Monday, October 29, 2018

NTT Assistant Teaching Professor, Georgetown University, DC

Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Physics, Georgetown University

The Department of Physics at Georgetown University invites applications for a full-time non-tenure-line renewable faculty appointment beginning Fall 2019. Responsibilities include teaching, physics education research (PER), and curriculum development and assessment in support of pedagogical initiatives in the department.

Georgetown Physics has been an early implementer of many PER methods, including Tutorials in Introductory Physics. Current projects include development of innovative courses for non-science students, integration of computation into the physics curriculum, and novel use of technology in the classroom.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in teaching with evidence of teaching effectiveness, in physics education research, and in engaging students of diverse backgrounds. The Department of Physics is committed to creating an inclusive environment for learning and research, and it welcomes applicants who will contribute to this goal.

A complete application includes a cover letter summarizing the candidate’s training, professional experiences, and career goals as they pertain to this position, a CV, a statement describing commitment to innovative teaching practices, a statement of physics education research plans, a statement describing activities and goals for diversity and inclusion, and three letters of recommendation.  Applications must be submitted via AcademicJobsOnline, Review of applications will begin on December 17, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Academic Administrator, Office of Instructional Development, UCLA

UCLA's Office of Instructional Development will be hiring an Academic Administrator to orchestrate the assessment and potential revision of courses satisfying the GE Foundations of Scientific Inquiry requirement. This will be an interesting project at the interface between the sciences, pedagogy, and assessment. We are seeking someone ideally with a science background, university teaching experience, pedagogy or assessment knowledge, and a PhD in either a science or education field. The posting is described in more detail below. Please note that the deadline to apply is Friday Nov. 2. 

JPF04092 • Academic Administrator for Curricular Review and Revision, Center for
Educational Assessment, Office of Instructional Development • 2018 – 2019

Recruitment description
Under the supervision of the Faculty Director for the Office of Instructional Development, the
Academic Administrator will be responsible for the development and management of projects involving curricular revision and assessment. The first planned project is a thorough examination of UCLA’s General Education (GE) curriculum in the area of Foundations of Scientific Inquiry. The Academic Administrator will provide detailed analysis of existing instruments used to assess the success of GE courses, and develop new tools for such assessment. The Academic Administrator will conduct research on overall GE impact, review current course offerings, review literature on GE objectives and assessment, assist with revising existing courses, examine alignment between GE courses and GE student learning outcomes, and assist with coordinating a re-certification process. The incumbent may also teach in the Division of Life and Physical Sciences, time permitting. The Academic Administrator will also develop workshops for faculty related to GE course review and development. Authorship in his/her field is encouraged, time permitting, including preparing publications for conferences and peer-reviewed journals and assisting faculty with grant writing in support of new curricular programs as appropriate.

The successful candidate must have an advanced degree (Ph.D. in a science field preferred); knowledge of undergraduate curriculum assessment and reform; experience working with academic policy and shared governance at a large public research university; skills in information retrieval and data management; demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to interact effectively in programs and activities involving faculty, staff, and students; consensus building activity; interpersonal skills to interact effectively with persons of differing social, educational, economic and cultural backgrounds; a track record of innovation in a science oriented curriculum; the ability to be flexible and pay attention to detail while keeping in mind the overall mission of OID. Desirable qualities include knowledge of UCLA processes and procedures; broad familiarity with existing curricula, programs and services for UCLA undergraduates; and experience with teaching undergraduate students.

The Center for Educational Assessment (CEA) provides evaluation and assessment services for academic and research needs. The Office of Instructional Development (OID) is part of the Division of Undergraduate Education and fosters effective teaching, grounded in sound pedagogy and enhanced by innovation, to promote successful learning for our diverse UCLA student population.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Position salary range is $60,304 to $75,927/year.

Position remains open until filled. This is a full-time (100% time) position, with a projected November 2018 start date.

By November 2, 2018, interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter of application that specifically addresses the position's responsibilities and the required/preferred qualifications stated above, a current CV, a statement of experience in teaching, research and contributions to diversity, and the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of three references, through the UCLA Academic Recruit portal:

Applicants may upload the reference letters directly to the job application in the UCLA Academic Recruit system, or may provide the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of the references; the UCLA Academic Recruit system will send emails to individual’s whose contact information was provided, requesting submission of the reference letter for the applicant. Regardless of the reference submission method used, all three letters of reference must be received by the closing date for the application to be considered complete.

We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

Information about the Office of Instructional Development may be viewed at:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Friday, October 19, 2018

PER/AER/STEM Education Research Postdoc, Texas State

Postdoctoral Researcher in Physics/Astronomy/STEM Education Research at Texas State University

Summary of the position
We are offering a postdoctoral-level research position in physics/astronomy/STEM education research in the Department of Physics at Texas State University. The selected candidate will work closely with Dr. Alice Olmstead on mutually agreed-upon work related to supporting sustained improvements in undergraduate STEM education and/or developing instructional innovations that highlight social justice issues. An interested candidate would be expected to work on at least one (but not all) of the following new projects: (1) identifying teams of STEM faculty and other stakeholders who are working together to address issues of equity and inclusion in their departments or institutions, and investigating what enables this work to be productive; (2) facilitating virtual conversations among physics and/or astronomy instructors who are trying out ways to engage students in reasoning about the relationship between science and society, and researching what unique opportunities and challenges this community of instructors might face; and/or (3) locally developing and piloting curriculum and pedagogy that could engage students in reasoning about the relationship between science and society, and researching the results. This position is part of a startup package and not affiliated with a specific grant.

Job description
The salary for this position is $50,000/year plus benefits. The initial contract is for one year, renewable for a second year. The selected candidate would be expected to engage in research activities such as: collecting and analyzing video data; conducting and analyzing interviews; identifying and recruiting study participants; preparing documents for human subjects institutional review board feedback; reviewing relevant literature; and disseminating results through written publications and conference presentations. The selected candidate may have opportunities to mentor undergraduate students in research, depending on the interests and expertise of those involved. The selected candidate will also be expected to participate in grant proposal preparation activities related to their research topic.

The Physics department at Texas State University is home to a large physics education research group and a thriving undergraduate Learning Assistant program. The research group currently includes four tenured or tenure-track faculty members, two lecturers, a postdoctoral researcher, two Masters students, and multiple undergraduate students. The selected candidate would have regular opportunities to interact with this group and learn about other projects.

Minimum qualifications:
-        Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, Science Education, or another STEM and/or education-related field
-        Demonstrated commitment to improving equity and inclusion in STEM
-        Excellent written and verbal communication skills
-        Enthusiastic and motivated learner

Desirable qualifications:
-        Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in research-based instructional strategies for undergraduate STEM
-        A history of engaging in conversations about equity, ideally within scientific communities
-        Experience developing, implementing, and/or assessing the impact of curricular materials
-        Experience mentoring students in research

-        Expertise in physical sciences (e.g., astronomy, physics, or a related field)
-        Experience using qualitative research methods (e.g., conducting and analyzing interviews, analyzing video data)
-        Knowledge of literature about faculty instructional change and/or organizational change
-        Knowledge of critical theory and/or other theoretical perspectives that are well-suited for approaching questions related to equity in STEM

Application process
Review of applications will begin on November 20 and continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible, preferably between the start of Spring 2019 and the end of Summer 2019. We are willing to explore the possibility of remote work arrangements for a candidate who meets most of all of the required and desirable qualifications, however, we cannot guarantee that this is an option and strong justification would be required. Interested candidates should submit a 1-2 page cover letter and a CV to Dr. Alice Olmstead at The cover letter should explain the candidate’s interest in the position, including which of the projects listed above they would like to pursue, and why they are a good fit for this position (based on alignment with the required qualifications and at least a subset of the desirable qualifications). The cover letter should specify a preferred state date and, if the candidate has not yet received their PhD, when they expect to receive it. If the candidate is requesting a remote work arrangement, this should also be specified in the letter. The CV should include a list of publications, professional development or leadership experiences, and contact information for three professional references. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to submit a writing sample and three letters of recommendation.

Associate Director for the Education & Diversity Department, APS [based in College Park MD]

The American Physical Society (APS), a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics, seeks an Associate Director for the Education & Diversity Department. This position is based at APS Headquarters in College Park, MD (near DC Metro Green Line). The Associate Director works with the Director to lead a portfolio of programs, develop and execute department strategy, and coach staff on program leadership skills. In addition, the Associate Director represents the department and deputizes for the Director as needed.

Essential Functions:

Leads a portfolio of programs

Under the supervision of the Director and in collaboration with program staff, provides strategic direction and support to program teams to deliver high-value outcomes.
Cultivates and engages external collaborators to advance program objectives.
Works in partnership with staff to assess program outcomes and provides strategic guidance to improve programs.
Oversees program budgets and guides staff in budget development to ensure activities are appropriately resourced.
Generates external funding through grant writing and collaboration with Development.
Develops and executes department strategy

Partners with the Director, Senior Advisor, and program staff to translate the APS strategic plan into program-specific goals and operational plans and ensures successful implementation of those plans.
Provides thought leadership within the department leadership team, including the Director and Senior Advisor, and explores ideas in a safe, collaborative manner.
Stays abreast of trends and liaises with community stakeholders to understand challenges, opportunities, and best practices.
Coaches staff on program leadership skills

Proactively identifies growth areas and coaches staff to develop skills and knowledge needed to be effective as program leaders.
Fosters collaboration among department programs.
Represents the department

Partners with the Director and Senior Advisor to actively engage department committees and advance their work.
Deputizes for the Director as needed.
Other duties as assigned



Master’s Degree or higher (Ph.D. preferred) in a relevant field including physical sciences, science education, or another related field.

10+ years of experience in leading innovative programs with demonstrated success in a not-for-profit or academic environment.
Supervisory experience required.
Experience with proposal writing and federal grant management is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Strategic thinker and innovative problem solver, with skills in strategic planning.
Demonstrable skills in program leadership, including program design, stakeholder engagement, program assessment, project management, and budgetary management.
Demonstrable skills in working effectively and collaboratively with staff, volunteer leaders, and other stakeholders in not-for-profit and academic institutions.
Knowledge of education and diversity issues, as well as inclusion and accessibility.
Ability to inspire staff and build a culture of innovation, teamwork, and accountability.
Familiarity with the principles of mentoring, demonstrable skills in coaching staff.
Customer service orientation, including ability to resolve conflicts constructively.
Flexible, proactive, able to handle several complex projects simultaneously.
Strong written and oral communication skills, including abilities to engage and influence.
Must be able to travel.
To apply, send cover letter, including salary requirement, and resume to the attention of Human Resources via e-mail:

About APS
The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over 55,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, D.C.

Job Openings
Assistant Editor, Physical Review Applied
Ridge, NY
Assistant Editor, Physical Review Letters
Ridge, NY
Associate Director, Education & Diversity
College Park, MD
Executive Office Administrative Assistant
College Park, MD
Honors Program Manager
College Park, MD
Human Resources Director
College Park, MD
Senior Grants Accountant
Ridge, NY
Technical Support Specialist
College Park, MD
APS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.


TWO NTT Assistant Professors In Residence, University of Connecticut

The Department of Physics at the University of Connecticut invites applications for positions at the rank of Assistant Professor in Residence, beginning in Fall 2019. Two positions will be filled at the UConn Storrs campus.
The University of Connecticut (UConn) is entering a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence ( As part of these initiatives, UConn has hired more than 450 new faculty at all ranks during the past three years. The Department of Physics is undergoing a significant change of teaching pedagogy in introductory course sequences through the implementation of studio-based courses enabled by brand new state-of-the-art teaching facilities. We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for teaching faculty positions in the Department of Physics.
The successful candidates will be expected to share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate level and to the mentoring of students in their professional development.  Candidates will also share a commitment to the development and innovative improvement of physics courses under the framework of the department’s studio physics project.  In addition, individuals will be expected to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and outreach activities.  Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and contribute to the development of pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.
Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a related field; the ability to teach a full range of courses at the undergraduate level; and evidence of outstanding teaching.
Demonstrated exposure to and experience implementing teaching practices guided by physics education research such as studio physics; experience with educational technologies, such as online homework systems, message boards, instructional videos, smart boards, or classroom personal response systems (“clickers”); experience teaching large lectures.
This is a 9-month, annually renewable, non-tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2019.  This one-year contract may be renewed or lead to a multi-year contract in the future. This position does not lead to permanent academic tenure. This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.
Salary will be commensurate with experience. Summer teaching is not included in the standard 9-month appointment and is not mandatory but may be available.
Select “Apply" to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Submit a cover lettercurriculum vitae; and teaching statement.  Your teaching statement should address your experience and philosophy, your commitment to effective learning and the use of new teaching technologies, and your ideas for integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles. Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct at least three reference writers to submit letters of reference on your behalf.  Evaluation of applicants will begin January 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. 
Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.  (Search # 2019139)
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural, and diverse community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Tenure Track, open rank faculty position in PER at the University of Illinois


The deadline for applications is November 25, 2018, Applications submitted after this date will be accepted but are not guaranteed full consideration.
The Department of Physics invites applications for a full-time tenured or tenure track faculty position in Physics Education Research beginning as early as August 16, 2019. Appointments at the Assistant Professor level will be given preference, but appointments at a higher level will be considered for exceptionally well-qualified candidates. A Ph.D., or equivalent, is required, along with the ability to teach effectively at both undergraduate and graduate levels and to conduct a vigorous and significant research program. Ideal candidates include those who demonstrate evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service endeavors. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. 

Qualified senior candidates may also be considered for tenured full Professor positions as part of the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative. Over the next few years, more than 35 new endowed professorships and chairs will be established. More information about the Grainger Initiative can be found at

To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at: Your application package should include a statement of teaching and research interests, statement on commitment to diversity, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and names and contact information of four references (no letters) all in a single .pdf file. The statement on diversity should address past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service.  Please contact Margie Gamel at 217-333-3762 or for further inquiries or questions. The deadline for applications is November 25, 2018, Applications submitted after this date will be accepted but are not guaranteed full consideration.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

We have an active and successful dual career partner placement program and a strong commitment to work life balance and family friendly programs for faculty and staff:

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

To learn more about the Physics Education Research Group, please visit

Santa Monica College Tenure Track Physics Instructor

Santa Monica College
Salary: $61,183 – $127,482
Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019
Job Duties
• Teach and develop lecture and laboratory Physics courses from the descriptive through calculus-based levels, in particular including the physics course sequence for engineering majors, Physics 21, 22, 23 and 24;
• Develop physics laboratory experiments and demonstrations;
• Implement and maintain lower division physics course offerings aligned with transfer requirements in STEM fields;
• Participate in the college’s STEM academic support programs that are designed to facilitate student transfer to 4-year colleges and/or employment in STEM fields, focusing particularly on Latinx, African-American and female student populations;
• Maintain office hours;
• Participate in the development and evaluation of curriculum and course materials, selection of textbooks, academic and career advisement, student learning outcome (SLO) development and assessment, departmental program review, professional development programs, peer evaluation, and other departmental and college initiatives.
Minimum Qualifications
• Master’s Degree in Physics, Astronomy or Astrophysics
• Bachelor’s in Physics or Astronomy AND a Master’s Degree in one of the following:
• Engineering
• Mathematics
• Meteorology
• Geophysics
• OR the equivalent
Preferred Qualifications
• College level teaching experience in Physics lecture and laboratory courses, especially in the lower division, including any experience in creation of effective undergraduate Physics laboratory activities;
• Knowledge of current advances and practices in Physics education research and experience applying them in college-level classes;
• Recent participation in professional development programs or post-graduate degree programs designed to enhance pedagogical effectiveness in STEM higher-education classrooms and laboratories;
• Demonstrated skill in communicating effectively with college students and professional colleagues;
• Evidence of successful implementation of equity practices in the classroom, including experience in utilizing effective practices for enhancing the success of underrepresented populations in STEM fields, including Latinxs, African-Americans, and women;
• Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics; other postgraduate studies and/or research in physics or physics education.
Additional Information
FT Faculty Application Requirements
A standard application consists of the following:
Online District Application
Cover Letter
Two (2) Confidential Letters of Reference
* Additional, job-specific items may be required.  Please refer to the job posting for specific details.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials, including the letters of recommendation, are received prior to the recruitment deadline.
Pay Philosophy
Starting salaries for FT Faculty are based on a combination of experience and educational achievement.  Initial placement is within the starting salary range.  Further advancements are based on longevity and educational growth.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TT, SUNY Brockport

Assistant Professor - Physics
Job no: 494087

Position type: Faculty (Full-Time)
Location: Brockport
Division/Equivalent: Academic Affairs
School/Unit: School of Arts and Sciences
Department/Office: Physics
Categories: Faculty
Assistant Professor

The College at Brockport

 The Physics Department at The College at Brockport seeks to hire an experimental physicist who is passionate about teaching and working with undergraduates in both the classroom and research lab. The ideal candidate will be able to teach and develop courses across our curriculum while conducting research in a field that either complements or augments the department’s current strengths. The ability to offer opportunities for student development is key. Possible research areas include, but are not limited to, Applied Physics, Optics, Engineering Physics, Materials Physics, and observational Astrophysics. The new hire will have full access to departmental facilities and will be encouraged to collaborate with current faculty while contributing to the mission of the department. The position is a full-time, 10 month, tenure-track position slated to begin August 2019.

Major Responsibilities

Teach engaging classes across all levels of our curriculum.
Conduct and publish research, attend conferences, and seek external funding for a research program that involves undergraduate students in a meaningful way.
Contribute to growing the department through such efforts as the re-establishment of a dual-degree physics/engineering program.
Participate in the ongoing revision of the curriculum, including new course development, updates of laboratory exercises to include new technology, and enhancement of lecture pedagogy.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Physics or related field from a college or university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting institution; an ABD candidate must earn a doctoral degree within six months of appointment
Desire to teach at the undergraduate level, as evidenced by the candidate’s CV and teaching philosophy
Evidence of engagement in productive research, including publishing peer-reviewed articles
Potential for external funding, as well as for collaborating with current faculty and students
Committed to increasing student diversity through teaching, mentoring, and/or engagement in high-impact educational practices

Preferred Qualifications

Research interests which complement or augment ongoing departmental activities in surface science, low temperature physics, or astrophysics.
Post-doctoral research experience.
Experience in interdisciplinary research.

Department Description

The Department of Physics recently celebrated its 50th anniversary at the College at Brockport. Our mission is to provide rigorous instruction in physics and astronomy at all levels, while giving our majors the necessary skills for modern jobs and graduate school. The department currently has approximately 20 majors, four full-time faculty, and offers a BS and a minor in Physics. Most of our graduates either attend graduate school for engineering or physics, or join the workforce directly as entry-level engineers. As we embark on our next 50 years, we are excited to expand and improve the ways that we serve our students: a new BS in Physics Secondary Education for high school teachers is being implemented, and we are developing a physics/engineering dual degree program. The Department has state-of-the-art equipment in the form of a Park Systems AFM, Quantum Design PPMS, and a new Spitz SciDome IQ2400 projector for the campus planetarium. Faculty and students at Brockport work closely in the classroom, research lab, and in service activities such as high-school recruitment and outreach efforts.

The College

The College at Brockport, State University of New York, serves a diverse student body of over 7,100 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students enrolled in 50 undergraduate majors and more than 50 masters’ programs, teacher certification programs and advanced graduate certificates supported by more than 750 instructional faculty and professional staff. The College is an inclusive learning community that inspires excellence through growth, engagement, and transformation. Located in western New York, the College benefits from a small town atmosphere located near major metropolitan cities; 16 miles west of Rochester, 45 miles east of Buffalo, and 140 miles from Toronto.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary commensurate with experience.  We offer an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, retirement, healthcare and dependent care savings accounts, life insurance, and disability insurances.

 Application Instructions

Review of application materials will begin on October 31, 2018 and application materials will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit your applications materials no later than October 31, 2018. Interested candidates should apply online at

 Application Materials Required

For consideration, please submit: 1.) Letter of Application; 2.) Curriculum Vitae; 3.) List of 3 to 5 references; 4.) Statement of Teaching Philosophy (2 pages max); 5.) Research Statement explaining how you plan to include undergraduate students in your research (3 pages max); and, 6.) 2 to 3 Letters of Recommendation sent directly to

 Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations via email at

 We are part of an academic community committed to fostering integrity, civility, and justice.  We affirm that the dignity of our Brockport community is protected when free speech, academic freedom and individual rights are expressed within a climate of civility and mutual respect. Striving to learn from each other, we value human diversity because it enriches our lives and it is fundamental to the College’s commitment to teaching, learning, scholarship and service leading to student success.

The College at Brockport, State University of New York is an AA/EEO/ADA employer. The College actively seeks applications from women, veterans, individuals with a disability, members of underrepresented groups or anyone that would enrich the diversity of the College.

Advertised: 21 Sep 2018 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications deadline: Open until filled

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

TT in PER, University of Uppsala, Sweden

Tenure Track Position as Associate Senior Lecturer in Physics Education Research

Uppsala University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.

Description of Subject Area: The subject of the position is Physics Education Research (PER) Swedish: fysikundervisningens didaktik). The research done by the Division explores issues such as
how knowledge could be shared in more productive ways (including the effects that social and cultural practices may have on learning and how these may be mediated).

Duties: The position includes teaching, research and administration. The teaching duties include course design, teaching and examining responsibilities, course administration and the research supervision of Bachelor, Master and PhD students. Teaching duties span topics in Physics, Physics Education Research (PER), and physics-teacher education. The duties also include keeping abreast of developments within physics, physics education research and other factors that are deemed significant for work assignments at the university. The position, associate senior lecturer, is designed for those wishing to qualify for a tenured senior lecturer position (which calls for a stronger competency and broader experience in teaching and research).

 Appointment Period: The position can be held for a maximum of four years. An associate senior lecturer may apply for promotion to senior lecturer. If an associate senior lecturer is deemed suitable and they fulfil the criteria for promotion as established by the Board for the Uppsala University Faculty of Science and Technology, they will be promoted to, and employed as, a senior lecturer.

 Qualifications Required: According to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance those qualified for
appointment as associate senior lecturer are persons who have obtained a doctoral degree or achieved the equivalent research competence. In this particular case applicants must have a doctoral degree in physics.

It is necessary that the pedagogical skills, the research expertise and the professional skills are relevant to the content of the employment and the tasks will make up the employment. Applicants who have obtained a doctoral degree or achieved the equivalent competence in five years or less prior to the end of the application period will be given priority.

According to Uppsala University´s appointments regulations, teaching expertise is a specific eligibility requirement for appointment as an associate senior lecturer. To obtain teaching expertise, the applicant should have participated in teacher training for higher education of relevance to operations at the University, comprising at least five weeks, or be considered to have acquired the equivalent competence.

If it has not been possible to acquire this competence prior to employment, qualifying training for
teachers, the appointee shall acquire such competency during the first two years of their employment.

 A general eligibility requirement is that the they must possess the personal capabilities necessary to carry out fully the duties of the appointment.

Documented working knowledge of both Swedish and English is also a requirement for the advertised position. If not immediately, the successful applicant will be expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years of appointment.

 Assessment Criteria/Ranking

 Research Expertise and Teaching Expertise: The ranking of eligible applicants will be based primarily on research and teaching expertise: these will be given equal weight. Research evaluation will include the potential to contribute to the future development, which will include teaching. Thus, as much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of research expertise.
Research expertise will be based upon the documented merits presented at the time of application.

 Research Expertise

In assessing research merits, special emphasis will be given to contributions to the field of Physics
Education Research at the university level. Of particular relevance here are: theoretical and
methodological advancements in PER; qualitative research situated in the teaching and learning of
physics concepts and scientific abilities; research on the education of pre-service physics teachers; and research on the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) in physics. A PhD in Physics that specialized in the area of PER will be considered a merit.

 Teaching Expertise

Teaching expertise consists of both physics education and teaching qualifications. Teaching expertise
will be judged on educational and teaching qualifications in the area of physics and related experience.
In assessing teaching expertise, evidence of teaching quality will be the prime consideration. Special
weight will be attached to merits acquired from the planning and executing of teaching tasks, which will include skill at research supervision. Here both breadth and depth will be given due consideration.
Hence, teaching experience and skill as described above must be well documented in the application.

Experience in teaching and developing courses in physics didactics (as the term is understood in
Sweden) on undergraduate and graduate level, with special emphasis on courses for pre-service physics teachers, will be considered a merit. In this respect, the applicant should provide a clear vision for the future development of the courses for future physics teachers at the department. Furthermore, the applicant should propose concrete steps towards achieving this vision in a time frame of four years.
The position also calls for the ability to teach across introductory and upper division level courses in
physics, and lead and assess tutorial exercises, seminars, and laboratory work within those courses.
Hence, the applicant’s personal educational achievements in these areas must be clearly and well
documented in the application.

Experience in supervising student project-work in physics didactics for both the Bachelors and Masters level of education as defined in Sweden will be of merit. Experience in supervising doctoral studies in the field of Physics Education Research would provide an additional merit.

 Administrative Expertise Administrative expertise, which includes entrepreneurship, is important
aspect of university employment. Administrative expertise needs to be demonstrated through
documenting skills in general operative planning, ability to organize and direct personnel, and the ability to cooperate.

Collaboration Expertise

The ability to cooperate both within the academic world and with related society, and to inform the
public about science and research, will also be taken into account for the selection procedure.
To be taken into account, all merits mentioned above must be documented in a manner that makes it
possible to assess both their quality and scope.
In filling this position the University aims to appoint the applicant who, following a qualitative holistic assessment of their competence and expertise, is judged to have the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties and to help advance operations.
In an overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, parental leave, part-time work relating to care of children, union assignments, military service, or the like will be regarded as work experience.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Uppsala University strives for a more even gender balance in its research and teaching staff. Since most teachers of the Faculty are men, women are especially invited to apply for this position.

 Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Starting date: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed

Type of position: Temporary position four years.

For further information about the position please contact

Professor Cedric Linder, e-mail

For further information about Uppsala University appointment regulations see

Appointment Regulations Uppsala University

For further information about Faculty appointment regulations see

Guidleines for recruitment Science and Technology

Please submit your application by November 11, 2018, UFV-PA 2018/3289.

If you are an international candidate, you will find a lot of information about working and living in

Sweden at

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services. Applications must be submitted as

described in this advertisement.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months

Contract type Full time

First day of employment As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed

Salary Fixed salary

Number of positions 1

Working hours 100%

City Uppsala

County Uppsala län

Country Sweden

Reference number UFV-PA 2018/3289

Union representative Ellena Papaioannou, Seko +46 18-471 3315

Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST +46 18-471 6251

Per Sundman, Saco-rådet +46 18-471 1485

Published 2018-10-12

Last application date 2018-11-11

Link to ad

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Limited-Term Assistant Professor, UGA

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Georgia invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position, with a start date of August 2019.  The Limited-Term Assistant Professor position is a temporary appointment, which may be renewed annually for a
maximum of two years.  Candidates should show a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level and demonstrate potential for significant research.  The person hired will teach four courses per year, primarily in the Department’s general physics programs, and will be expected to pursue an active research program with a current member of the faculty.  A Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field is required at the time of job offer.

To apply for this position, candidates should submit a cover letter, a CV, and statements of teaching and research interests, along with the names and contact information of three references, to  Review of applications will begin on November 13 and all applications received by that date will receive full consideration.

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, its many units, and UGA are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  UGA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic
information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.  Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are
encouraged to contact Central HR (  Please do not contact the Department or search committee with such requests.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

[Rumor] Two FT Instructors, Mississippi State

It appears there will be two full time physics instructor positions advertised later this academic year, both 100% teaching, one focused on lower division courses, the other evenly divided between lower division courses and labs. Will update this as new details emerge.

TT in PER, Auburn, AL

Position Information
Job Title Assistant Professor - Physics Education Research
Posting Number P1269F

Position Summary Information
Job Description Summary
The College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) at Auburn University invites applications for a tenure-track, 9-month position at the level of Assistant Professor, with research interests in the area of physics education research (PER). The home department of the successful candidate will be COSAM’s Department of Physics. COSAM has recently hired discipline-based education research (DBER) faculty in the Departments of Geosciences, Chemistry, and Biology and is eager to grow this developing DBER group within the college.

The successful candidate is expected to establish an extramurally funded PER program and collaborate with a growing cohort of researchers within the department and college on studying/transforming STEM higher education through basic and applied research methods and their assessment. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, innovation of evidence-based, active-learning course development/delivery, efficacy of student-led teaching methods in the learning process within the physics classroom/lab, and research on human-technology interfaces/tools to improve learning in physics. Duties also will include teaching in the physics department at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervising graduate research.

The physics department at Auburn University consists of 25 faculty, approximately 50 graduate students and 50 undergraduate physics majors. Research is in the areas of atomic molecular and optical physics, condensed matter physics, plasma physics, space physics, and biophysics. About 2,000 students each semester are taught in introductory physics. The department cares deeply about teaching and learning and uses evidence-based research to drive improvements in classroom best practices. The physics department is very supportive of education research as a discipline and welcomes this new addition to their faculty.

Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier land, sea, and space grant institutions. In the 2018 edition of the U.S. News and World Report ratings of undergraduate programs, it was ranked 46th among public universities. Auburn is an institution that is both highly research-active and committed to maintaining teaching excellence offering Bachelor’s, First Professional, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence. Organized into 12 academic colleges and schools, Auburn offers more than 200 educational programs. A large and dynamic STEM program exists at Auburn, with close to 50% of total student instruction being based within STEM departments and sub-disciplines

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a detailed 2 to 3-page statement of the research plan, a 2-page statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contact information for three professional references.

For more information please contact

Minimum Qualifications
A Ph.D. in physics at the time of employment, a record of scholarly accomplishments in science education research, and at least one year of research/teaching experience beyond the Ph.D. are required. The candidate selected for this position must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States on the date the appointment is scheduled to begin (August 2019) and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. The candidate must possess excellent written and interpersonal communications skills.

Desired Qualifications
Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of applications will begin November 16, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Posting Detail Information
Open Date
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
References required for this position? Yes
If yes, minimum number requested 3
Supplemental Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

* How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
Public Job Posting (AU faculty positions site)
Academic Conference
Agency Referral
Internal Job Posting
Personal Referral
Veterans Assistance Services (Veteran Job Boards, Military Base Services, State Vet Rep, etc.)
Disability Assistance Services (Disability Job Boards, ABLE Network, Voc-Rehab referral, etc.)
* Please enter the specifics for the option you selected above:
(Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents
Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae/Resume
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Statement of Research and/or Goals
Optional Documents
Other Documentation

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

[Rumor] FT Instructor for Studio classes, Michigan State

Ad is being prepared, interviews in the spring, job to start in the Fall, you can ask Danny Caballero questions, e-mail

Monday, October 1, 2018

PER Postdoc, CU-Boulder

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher in Physics Education Research at the University of Colorado Boulder.  The post-doc will work with the group of Bethany Wilcox and collaborate with faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in Colorado's Physics Education Research Group as well as in the Physics Department broadly.  The project targets understanding, assessing, and improving undergraduate physics students’ mathematical problem solving in the context of upper-division physics. 

The postdoc will be responsible for designing and conducting student interviews; collecting and analyzing students’ written solutions; correlating multiple data sources and synthesizing findings; and presenting and publishing the findings of this project in national venues for both researchers and practitioners. Additionally, this person will be expected to supervise graduate and undergraduate students on the project; assist with grant proposals and IRB protocols; and contribute to the efforts of the broader PER group at University of Colorado.

Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. in physics, physics education research (preferred), or a closely related field.
Demonstrated experience with or interest in physics (or mathematics) education research.
Demonstrated publication record.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others and work independently.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Salary: $50,000 per year with benefits and travel stipend. Postdoc will be on a yearly appointment with funding for up to two years.

Application Deadline: Application open until position is filled.

Start Date: Exact starting date will be negotiated with the successful candidate with a preference towards candidates available to start between January 2019 and July 2019. 

To apply for the position please send the following materials to

1. Cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications described above, describes the applicant’s interest in joining the project, and answers the following questions:

1.A) In what ways do your previous research, teaching, or outreach experiences inform your vision for improving undergraduate physics courses?
1.B) How do your previous experiences prepare you to work cooperatively and productively with colleagues, students, and supervisors from diverse backgrounds?
1.C) In this postdoctoral research position, you will gain significant skills in physics education research. How do you envision those skills will be useful to you later in your career?

2. CV with at least 3 references listed.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at