Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tenure track PER position at NC State

What: Faculty Position


This email was forwarded to me (position details below):

From: Robert Beichner
Date: August 29, 2007 11:34:54 AM EDT
Subject: PER Position at NC State

Hi all,

I thought there might be some interest in this advertisement. We are definitely looking for a PER person to take a leadership position within our group. We've got beautiful new facilities (3 observation rooms with one way glass, etc.) and a growing, collaborative effort in other discipline-based education research fields (chemistry, geosciences, statistics, engineering, and more in the future.) Let me (or Ruth, or Bruce, or John) know if you have any questions.


Robert J. Beichner, Ph.D.
Co-Director, NCSU STEM Education Initiative
Alumni Distinguished Professor of Physics
Physics Education Research & Development Group
Physical Review Special Topics: Physics Education Research, Editor
Astrophysics/ Biological Physics/ Nanoscale Science/Physics Education

The Department of Physics at NC State University has hired six new faculty members over the last four years and continues to seek highly qualified applicants in all areas for tenure-track and tenured positions. Candidates in astrophysics, biological physics, nanoscale science, and in physics education are especially encouraged to apply at this time. Successful applicants will have strong commitments to excellence in teaching and will be expected to establish a vigorous research program. The Department has vibrant programs in astrophysics; biological physics; computational physics; nanoscale science; polymer, surface and materials physics; nuclear physics; and physics education research. We plan to hire primarily at the assistant professor level, but will also consider particularly qualified senior applicants.

Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. degree in physics or a physics-related area. To receive full consideration, applications for the Fall 2008 academic year should be received by November 30, 2007. Review of applications will begin immediately, but no final decision will be made prior to November 30, 2007.

To apply, please visit and designate position number 07-52-0712. You will be required to send a curriculum vitae, a brief summary of research and teaching goals, and a list of at leastthree references.

The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences welcomes the opportunity to work with candidates
to identify suitable employment opportunities foe spouses or partners.

AA/EOE. In addition, NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation.

Instructor for University Perparatory Program in Saudi Arabia

Teach in Saudi Arabia! Job start date has passed but position seems to be open still. click title for link.

Interim Instructor of Physics and Physical Science

A full time lecturer/lecturer position. Applications accepted until position filled. Click blog title to see job posting.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Michigan State Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Physics

Michigan State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant
professor of physics beginning fall 2008 with a joint appointment in the
Lyman Briggs College (LBC) (75%) and either the Department of Physics and
Astronomy in the College of Natural Science
(PHY) or the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) (25%).

Candidates must have a PhD in physics or astronomy. Preference will be
given to applicants with postdoctoral teaching and research experience, and
especially to those who are passionate about working with undergraduates.
Duties include teaching a calculus-based physics for science majors in the
LBC Physics Program, teaching one course (typically at the upper
undergraduate or graduate level) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy
if jointly appointed there, and maintaining an active research program.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

The joint appointment with the Department of Physics and Astronomy
( or the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory
( will add to MSU's investment in increasing cross- college
collaboration. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is
looking for candidates who will conduct a vigorous research program.
Research in all areas of physics and astronomy will be considered; current
research areas in the department include acoustics, astronomy and
astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, high energy physics,
nuclear physics, and physics education.
Successful candidates will have
experience with or demonstrate potential for securing outside funding. The
NSCL is looking for candidates who will play a leadership role in nuclear
science research, and contribute to NSCL's educational programs.

A complete application package consists of a cover letter, curriculum vitae,
teaching statement and portfolio, statement of research interests, writing
sample, and three letters of recommendation (sent under separate cover).
Complete applications should be received by December 1, 2007; later
applications may be considered. This material should be sent to: Physics
Search Committee; Lyman Briggs College; 28 East Holmes Hall; Michigan State
University; East Lansing, MI 48825-1107. For further information, contact
Ms. Kathie Ellis at (517) 353-6486 or

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed
to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively
encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color,
veterans and persons with disabilities.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Physics Instructor at Alamo Community College

Tenure track faculty position Starting Spring 2008. Closing Date Oct 12, 2007.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

1 year Instructor position, Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania

One-year temporary instructor/assistant professor of physics position starting August, 2007

Monday, August 13, 2007

Science Ed Program Coordinator at Chico

Where: California State University, Chico
What: Science Education Program Coordinator within the College of Natural Sciences
Details: The Position: Demonstrating its commitment to sustaining and expanding its role in science education, the College has recently hired three new science education faculty and now seeks a person with a strong background in both science education and one of the sciences to facilitate the creation of a new science education unit and to lead that unit. Appointment will be in one of the academic units within the College at the Associate or Full Professor level beginning in Fall 2008. Teaching is required and load may vary based on administrative responsibilities.

As a university that educates students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we value a diverse faculty and staff. CSU, Chico welcomes applicants who are knowledgeable about and interested in working within a crosscultural learning environment.

Minimum Qualifications:
Doctorate in a specific science or in science education, with a strong background in both science education and a science discipline.
Demonstrated passion for K-12 science education.
Evidence of quality teaching.
Experience working with preservice and inservice teachers.
Evidence of administrative experience.
Proven record of excellence in research, writing, pursuing external funding, or other scholarly activities in science education.

Representative Responsibilities:
Lead the College in establishing and administering a new science education unit, including the hiring of additional faculty.
Obtain significant grant support for science education programs.
Coordinate and enhance research in science education.
Oversee the single subject matter preparation programs.
Collaborate with science education outreach activities of the college.
Teach in area of expertise.
Responsibilities do NOT include supervision of student teachers.

Salary: $55,942 - $77,648 (Associate Professor)/$70,685 - $85,302 (Professor) per academic year, based on qualifications and experience.

The College: The College of Natural Sciences consists of strong departments in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Nutrition and Food Science, Physics, and a School of Nursing. The College is undertaking a major effort to improve its programs in science education. Our new Science Education Program Coordinator will lead us in developing new programs and enhancing existing programs for future teachers at both the elementary and secondary levels and in nurturing our Master’s in Science Teaching program. We currently have strong programs in outreach for practicing teachers including the California Science Project-Inland Northern California and other activities coordinated through our Center for Mathematics and Science Education. Our Hands-On Learning Laboratory for teacher preparation and professional development is used by over 70 preservice teachers, 40 classroom teachers and 1500 elementary students per semester. Many opportunities exist for collaboration between faculty in the various departments within the College, as well as with our colleagues in other colleges.

Closing Date: Review will begin October 15, 2007.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit an Application for Academic Employment form (found at ), a letter of application addressing qualifications, a one-page statement of your vision of science education, curriculum vita, complete academic transcripts (unofficial copy acceptable), and three current letters of reference to:

Dr. Margaret Owens, Associate Dean
Attention: Science Education Coordinator Search
College of Natural Sciences
CSU, Chico
Chico CA 95929-0555

Phone: 530-898-6121

For more information about the University, the College, our academic departments, and the
Center for Mathematics and Science Education please visit our website at:

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Postdoc at Georgetown

Where: Georgetown

What: Postdoc

Details: I have just heard that it is likely Georgetown will have funds for a two-year postdoc in Physics Education Research starting this fall (Fall 2007). This position has not been officially announced yet

Contact: Jim Freericks


Postdoc at University of Colorado

Where: University of Colorado

What: Postdoc

Details: Postdoctoral research position—mathematics education evaluation & research

Ethnography & Evaluation Research (E&ER) at the University of Colorado at Boulder invites applications for a position as postdoctoral researcher in mathematics education assessment and evaluation. The researcher will contribute to the design, implementation, and dissemination of results for a multi-year evaluation for a national reform initiative in undergraduate mathematics education by five prominent universities. The researcher may also join other ongoing or new projects in evaluation and research of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and career development.

Desired qualifications: BA/BS or advanced degree in mathematics, math education, or a closely related field, with graduate degree (Ph.D. preferred) in math, math education/assessment, or STEM education research. ‘ABD’ doctoral candidates within one year of degree completion or others with 3-5 years research experience in math education may be considered.

Desired skills: Design and analysis of survey and assessment instruments, statistical analysis, web programming, quantitative and qualitative software, use of scholarly literature, strong oral and written communication, independent and collaborative work. Math teaching experience, familiarity with the research base in math education and assessment, and/or other skills that complement E&ER's existing strengths in qualitative research and science education, will be a plus.

The position is expected to be funded starting September 1, 2007, in Boulder, CO, as a one-year, renewable position, pending final notification of grant funding. The position will be in the research faculty track at the University of Colorado at Boulder, as a research associate for a Ph.D.-qualified candidate (otherwise as a professional research assistant). E&ER is a nationally known research and evaluation unit that specializes in studies of science, math, and engineering education. The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer.

Submit curriculum vitae, cover letter, writing sample (2-5 pages), and a list of three references to: Sandra Laursen, Ph.D., (email preferred, as Word or PDF files), or 580 UCB, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 80309-0580. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will end when the position is filled.


Tenure Track Faculty Position at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Where: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

What: Tenure Track Faculty Position

Details: The department of physics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) expects to have a tenure track position in Physics Education Research opening soon to begin in August 2008. Please see the department's web site for details:

SIUE is and Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. SIUE is a state university -- benefeits under state sponsored plans may not be available to holders of F1 or J1 visas



Postdoc at Michigan State University

Where: Michigan State University

What: Postdoc

Details: The postdoc would be in physics education research, with a particular focus on the use of technology in undergraduate education. It would be located in the Lyman-Briggs College at Michigan State University,

in connection with the Division of Science and Math Education,

Our group is maintaining the LON-CAPA system,

Position is for one year, second year renewable. This position will allow for the opportunity for research in both the lecture and laboratory sections. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate physics education, experience in physics education research experimental design and theory, and a doctoral degree in physics or physics education. Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate level is desirable.

Applications to and with the subject line of R_S_Phy_Ed