Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Physics Lecturer at Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University invites applications for a lecturer position in
physics at the junior or senior level to begin in the fall semester of
2010. Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in physics and have
experience teaching introductory physics. The initial appointment will
be for two years, with future appointments renewable at the end of each
appointment term.

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching lower level
physics courses and laboratories for science and non science majors.
Responsibilities will also include undergraduate advising and developing
and teaching a first year seminar course. Interests in one or more of
the following would strengthen a candidate’s application: an interest in
teaching introductory astronomy, familiarity with new teaching methods
and technologies, and interest in grant writing for educational purposes.

Wake Forest University is a highly ranked, private university with about
4500 undergraduates, 750 graduate students, and 1700 students in the
professional schools of medicine, law, divinity and business.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a CV including details of all
teaching experience, a one page statement of their teaching philosophy,
and the names of three references to the Physics Lecturer Search
Committee, Department of Physics, P.O. Box 7507, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC 27109 7507. Application materials can also be sent electronically in the form of a single PDF document to .
Review of applications will begin January 5, 2010 and will continue
until the position is filled. Further information is available at Wake Forest University is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer.

APS Congressional Science Fellowship 2010-2011

The American Physical Society is currently accepting applications for the Congressional Science Fellowship Program. Fellows serve one year on the staff of a senator, representative or congressional committee. They are afforded an opportunity to learn the legislative process and explore science policy issues from the lawmakers' perspective. In turn, Fellows have the opportunity to lend scientific and technical expertise to public policy issues.

Qualifications include a PhD or equivalent in physics or a closely related field, a strong interest in science and technology policy and, ideally, some experience in applying scientific knowledge toward the solution of societal problems. Fellows are required to be U.S. citizens and members of the APS.

Term of Appointment is one year, beginning in September of 2010 with participation in a two week orientation sponsored by AAAS. Fellows have considerable choice in congressional assignments.

A stipend is offered in addition to allowances for relocation, in-service travel, and health insurance premiums.

Application should consist of a letter of intent of no more than 2-pages, a 2-page resume: with one additional page for publications, and three letters of reference. Please see the APS website ( for detailed information on materials required for applying and other information on the program.

All application materials must be submitted online by January 15, 2010.

Faculty Residential Research Fellowship


Call for Applications: 2010-2011. Deadline: December 15, 2009
The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University invites applications for residential fellowships for the academic year 2010-2011 from tenured and tenure-track faculty (or the equivalent), and postdoctoral scholars, from the U.S. and international universities.

Applications for one, two or three quarters will be considered. Fellows must remain on faculty and be in residence at the Clayman Institute for the duration of their fellowship. Fellowships will be non-stipendiary in 2010-2011, except for the postdoctoral appointment where stipend and benefits will be set and adjusted in accordance with Stanford University rules.

Fellows are provided with faculty-equivalent privileges for using Stanford's library and other facilities, an office at the Institute, and the collegiality of a diverse community of gender scholars from across the spectrum of academic disciplines and ranks.

Thematic Focus: "Reinvigorating the Revolution: Advancing Gender Equality in the Twenty-first Century"

Projects are supported in all disciplines including the humanities, social sciences, science and engineering, business, law, and medicine, among others, so long as they focus centrally on gender. Possible sub-topics include (but are not limited to):
-The gender division of household labor
-Families and women's careers: the 2nd shift, opting out, on-ramping, and flexible schedules
-Representations of women in culture and history
-Gender stereotyping and bias in the workplace
-Gendered meanings and practices at work and home
-Women's experiences in male-dominated fields, such as science and engineering
-Gendered innovations in knowledge: Bringing gender analysis into the practice of science
-Gender and culture in history or literature
-Advancing women's progress in the professions of business, medicine, and law
-Historical and cross-national comparisons of women's educational and occupational progress
-Effects of legal mandates (such a Title IX and FMLA) on women's careers
-National policies, organizational polices, and work-family balance: what works?
-Men's involvement in gender equality movements
-Gender, leadership, and entrepreneurship

How to Apply: Applications are to be received in our office by 5:00pm (PST) on Tuesday, December 15, 2009. Instructions and detailed information are available at under “Fellowships.”

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Two TT at Penn State Altoona

The Pennsylvania State University, the Altoona College invites applications for two tenure-track positions in Physics beginning Fall 2010.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related discipline, a strong interest in undergraduate instruction, and a demonstrated ability to develop a thriving research program. Preference will be given to candidates who can involve undergraduate students in research projects throughout the year. Teaching responsibilities include introductory physics courses for science, engineering, and non-science majors, as well as upper division lecture/laboratory courses. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to perform professional, university, and community service.

The position requires an earned doctorate and is a tenure-track appointment at the level of assistant professor or a rank commensurate with qualifications. Applicants should present a record of evidence and potential effectiveness in teaching, research, and service. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate education, research, student recruitment and retention, and curricular development and assessment. Penn State Altoona offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package.

Applicants should send a letter of application establishing their qualifications; a current vita; a description of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness; a statement of research interests; transcripts (official transcripts required at the time of an interview); and three letters of reference. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications and accompanying materials electronically to in PDF or Word formats. Review of applications will begin the week of December 1, 2009, and continue until the position is filled. Non-electronic inquiries, applications, and additional materials should be sent to: Chair Search Committee for Physics, Penn State Altoona, Box B-30474, 3000 Ivyside Park, Altoona, PA 16601-3760. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

Lecturer or TT at Christopher Newport Univ.

The Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering at Christopher Newport University has an opening for a position at the Assistant Professor or Lecturer rank in Physics available for Fall 2010. For the tenure-track appointment, the University is seeking teacher scholars who are committed to undergraduate education, who want to engage students in creative intellectual challenges, and who will be active in research and service to the University and community. Our exemplary permanent faculty integrate high-quality teaching and significant research involving undergraduates and support the further development of our graduate program. Lecturers in the department are dedicated, effective instructors who demand quality work from students and contribute important service roles.

To be considered for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track), the successful candidate must demonstrate an active, vibrant, and ongoing research program; possess effective oral and written communication skills; and hold a Ph.D. in Physics by August 1, 2010. For an appointment at the rank of Lecturer (a renewable appointment), the successful candidate will be expected to hold at least a Master’s degree in Physics or Engineering by August 1, 2010, and be able to teach physics lecture and laboratory courses. There may be opportunities to teach computer science and engineering classes as well. Salary is competitive for the two ranks. The appointment decision (tenure track or lecturer) will rest in part upon the University’s budget plans taking shape.

Applicants should submit a letter of application (specifying the rank or ranks for which they wish to be considered); describing academic preparation, teaching experience if any, and area(s) of research interest; vita; statement of teaching philosophy; and three letters of reference to:

Director of Equal Opportunity and Faculty Recruitment
Physics (Assistant Professor or Lecturer) Faculty Search
Search #8272
Christopher Newport University
1 University Place
Newport News, VA 23606-2998

Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2009. Applications received after December 15, 2009, will be accepted but considered only if needed. Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully committed to Access and Opportunity.

TT at Houghton College

Full time, tenure track. Beginning the fall semester of 2010. Join a vibrant department that actively involves students in collaborative research projects that provide practical applications of topics from coursework.

Responsibilities: Teaching a range of introductory and upper-level physics courses, conducting research with students, advising students, and assisting in curriculum development. The successful candidate must possess outstanding creative, interpersonal and leadership skills, provide evidence of teaching excellence in all levels of undergraduate physics, including labs and courses for non-majors, and have a strong commitment to evangelical Christian faith.

Requirements: Ph.D. in physics is required at time of hire. Preference will be given to those applicants who can actively involve students in research. Background areas, such as optics or biophysics, which complement those already represented in the department, and which would provide opportunities for internal and external research collaborations, are especially welcome. Academic rank determined based on previous teaching experience.

For questions specific to this position, contact Dr. Mark Yuly;; 585-567-9282 (direct) or 585-567-9280 (Department Administrative Assistant).

Applications: See

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

VAP at George Washington University

Science Education: George Washington University. The University Honors Program is seeking to fill an open rank, non-tenure-accruing appointment for a three-year contractual period, beginning fall 2010. The position may be renewed subject to performance. The desirable field of specialization is science education with particular expertise in physics education research. Basic qualifications: applicants must have completed the Ph.D. in Physics by 1 August 2010, have excellent teaching skills as demonstrated by teaching assessments and references, and have a desire to teach at the undergraduate level. Preferred qualifications: experience in the applicability of physics education research to science education more generally is highly desirable as in interest in interdisciplinary science education. The successful candidate will teach six courses per year for the University Honors Program and may expect to play a leadership role in developing and assessing the science curriculum. Application Procedure: only complete applications will be considered. To be considered, send letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, a brief statement of teaching objectives and methods, along with summaries of teaching evaluations and/or classroom observations, samples of scholarly publications, and official academic transcripts to: University Honors Program Science Education Search, 714 21st Street, NW, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 20052. Review of applications will begin after 30 December 2009 and will continue until the position is filled. The George Washington University seeks to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber. The George Washington University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

Monday, November 16, 2009

STEM Specialist at University of Wisconsin Extension

Working Title: 4-H STEM Specialist (100%)

Official Title: Faculty (rank to be determined)

Geographic Areas Served: Statewide

Office Location: Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St., Madison, WI 53703

Type of Appointment:

This is a probationary tenure-track faculty appointment within the University of Wisconsin-Extension Department of Youth Development. During the probationary period, faculty members may receive renewed probationary appointments. At the end of the period, faculty members may be promoted to the ranks of tenured faculty. Standards of excellence and scholarship are expected to be met throughout a faculty member's career.

Purpose and Primary Focus of Position:

As a faculty member of University of Wisconsin-Extension, the 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Specialist is responsible for leading a statewide initiative to increase Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development's capacity to meet youth development educational needs related to STEM. Backed by University research, the Specialist incorporates pertinent findings from the social, human and behavioral sciences and the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines as a basis for educational programs to support the positive development of youth. The Specialist works closely with county Extension faculty and staff and 4-H volunteers in planning, implementing and evaluating local and state educational programs to increase STEM-related competence in Wisconsin youth. Information about current programming is available on the Wisconsin 4-H SET website. ( )

For more information about the position, see

Thursday, November 12, 2009

TT at Colgate Univ.

The Colgate University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for an interdisciplinary tenure track position in the field of biophysics to begin in fall 2010.

A Ph.D. in biophysics, or in a related area with biophysics experience, is required, and post-doctoral experience is an advantage. We seek a person with a strong commitment to undergraduate education who can establish a vibrant program of biophysics research that actively involves undergraduates. Preference will be given to candidates who are willing and able to initiate and foster interdisciplinary collaborations between physics and biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience. Academic responsibilities include teaching courses in physics, biophysics, and Colgate's Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. Additional teaching responsibilities may include courses in biology, biochemistry, or neuroscience depending on the candidate's expertise. Colgate is a highly selective liberal arts university of 2800 students situated in a picturesque village in central New York. The physics and astronomy department has nine faculty members housed in the new Ho Science Center, which is configured to facilitate interdisciplinary teaching and research. The university maintains well-equipped research laboratories in the areas of physics, biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience. Appropriate research startup funds are available.

Candidates should send a curriculum vita plus a letter describing teaching and research objectives and, in particular, the suitability of proposed research for undergraduate involvement. The CV should include a publication list and the names of three individuals who have been asked by the candidate to send letters of recommendation that address the candidate's potential for teaching and for developing an independent research program. All materials should be sent to Thomas Balonek, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346, email . Formal applications and letters of recommendation may be submitted by email (as pdf attachments) or regular mail. Email inquiries are welcome. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2009, and will be continue until the position is filled. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty, student body, and staff further the University's educational mission. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Adjunct Positions at Elon University


The Department of Physics at Elon University seeks applicants for two Adjunct Professor positions for Spring 2010 (February 1 to May 18). The first position is for one section of “Conceptual Physics” to be taught on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:40 PM to 3:20 PM. The second position is for one section of “Introduction to Astronomy” on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:35 PM to 5:15 PM. We will also consider applicants interested in teaching both sections.

An M.S. or Ph.D. in Physics, Engineering, Astronomy, or a related field is required for consideration.

Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution with a strong liberal arts core that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in teaching and learning. To learn more about Elon University’s Department of Physics, please visit our website at

Completed applications must be received by December 1, 2009 to be assured of consideration. Review will continue until the position is filled. Send letter of application and curriculum vitae by email to Dr. Anthony Crider at

Elon University is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Candidates from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Friday, November 6, 2009

TT at Siena College

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Siena College invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position starting Fall, 2010.

A PhD in physics or a closely related field is required, and postdoctoral and teaching experience are desirable. The successful candidate will be expected to teach enthusiastically and effectively in introductory and non-majors' courses, as well as in courses for physics majors. He or she will also be expected to develop an active research program involving undergraduate students. A facility for obtaining external funding is considered desirable. The ability to teach courses in Solid State or Nano physics is a plus. The department consists of seven full-time faculty, and currently there are active research programs in astronomy, atomic physics, biophysics, computational physics, elementary particle physics and space physics.

Interested candidates should submit a pdf document including cover letter, statements expressing thoughts on teaching and research, a complete curriculum vita, and the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three references. At least one of the references should be able to address the candidate's teaching ability. Send applications to Dr. Mark Rosenberry, Siena College, 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY 12211, (

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but they should be received by December 31, 2009 to guarantee full consideration. Siena College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

TT at Univ. of Hawaii at Hilo

University of Hawaii at Hilo, College of Arts & Sciences, nine-month, tenure-track appointment to begin approximately August 2010, pending position clearance and funding.

Duties: Teach undergraduate courses in physics, develop and maintain new upper-division labs in electronics, instrumentation and/or modern physics; develop an independent experimental research program in an area of expertise that is supported by extramural funding, preferably in cooperation with existing facilities on the Island of Hawaii: Mauna Loa Observatory (atmospheric research), Ashra observatory (cosmic ray research), or our instructional telescope; advise students; participate in departmental governance and related University and community service.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in experimental physics or a closely related discipline. Teaching experience in physics, research experience in area of expertise, and demonstrated ability to work with students.

Desirable Qualifications: Demonstrated success in teaching undergraduate physics courses; demonstrated record of student advising and training; expertise in atmospheric physics, cosmic ray physics, or telescope instrumentation; success in obtaining research funds; ability to teach lower-division engineering courses; experience in working with students from varied cultural backgrounds.

Applications: Submit a cover letter indicating the position title and position number and how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, a curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, and statements of research and teaching interests. In addition, have 3 letters of recommendation mailed directly by the referees. Submit to: Prof. William Heacox, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Hawaii at Hilo, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720. Electronic submissions to are preferable. (Please refer to position #83815 when making inquiries.) Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Open-Rank Professor in Science Education at UMass/Boston

Open-Rank Professor in Science Education
Job Description:
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of
Massachusetts/Boston is seeking a professor in Science Education. This
open-rank position will begin in the Fall of 2010. The position will
be based in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The faculty
member will also be a core faculty fellow of the Center of Science and
Math in Context (COSMIC), which is a research center operated jointly
by the Graduate College of Education and the College of Science and
Mathematics. UMass/Boston is an urban institution with opportunities
for collaboration within the university and across a network of
schools and community settings serving diverse populations. We seek
candidates who share our commitment to providing high quality,
culturally responsive science education for all students, especially
those in urban settings. We also seek candidates who have substantial
K-12 classroom/school based experience in urban schools, with a
significant portion at the elementary level. This science educator
will be expected to fulfill the following responsibilities:
• develop and teach graduate and undergraduate science content and
teacher education courses particularly at the elementary level;
• advise students in the undergraduate and graduate education programs;
• conduct research in the field of science education;
• participate in K-12 science education and outreach initiatives with
urban partner schools;
• develop grant proposals for externally funded research and outreach
activities; and
• supervise pre-practicum and practicum experiences
Substantial K-12 classroom/school-based experience in urban schools is
expected. Higher education experience in urban public institutions is
desirable. Candidates with bilingual expertise and/or
interdisciplinary ethnic studies training with relevance for
elementary school contexts are especially encouraged to apply.
Ed.D/Ph.D in discipline or field related to science education; an
advanced degree in science (masters or higher); demonstrated knowledge
and skills in differentiated science instruction; some published
scholarship or a demonstrated potential to conduct research in science
learning and teaching; and demonstrated expertise in science
instruction at the elementary level, including use of technology.
Candidates with training in earth or life sciences, and/or with
experiences integrating math and science instruction are particularly
encouraged to apply.
Additional qualifications for associate or full professor include:
university teaching of undergraduate and graduate students,
supervision of student teachers, publications commensurate with
tenured rank, participation in positions of leadership in national
professional organizations, collaboration with public school partners
and procurement of external research funding.

Additional Information:
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is home to three
programs: Teacher Education (including Early Education and Care in
Inclusive Settings, Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Secondary,
and Special Education), Critical and Creative Thinking, and
Instructional Design. The Department values educating leaders,
community engagement, academic excellence, and social justice. Its
faculty are committed urban practitioners who seek to facilitate
educational opportunities that promote professional excellence,
highlight culture and worldview as shaping everyday meanings, and
underscore the importance of 21st century skills. The University of
Massachusetts Boston is a dynamic, urban institution with a strong
commitment to public service. The University was established in 1964
to provide the opportunity for superior education at moderate cost to
the people of greater Boston.

Application Instructions:
Please submit online a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three
letters of recommendation.
UMass Boston is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Title IX
employer. As part of the University's commitment to the city of Boston
and to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Graduate College of
Education is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and
strongly encourages applications from women, persons of color,
individuals with disabilities and covered veterans.

TT at Lawrence Technological Univ.

The Department of Natural Sciences at Lawrence Technological University invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor in physics for academic year 2010-2011.

Applicants should have a PhD in physics. Exceptional candidates in any area and at any level are encouraged to apply, although experimental Optics and Lasers, high energy physics, atomic physics, and biologically oriented physics are of particular interest. Increased emphasis on life sciences, cross-collaboration with biomedical engineering faculty and prior teaching experience are a plus. The successful candidate will teach all levels of undergraduate physics and will excel in teaching and scholarship.

Candidates should mail, as a single PDF file, (1) curriculum vitae, (2) statement of interest and experience in teaching, and (3) description of research. In addition, arrange for three letters of recommendation, all PDF format, to Anthony Sky ( No snail-mail please. Application deadline: Dec. 19, 2009. Salary will be competitive. Lawrence Technological University is an EOE.

TT at Texas A&M - Commerce

Position Description: The Assistant/Associate/Full professor is a nine-month full time faculty member with various responsibilities including regularly teaching integrated science lectures and laboratories for pre-service and in-service science teachers and occasionally physics and/or astronomy courses, initiating and sustaining externally funded research involving students, and service at all levels. While the preference is to hire at the Assistant Professor level, exceptionally qualified candidates will be considered for appointment at a senior level.

Required Qualifications and Experience: (1) An earned PhD in science education, physics, astronomy or related fields. (2) Ability to teach upper level integrated science courses for in-service and pre-service K-12 science teachers. (3) Strong records and potential in obtaining external funding for research in science education, or physics and/or astronomy are required for appointment at a senior level.

Preferred (desired) Qualifications: (1) Successful postdoctoral research experience with a strong publication record in reputable journals. (2) Successful experience of working with K-12 science teachers. (3) Interest and experience in recruiting and advising students interested in becoming science teachers. (4) Potential to contribute to curriculum development. (5) Excellent verbal and written communication skills. (6) Demonstrated ability or strong potential to achieve excellence in teaching, research and service.

Application Requirements: A faculty application form (downloadable at, a letter of application addressing qualification for the position, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, vita/resume, three letters of recommendation sent directly from the references, a copy of transcripts for all degrees (official transcripts must be available before campus visit) should be sent to: Dr. Bao-An Li (, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas A&M University - Commerce, PO Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429-3011.

TT at College of the Bahamas

The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment and the ability to teach undergraduate Physics. Experience with Astronomy courses for non-science majors would be an asset. A Ph.D. in Physics is required. Candidates with research specialties in the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: atmospheric and environmental physics, condensed matter physics, computational physics, astrophysics, physics education and alternative sources of energy.

Other duties and responsibilities include: Student advisement; Curricular development / review & evaluation; providing service to the College/University of The Bahamas and the wider Bahamian community; and a commitment to research. In all cases, preference will be given to candidates with strong academic backgrounds, teaching and research experience.

Minimum Qualifications: A doctoral degree with teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Interested applicants should send a completed College of The Bahamas Application for Employment Form ( along with a letter of interest (highlighting work experience and accomplishments relevant to the position), an up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume, proof of teaching excellence, teaching philosophy statement, unofficial transcripts (official transcripts needed for employment) and at least three professional references to the Associate Vice President, Human Resources, The College of The Bahamas, P.O. Box N-4912, Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas or via email at