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University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire 
Physics and Astronomy Department 

The Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire invites applications for two probationary tenure-track faculty positions in physics at the Assistant Professor level. The positions will start August 24, 2015. 

A PhD in physics or a closely related field (astrophysics, materials science, electrical engineering, etc.) is required. A strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and the ability to establish a research program involving undergraduates is required. The ability to bring diverse cultural and ethnic experiences and perspectives to the campus and to serve as a role model and mentor for women and/or minorities may be considered an asset. 

We also seek candidates who value liberal education and want to join us as we develop and implement an innovative outcomes-based Liberal Education Core program in fall 2016. 

Instructional responsibilities typically include one lower division course (with labs) and one upper division course each semester. Faculty are expected to establish and maintain research programs involving undergraduate students. Advising responsibilities include advising students in our programs. Faculty members are expected to provide service through committee work and outreach activities. 


The Department of Physics and Astronomy is composed of 13 faculty, a program assistant, and an instrumentation specialist. The department graduates 20-25 majors per year. The department strives to provide quality undergraduate education to students with a variety of educational goals. Areas of active research in the department include materials science, surface science, atomic physics, computational physics, and astronomy. The departmental research equipment includes a 24-inch reflecting telescope with CCD camera, a large optics table, a high speed digital camera, a variety of high vacuum sputtering equipment, and wood and metal shops. The department is strongly linked to the interdisciplinary Materials Science Center with a large array of materials characterization instrumentation, including a Raman spectrometer, tensile tester, nanoindenter, 200 keV TEM, SEM, AFM, XPS, XRF, FTIR, XRD, STM, SAN, HR-ICPMS and MBE chamber. The department also has access to a high performance supercomputer cluster with 2 GPU nodes, 1 head node, and 8 computing nodes. 

UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1,400 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation. 

The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The area features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools, a vibrant arts scene and local food culture, and abundant recreational opportunities. 

You must apply online at Click the UW-Eau Claire Careers link: Physics and Astronomy: Assistant Professor (2 tenure track positions). Instructions are available under the Apply Online FAQs link. You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login." Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed. Be sure to include only the following in PDF format (preferably in a single pdf format file):
  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of teaching interests and experience
  • Statement of research plans including involvement of undergraduate students
  • Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application but official copies will be required before the position is offered).
  • Applicants will also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly from the recommender to
If you have application questions, contact: 
Dr. Lyle Ford, Chair | 715-836-5046 

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by the priority date of December 15, 2014. However, screening may continue until the position is filled. A criminal background check will be required prior to employment. 

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