Friday, September 30, 2016

Astro TT, Oberlin College OH

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Announcement Information
Job Summary
The Physics & Astronomy Department at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in Astrophysics. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years, beginning Fall 2017, and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor.

Oberlin College is the undergraduate origin of more Ph.D.s than any other U.S. liberal arts college. The Department of Physics & Astronomy has seven tenured or tenure track faculty and graduates an average of 14 majors per year. Each faculty member teaches at all levels of the curriculum and is active in original research in fields such as radio astronomy; computational general relativity; infrared spectroscopy; magnetic materials; energy use in buildings; atomic and molecular physics, nonlinear optics; relativity for non-scientists, and theoretical physics. The department is housed within the Wright Laboratory as part of the Oberlin Science Center and co-administers a local supercomputer with 200 TB storage and 720 compute cores. Support staff includes an electronics specialist, a machinist, and a computing specialist. Additional information about the department can be found on the departmental web site at

In addition to teaching courses in both physics and astronomy (4.5 courses per year), the incumbent will establish an active research program involving students; laboratory space and start-up funds will be provided. The incumbent will also participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising and service on committees.

Ph.D. degree in astrophysics, physics, astronomy or related fields (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2017-18). Candidates must demonstrate potential for excellent undergraduate teaching and mentored research. Postdoctoral research experience is desirable as is teaching experience at undergraduate level, especially working with, teaching, or mentoring diverse groups of students. We actively seek candidates who will foster diversity within the discipline, curriculum, and College community.

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Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at A complete application will consist of: 1) a Cover Letter; 2) Curriculum Vitae; 3) Unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts; 4) Statement of research plans involving undergraduate students; 5) Statement of teaching philosophy, including mention of how the applicant will foster diversity, and 6) Letters of Reference from three (3) recommenders*. All application materials must be submitted electronically through Oberlin College and Conservatory’s online application process at:
*By providing three (3) Professional References (names and email addresses), you agree that we may contact them through our applicant web portal. Reference writers will be asked to submit an electronic Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant. Please note: At this time we are unable to accept Letters of Recommendation from an Interfolio email address.
Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the December 15 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.
Questions about the position can be addressed to Stephen FitzGerald, Chair of the Oberlin Physics & Astronomy Department,

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae
List of References
Unofficial Transcripts
Research Statement
Teaching Philosophy