Tuesday, March 30, 2010

TT at Johnson C Smith University

This nine month (August-May), tenure track appointment begins in January 2011 (Half year appointment in the first year).

Responsibilities: The faculty member will be responsible for teaching undergraduate courses including general physics, mechanics, and electrodynamics and nonmajors science courses, supervising undergraduate research, and mentoring students. Faculty members are also expected to develop a research program and obtain external funding through grant writing. Other responsibilities include advising majors and senior projects, serving on University and departmental committees and performing community service. In addition, faculty members perform other duties as required in support of organizational goals.

Qualifications: An earned doctorate in physics with the ability to teach with technology, familiarity with instructional methods promoting student engagement and evidence of scholarly research and outstanding teaching ability are required. Qualifications to teach college chemistry are desirable as well, but not essential. Research projects and curriculum development related to cybersecurity, forensic science, biotechnology, bioinformatics, or energy technology will align with the vision of the College of STEM at JCSU.

Apply by sending via e-mail (physicssearch@jcsu.edu)as separate files: (1))letter of application, (2) current curriculum vita, (3) statement of teaching philosophy and plans, (4) statement of research plans. Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended (official transcripts will be required of all finalists) and three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidates teaching and research ability should also be sent either by postal mail, e-mail or fax to:
Dr. Tim Champion, Chair
Natural Sciences and Mathematics Department
Johnson C. Smith University
100 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216
(704) 378-1155;
Email to physicssearch@jcsu.edu or fax to (704) 378-1213

Monday, March 29, 2010

TT at Clackamas Community College

Clackamas Community College will be hiring a full-time tenure track Physics Instructor. The application process starts online at Human Resources.

Please email James Dickinson if you have any questions.

James Dickinson
Astronomy Instructor
Clackamas Community College
VM 503-594-3350
FAX 503-650-6657

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Adjunct at Gardner-Webb University

Gardner-Webb is in need of an adjunct physics professor every semester to teach an option of General Physics (for majors), Astronomy, or a course we call How Things Work. I can pretty much guarantee a class or two every semester and the day and time of the section is very flexible.

Don H. Olive, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics and
Director of the Williams Observatory
Gardner-Webb University
P.O. Box 7324
Boiling Springs, NC 28152 USA
+1.704.406.3804 (voice) .3917 (fax)

Director, Nature Lab at RISD

Title: Director, Nature Laboratory
Posting Type: Internal/External
Position Type: Administrative/Professional
Hiring Department: NATURE LAB
Position Summary: Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI seeks a science educator with experience in visual studies and a broad scope of curiosity about the natural world and its sustainability, to manage and develop the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab. The Nature Lab is a unique and well known RISD resource that serves as a natural history museum, a working studio for artists and designers, and a lending library of natural specimens. The collections, technologies, and programs of this research center inspire explorations of connections among art, design, science, nature, and the environment.

The successful candidate will bring a creative vision to the integration of art, design, science and nature into academic programming in consultation with faculty. Act as a catalyst to stimulate a dynamic discourse, oversee the development and care of the collection, as well as interpret it through exhibitions, and publications. Design, deliver, and participate in college-wide teaching and educational programs; administrate budgeting, fundraising and development efforts; oversee or directly supervise assistants, consultants, volunteers and student employees; develop and maintain environmental health and safety, and security policies.
Qualifications: PhD or Masters degree in a natural science, history/social studies of science, or related experience/ discipline including fieldwork. Five to 7 years of combined experience in educational programming, teaching, and administration with at least 2 to 3 of those years in administration. Curatorial experience preferred including preparation, maintenance and display of natural specimens such as live plants and animals. Digital imaging and information visualization skills are necessary along with strong writing, speaking and research skills;
demonstrated collaborative approach; strong interpersonal and organizational skills required. Interest in working with college students, youth programs, and adult continuing study programs.

Other Requirements:
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Employment Type: Full-Time

Other than regular hours (typically 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Mon-Fri.): As a resource to students, the Nature Lab is open 7 days a week, including evening hours. A flexible shedule is desired.
Hours/week and months/year: For more information about the Nature Lab, view the short video on Etsy or visit http://www.risd.edu/nature.cfm.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Education Coordinator at Acoustical Society of America

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) invites applications for the newly-created position of ASA Education Coordinator. A dynamic individual is sought who will lead in the management of programs in education in acoustics at all levels, with an emphasis on student activities. Examples include ASA's new program in K-12 educational outreach and the promotion of educational opportunities in acoustics for students in colleges and universities.
Applicants should possess excellent communication, E-awareness, and web skills and have a proven record in the understanding and the organization of educational programs. It would be helpful if applicants also have some knowledge of acoustics or related sciences as well as actual experience in the field of education.
The Coordinator will work with ASA members, staff, students, and other professionals to create, strengthen, and maintain an effective program in education in acoustics. The Education Coordinator is expected to attend ASA meetings twice per year.
This is a half time honoraria position with annual compensation based on experience. No benefits will be provided other than travel support. No office space is provided for this position.
Application information and instructions can be found at http://asa.aip.org/coordinator.pdf
The review of applications will begin on 15 April and continue until the position is filled.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Director at UNAVCO

Applications are being sought for Director of Education and Outreach at UNAVCO, Boulder, Colorado. UNAVCO is a university consortium and NSF geodesy facility supporting geoscience research and education. The program portfolio includes:

• short courses and workshops for research and education,
• strategic support to scientists in developing broader impacts,
• in-residence programs for geodesy science community members and educators,
• professional development in geosciences for K-12 faculty, and
• RESESS student internships for diversity and workforce development.

The successful candidate will lead the UNAVCO community in promoting understanding of geosciences, fostering collaboration between scientific and educational communities, and increasing the number and diversity of students who will become the next generation of geoscientists, while serving on the UNAVCO Senior Management team.

For more about the position, go to:

To learn about UNAVCO, visit

Postdoc at Indiana University Bloomington

A unique opportunity for a post-doctoral fellow in mathematics or science education exists at Indiana University School of Education. The position offers collaborative and independent research opportunities working as a project manager of a large NSF-funded research grant. The grant, entitled Iterative Model Building: A Program for Training Quality Teachers and Measuring Teacher Quality, researches the effectiveness of a new approach to conducting field experiences for preservice elementary school teachers. The Project Manager position is full-time including full benefits and an annual salary of $50,000. This is a one-year position with the potential of renewal for a second year contingent upon continuation of funding and satisfactory job performance.

Collaborative research opportunities include working with the PIs in this project, working with faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and working with faculty in the Center for Research on Learning and Technology (crlt.indiana.edu). The PIs for this project include Enrique Galindo (mathematics education, egalindo@indiana.edu), Anderson Norton (mathematics education at Virginia Tech, norton3@vt.edu), Valarie Akerson (science education, vakerson@indiana.edu) and Meredith Park Rogers (science education, mparkrog@indiana.edu). In addition to working with the PIs, the postdoctoral fellow will have opportunities to interact with other members of the mathematics and science education faculty. These program areas are part of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, which is consistently ranked among the top ten in the nation. The Mathematics and Science Education Faculty are engaged in research, teaching and service activities, and have developed and maintained graduate programs that are highly regarded in the United States and the around the world. The Center for Research on Learning and Technology (CRLT) is an organization dedicated to helping people find appropriate application of technology to improve teaching and learning in diverse settings. The CRLT is a home for various research and development projects developing new applications of technologies that provide important breakthroughs for the use of technology for teaching and learning. The doctoral fellow will thus be immersed in a strong and supportive setting that creates excellent opportunities to further a career as a researcher and scholar.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the direction of the project’s director, Enrique Galindo, the Project Manager will manage research data, coordinate partnerships with local elementary schools, and participate on research teams. Other duties include the following: organizing all logistics with data collection for the various phases of the study, supporting the preparation of annual reports, making arrangements for the advisory board meetings, developing and maintaining data bases, organizing information and tasks from project meetings, maintaining research approval forms, working with project evaluators, presenting research findings at professional conferences and in scholarly journals, and supporting the writing of proposals to extend the current project.

Qualifications and Start Date:
Minimum qualifications: Earned PhD in mathematics education or science education by the start date, good organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, experience with statistical software and large data sets, strong technical writing skills, and an ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and at least 3 years of elementary school teaching experience. This position is open to all qualified U.S. citizens and permanent residents without regard to race, age, gender, religion, color, national origin, or physical disability. The start date is negotiable between June 1 and August 1, 2010.

Application Instructions:
Applicants should send the following materials: (1) a letter describing qualifications, teaching experience and research interests, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) two letters of reference, and (4) samples of publications or scholarly manuscripts in progress.

Send all application materials to:
Sara Sturgeon
Mathematics and Science Education Office
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Wright Education Building 3288
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

Review of applications will begin on March 31, 2010, and will continue until the position is filled. If you have questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact one or more of the PIs.
Indiana University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Instructor at Yeshiva Univ.

The Physics Department of Yeshiva College, Yeshiva University invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Instructor. The two-year, renewable appointment will start August 1, 2010. A Ph.D. in physics is required and postdoctoral experience is preferred. Applicants must be able to teach any of the core courses for majors in the standard physics curriculum. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae including a list of publications with a statement of teaching interests (as a single PDF file) and three (3) letters of recommendation to Physics Search Committee at delplato@yu.edu. Review of applications will begin May 1, 2010, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Postdoc at Harvard

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Prof. Eric Mazur and Prof. Todd Zickler on the development and analysis of new computer vision-based and web-based tools for Physics Education. A PhD or equivalent in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Astronomy, or Physics Education is desired. Extensive computer programming experience is essential. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge or interest in the field of Physics (or Science) Education Research.

The successful candidate will work with members of Prof. Eric Mazur's and Prof. Zickler's groups to develop the next generation of the Interactive Learning Toolkit (ILT), a learning management system that is currently used by a number of institutions nationwide. The goal of the ILT is to become a platform for the delivery of research-based pedagogical techniques. The work will involve coordination of a large-scale software development effort, integration of computer vision systems, close collaborations with other groups engaged in similar activities, and helping to disseminate the use of the ILT. Additionally, the candidate will participate in research in computer vision, the use of technology in education, and the effectiveness of various pedagogical techniques. Finally the candidate should be prepared to spend a portion of the time on web site management and user support.

Interested applicants should send their resume in PDF format, accompanied by a description of, or link to, a software project for which they are the primary author. Correspondence should be sent via e-mail with the subject line "ILT PostDoc" only to: zickler@eecs.harvard.edu.

The position is available immediately, and applications received before Apr. 30, 2010 will receive full consideration.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

VAP at Bennington College

Bennington College seeks a visiting (one year, starting in fall 2010) full-time faculty member in physics to teach one course in introductory physics w/ lab sequence, plus additional introductory and intermediate courses in physics and/or mathematics. Particular interests include but are not limited to astronomy and astrophysics.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. (ABD considered) in an appropriate field. Previous teaching experience is desired. The College observatory, available for teaching and research purposes, houses a fully automated, 16" Ritchey-Chr├ętien telescope.

Applicants should email or send CV, cover letter, statement of teaching and research interests, and three letters of recommendation to Jo-Ann Watson, Science and Mathematics Coordinator; 1 College Drive, Bennington, VT 05201 jwatson@bennington.edu. Review of applications will begin on March 31 and continue until the position is filled.

VAP at Hampden-Sydney College

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has an opening for a one-year sabbatical replacement at the level of Visiting Assistant Professor, beginning August 2010. This position has the possibility of renewal for a second year. We are seeking an energetic physicist or astronomer with a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate level.

The department currently has five full-time faculty members, whose research interests include high energy astrophysics, AMO physics, condensed matter physics, and acoustics. Hampden-Sydney College is a selective four-year liberal arts college for men enrolling 1100 students on a beautiful 1330-acre campus in Virginia, 60 miles southwest of Richmond.

To apply for this position, please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to Dr. Walter C. McDermott at Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943; e-mail hscphysics@hsc.edu. Preference will be given to candidates who have a PhD by the time of appointment. Review of applications will begin March 15, 2010, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment begins mid-August 2010. Hampden-Sydney welcomes applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans, and people with disabilities. Hampden-Sydney College is an Affirmative Action—Equal Opportunity Employer

TT Fellowships at University of Amsterdam

The Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam attaches great importance to the recruitment and successful development of excellent young scientists within the research and teaching staff. As part of this drive, we are initiating a new recruitment programme for top level female talent, named after the ground breaking crystallographer Carolina MacGillavry, an UvA alumnus. In the first round of this programme we offer 5 MacGillavry fellowships (tenure track).

For these fellowships we are seeking women that excel in one of the faculty’s disciplines, who possess leadership potential and aspire to a career as a professor at the University of Amsterdam. The fellowship comprises a tenure track, whereby the fellow starts as assistant professor (UD) in a temporary position, with the prospect of a permanent appointment as associate professor (UHD) as well as a subsequent career path leading to a full professorship. Depending on the fellow’s qualifications, entrance at a higher level is also possible.

We offer our Fellows first and foremost an inspiring and challenging scientific environment in one of Europe’s leading cities, a centre of great cultural and scientific activity. The MacGillavry Fellows can count on excellent guidance and support in their scientific, teaching and academic leadership development. The fellowship is accompanied by a suitable scientific start-up package, and assistance is available concerning issues such as partner job-search, child care and accommodation.

The scientific disciplines of the Faculty are:
• Biological Science and Biomedical Science
• Earth Sciences (Physical Geography)
• Informatics and Logic
• Physics
• Chemistry
• Astronomy
• Mathematics and Statistics

More information:
At the website www.science.uva.nl/mgf
At the website www.uva.nl/vacancies
(subject: MacGillavry fellowship)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

VAP at Ithaca College

Ithaca College is looking for an Assistant Professor as a sabbatical replacement. You can find the full description here: apply.icjobs.org/applicants/Central?quickFind=176380 . While this position is not advertised as a PER position, we have 4 faculty members who devote at least some of their research time to PER, and the department would be very receptive to PER candidates.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Postdocs and Experienced Researcher fellowships in Germany

Humboldt Research Fellowships for Experienced Researchers are for scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within twelve years prior to the application submission date are eligible. This fellowship allows for a stay of 6-18 months in Germany which may be divided into a maximum of three visits of at least three months each and provides a monthly stipend of 2,450 EUR.

Submit a postdoctoral application if you are a researcher from abroad with above average qualifications, at the beginning of your academic career and only completed your doctorate in the last four years. A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows you to carry out a long-term research project (6-24 months) you have selected yourself in cooperation with an academic host you have selected yourself at a research institution in Germany.

Submit an experienced researcher application if you are a researcher from abroad with above average qualifications, completed your doctorate less than twelve years ago, already have your own research profile and are working at least at the level of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Group Leader or have a record of several years of independent academic work. A Humboldt Research Fellowship for experienced researchers allows you to carry out a long-term research project (6-18 months) you have selected yourself in cooperation with an academic host you have selected yourself at a research institution in Germany. The fellowship is flexible and can be divided up into as many as three stays within three years.

Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation directly at any time. The Humboldt Foundation grants approximately 600 Humboldt Research Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers and experienced researchers annually. Short-term study visits, participation in congresses and training courses cannot be financed.

To apply, see

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Two Postdocs at MIT

Teaching Problem Solving

Participate in newly funded program to develop diagnostic instruments to measure the degree of expertise in physics problem solving and to develop pedagogy to teach such expertise. Our developing online environment involves an open source WIKI-text based on our new Modeling Applied to Problem Solving pedagogy that is integrated with the tutors MasteringPhysics.com and LON_CAPA.org. See http://relate.mit.edu for related work.

One postdoc will have a Ph.D or Ed.D in physics/science education, educational psychology, or psychometrics, and must have experience in teaching physics. Some familiarity with theories of learning, test design and validation, and/or analysis of large educational datasets is desirable. A second position requires very strong computer programming (perl, web applications, MySQL) and/or statistics/data analysis skills. Applicants must be comfortable working in a small group and interacting with remote collaborators. This position is a proven route to positions in academia and education companies. Inquiries and applications (CV and names of three referees) should be sent to Dr. R. Teodorescu, rteodore@MIT.EDU. Review of applications will begin immediately; starting date flexible. MIT is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.