointment is initially for one year, with the possibility of 1-year extension, based on performance and the availability of funding. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. The appointment is contingent upon successfully completing a full background check.

 

Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and an assessment philosophy statement to careers.msu.edu (posting # 683767). In your assessment philosophy statement, you should address the following three questions: (1) What are the challenges in developing assessments? (2) What do you see as the goal of assessment? and (3) What does equitable assessment mean to you? In addition, applicants should provide the names of three (3) individuals from whom letters of recommendation can be requested.

 

Review of applications will begin on January 30, 2021 and will continue until the position has been filled. The starting date is negotiable with a preference toward candidates that are available to start in May 2021. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Rachel Henderson, Assistant Professor in the Physics Education Research Lab at MSU, hende473@msu.edu.

 

We actively encourage applications from – and welcome nominations of – women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.

Monday, December 7, 2020

TT, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta GA

 Oglethorpe University welcomes applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Physics, starting Fall 2021. A Ph.D. in Physics, earned by August 2021, is required.

Faculty at Oglethorpe prioritize teaching and mentoring, and the successful candidate must demonstrate high potential to succeed on both fronts with our diverse student body. A commitment to the craft of teaching, including the use of evidence-based innovative pedagogy and involvement in scholarly activities to promote student education is expected.  The teaching load for this position is two courses with labs, or the equivalent, per semester. The chosen candidate will teach, in rotation, algebra-based and calculus-based introductory physics as well as upper-division courses and electives that support the Physics and Dual-Degree Engineering programs.  In addition, the successful candidate will regularly contribute to Oglethorpe’s signature liberal arts general education program, the Core.

The successful candidate will establish and maintain a research program that engages undergraduate students. Oglethorpe faculty are expected to contribute to their field through peer-reviewed work and to have an active and on-going scholarly agenda.  Successful faculty remain current in their discipline and expand their expertise by attending seminars, conferences, and workshops. Oglethorpe faculty also mentor students as academic advisors, research advisors, and in informal settings. Candidates with expertise in a subfield of Physics that can interface with our existing programs in the natural sciences, computer science, and/or mathematics are highly desirable, as are those applicants that can work across disciplines to develop multidisciplinary courses or courses in areas of entrepreneurship as it relates to Physics.

 

The Physics program is housed in the Cousins Center, which has been thoughtfully designed to promote student-faculty interactions in research, study, and teaching spaces.  Opened in 2019, the Cousins Center opens a new era of innovation, reinvigoration, and growth for the Science Division. Housing both the sciences and the Hammack School of Business, the Cousins Center’s design encourages collaboration in flexible laboratories, classrooms, and group meeting spaces.

 

Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe is Atlanta’s leading liberal arts and sciences university, located within the limits of this diverse and dynamic city.  Our student body of approximately 1400 students represents about 30 states and over 20 countries, and over half identify as non-white.  Approximately one-third of Oglethorpe students are first-generation college students.  Oglethorpe is ranked in the top 15% of many polls and rankings of US colleges for diversity in metrics such as ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, disabilities, and geographic origin.  Assured in the belief that diversity and equity are key to Oglethorpe’s success, both the strategic plan and EEOC statement confirm an institutional desire for our employees to reflect the diversity of our student body and the wider Atlanta community we serve. 

Oglethorpe employs individuals based upon the assessment of their potential to successfully contribute to the university community.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by University policy, Title IX, or applicable law.

 

To receive full consideration, applicants must submit i) a cover letter, ii) C.V., iii) a statement of teaching philosophy, and iv) unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts to both i) Dr. Charles Baube (Chair) at physicssearch@oglethorpe.edu AND ii) to:   https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=39714&clientkey=E89EC0BE36E642B4CF9B1208D8AFD807

Please deliver, or arrange to have delivered, three (3) letters of reference to the same email.    

 

The review of applications will begin immediately.  Applications completed by January 8, 2021 will receive full consideration.  Applications received after that date may be considered on a rolling basis.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Open Rank Teaching Professor, NC State

 Department of Physics

North Carolina State University

Teaching Professor: Open Rank


The Physics Department at North Carolina State University is seeking a dedicated educator to lead efforts to improve our introductory physics lab sequence using tools from modern Physics Education Research.


Applications are invited for a full-time Open Rank Teaching Professor position (Professional Faculty Track) in the NC State University Department of Physics beginning in Summer or Fall 2021. This position is accorded professional rank with an initial appointment for three years and the opportunity of renewal and promotion to higher faculty rank.


The focus of the position is on creating and equipping modern, engaging, introductory physics laboratory courses for non-majors, based on pedagogical best-practices. This will include a commitment to improving the success of students from marginalized and under-represented groups, through both the application of research-based methods and cooperation with existing campus programs. The candidate will also regularly teach lab and/or lecture classes and supervise graduate teaching assistants in pedagogy, inclusive practices, and professionalism. Other roles and responsibilities will be shaped by the strengths and interests of the individual.


Inclusiveness and diversity are critical to the success of the College of Sciences and the University. The selected candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is supportive and welcoming of all groups.


Requirements for the position: Ph.D in Physics, Physics Education, or a related technical or scientific field, with teaching experience. 


Review of applications will begin on 4 January 2021 and continue until the position is filled.


Application Link: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/137858 

Contact Information:  Karen Daniels kdaniel@ncsu.edu (Search Committee Chair)


Monday, November 30, 2020

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - Undergraduate Physics Education at the University of Toronto

 https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Toronto-Assistant-Professor%2C-Teaching-Stream-Undergraduate-Physics-Education-ON/543229817/

Date Posted: 11/18/2020
Closing Date: 01/20/2021, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 970
Job Category: Faculty - Teaching Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Department of Physics
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)

 

Description:

 

The Department of Physics in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time teaching stream position in the area of Undergraduate Physics Education. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.

 

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Physics or a related field by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching.   We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement the existing strengths of the Department of Physics. Candidates must have teaching expertise in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate level, including preparation and delivery of lectures and undergraduate physics labs, curriculum development, and development of online material/lectures.  Additionally, candidates must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellent pedagogical practices and a demonstrated interest in teaching-related scholarly activities. 

 

Evidence of excellence in teaching and pedagogical inquiry can be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, awards and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including a strong teaching statement, sample syllabi and course materials, and teaching evaluations, as well as strong letters of reference from referees of high standing. 

 

Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.

 

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

For information about the Department of Physics, please visit us at https://www.physics.utoronto.ca/.

 

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below.

 

Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; and a complete teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample syllabi and course materials, and teaching evaluations. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1‐2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

 

Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference, including at least one primarily addressing the candidate’s teaching, sent directly by the referee via email (on letterhead, dated, and signed) to the Department of Physics Chair, Kimberly Strong, at jobs@physics.utoronto.ca, by the closing date.  PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University's automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters. 

 

Submission guidelines can be found at http://uoft.me/how-to-apply.  If you have questions about this position, please contact Mr. Chris McGugan at chairsec@physics.utoronto.ca.

 

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by the closing date of January 20, 2021.

 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Two-Year Postdoctoral Fellow in PER, University of Lund, Sweden

 https://lu.varbi.com/en/what:job/jobID:360903

Lunds universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, fysiska institutionen

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The Department of Physics is with a staff of about 350 scientists and educators one of the largest departments within Lund University. There are seven research divisions and a number of research centra within the department. The research activities at the department cover a broad spectrum of modern physics.
www.fysik.lu.se/english

Subject description
Physics Education Research (PER) focuses on educational aspects of teaching and learning in physics in general, including its many sub-disciplines. Rather than studies in the discipline of physics, PER studies the challenges entailed for pupils, students, and their teachers when learning, or teaching, physics. PER explores questions such as how knowledge can be formed and disseminated in more productive ways, the effects that social and cultural practices have on learning, and how these effects are conveyed. The research at Lund University Physics Education Research Group (LUPER) is associated with the Swedish National Resource Centre for Physics Education (NRCF) and focuses on physics education at university level (including physics teacher education and physics teacher professional development education) but does not exclude other levels in the educational system, from preschool to upper-secondary school. The research is thus linked to NRCF's mission regarding support for teaching physics at various levels within the Swedish educational system. The research in PER at Lund University focuses on studies of learning processes through the disciplinary communication between pupils/students and teachers which is mediated by all the ‘semiotic resources’ used in the disciplines—theoretically described by, for example, social semiotics. Of particular interest to this research is the use of programming, technical equipment, embodied experiences, as well as visualisations in 3D and 4D using AR, VR and planetarium (dome theatres), and how these can affect learning processes. Furthermore, studies of pupils'/students'/teachers' perceptions and understanding of space and time (space-time)—for large and small scales—are of particular interest.

Work duties
The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

The work duties can also include:

  • Research within the subject area (PER) linked to NRCF’s activities.
  • Supervision of degree projects.
  • Collaboration with schools, their teachers, and wider society.

Qualification requirements
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position (PER, physics with specialisation in PER), completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier. According to the regulations the applicant must have a PhD degree. This requirement is fulfilled if the applicant by the end of the application period have fulfilled all parts of a PhD even though the PhD certificate may not be attached to the application. However, should the applicant be offered the position, a certificate must be presented before the university can make the final decision about the employment.

Additional requirements:

  • High level of oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Publications in peer-reviewed international PER journals.
  • Experience in teaching at university and/or school level.

Assessment criteria and other qualifications
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers.

Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • Excellent ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills.

Additional assessment criteria:

  • Teacher education
  • Teaching experience (primary, secondary, or upper-secondary school level)
  • Knowledge in Swedish or other Scandinavian languages (Norwegian or Danish).

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

 Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English or a Scandinavian language (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) and be compiled into a PDF-file containing:

  • Personal letter
  • Résumé/CV, including a list of publications,
  • A general description of past research and future research interests (no more than three pages),
  • Contact information to at least two references, and,
  • Copy of the doctoral degree certificate, and other certificates/grades that you wish to be considered.
Type of employmentTemporary position longer than 6 months
Contract typeFull time
First day of employmentAs soon as possible, according to agreement
SalaryMonthly salary
Number of positions1
Working hours100%
CityLund
CountySkåne län
CountrySweden
Reference numberPA2020/3452
Contact
  • Urban Eriksson, Associate Professor, +46 73 0593962
  • Magdalena Brossing, HR coordinator, +46 46 222 95 62
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published08.Nov.2020
Last application date01.Dec.2020 11:59 PM CET

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

One-Semester VAP, Wesleyan University CT

 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Wesleyan University

 

Wesleyan University’s Department of Physics invites applications for a one-semester full-time Visiting Assistant Professor beginning February 1, 2021 for the four month spring term. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics. A background in physics education research or experience with innovative teaching methods will be particularly welcome. The successful candidate will teach two sections of non-calculus introductory physics and supervise graduate teaching assistants in four associated laboratory sections. Substantial pedagogic and mentoring resources will be available. Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college that values both scholarship and teaching very highly, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers competitive salaries and benefits.

 

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics.

 

You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are a (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae containing a summary of teaching experience, and (3) a brief statement of teaching interests. In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college’s commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or under-served groups. You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation.

 

Applications completed by November 25, 2020 will receive full consideration.

 

Please contact Dana Gordon-Gannuscio at dgordongannu@wesleyan.edu email if you have questions about the application process. Visa sponsorship is not normally available.

 

Quick Link: http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/7527