Monday, October 28, 2019

Physics Lecturer, Stanford University CA

Lecturer Position in Physics, Stanford University, Department of Physics

The Stanford Physics Department invites applications for a Lecturer position to begin in Autumn quarter 2020.  This position is a full-time, twelve-month, fixed-term, benefits-eligible appointment.  The initial appointment period is 2 years.  Future reappointments are possible, with the first reappointment review occurring in the second year.  The duties involve teaching introductory physics courses during the academic year and the summer quarter, usually in partnership with a faculty member, and assisting the department in a major restructuring of the introductory physics courses, both in terms of the course sequences offered and the curriculum and pedagogy of the courses.  The Lecturer should be knowledgeable in curriculum and course design, as well as in evaluating the success of new offerings, and able to work collaboratively with faculty in the course restructuring process.  A Ph.D. is required.  In addition to instruction, the candidate will be responsible for mentoring course teaching assistants, advising students, and participating in Department committees, as appropriate.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and experience (two pages maximum), and three letters of recommendation addressing their teaching and administrative abilities.

All materials must be submitted electronically to Academic Jobs Online:

For full consideration, applications should be completed by December 15, 2019.

Email inquiries and questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Peter Graham (pwgraham at

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and 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, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University's research, teaching and clinical missions.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Assistant Professor of Physics at Westminister College

Salt Lake City, UT
Faculty - Science - Physics
Application Due:
Open Until Filled

Job Description
Westminster College invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Physics to begin in August 2020. The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching and a commitment to liberal arts education. The 24-credit annual teaching assignment will include lower-division courses for both majors and non-majors, and upper-division courses in physics. We particularly seek candidates who have a strong interest, and ideally experience, in teaching using methods developed and supported by Physics Education Research (PER). Preference will be given to candidates who are experimentalists (including in PER) and are able to supervise students in undergraduate research at a small liberal arts college, although theoreticians with an experimental overlap will be strongly considered. A Ph.D. degree in Physics, Astronomy, or Astrophysics is required. Position is contingent on budgetary approval.

Westminster College's commitment to diversity and global learning is revealed in its core values, mission and vision statements, and learning goals. We seek colleagues who are prepared to facilitate the learning of all students, including those from groups historically underrepresented in higher education, such as students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, and first-generation college students.

Minimum Qualifications
  • A Ph.D. in Physics completed no later than August, 2020.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching. The successful applicant will have served as the instructor of record for multiple courses and be able to demonstrate the ability to employ pedagogical practices that generate active and engaged learning.
  • An active intellectual life that includes regular presentations at academic conference and the occasional publication of scholarly and/or pedagogy-related articles.
Application & Supplemental Information
Application Instructions:
For application instructions, please consult the online job board ( Review of applications will begin on November 29, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. A complete application that demonstrates competencies in the above qualifications will include:

Curriculum Vita
A letter of application that highlights your specific qualifications for the position, including a discussion of your past teaching experiences and your preparation to teach and mentor students from groups historically underrepresented in higher education.
Contact information for three professional references.

About Westminster:

Westminster College is a place for self-reliant students of all backgrounds who seek lives of consequence. We are a private, independent college that has been advancing the liberal arts tradition in Utah since 1875. Our historic campus is the center of Salt Lake City's Sugar House neighborhood. Our mountain vistas inspire exploration, our urban surroundings provide endless opportunities, and our small classes promote inclusive dialogue. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. Our devoted faculty challenge students to engage their curiosity and pursue their passions through purpose-driven academic programs. Westminster is a place for expanding your worldview, innovating for the future, and launching a meaningful life. For more information visit


Postal Address:
Westminster College
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Education & Diversity Program Manager, APS, Maryland

Education & Diversity Program Manager
Title:Education & Diversity Program Manager
Department:APS Programs
Location:College Park, MD

Education & Diversity Program Manager
Who we are:
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.

Position Summary: 

APS is looking for an Education & Diversity Program Manager to manage the APS National Mentoring Community, which facilitates and supports mentoring relationships between African American, Hispanic American, and Native American undergraduate physics students and local physics mentors. As the new Education & Diversity Program Manager, your efforts will support physics students and mentors across the country, and ensure the diversity and inclusion of these populations within the field of physics.

  • Construct agendas for national meetings; invite speakers, and follow up with logistical concerns.
  • Facilitate events and meetings through management of task lists, agendas, and outcomes.
  • Develop assessments and evaluations to inform projects.
  • Organize project materials in accessible ways.
  • Track project budgets.
  • Supervises summer interns, consultants and contractors when necessary.
  • Write and edit articles, brochures, project reports, and web-based materials; coordinate larger publication projects involving many authors and/or writers.
  • Correspond via phone and email with faculty, students, committee members, and others in the broader physics community.
  • Interact with physics faculty, students, and administrators to promote APS efforts.
  • Create graphics, graphs, and other materials to promote programs.
  • Represent the department’s activities at conferences and other events.
  • Assist department in writing and editing documents such as grant proposals and white papers.
  • Other activities as assigned.
  • PhD in physics or similar field, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum three years of work experience or demonstrated skills/expertise.
  • Experience in organizing events and writing complex reports and promotional materials.
  • Familiarity with issues affecting physics community through direct experience with science research and pedagogy, and an ability to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders in the physics community.
  • Knowledge of peer-reviewed literature, reports and other publications related to diversity, inclusion, and mentoring preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills and customer service orientation desired.
  • Strong organization and documentation skills, and the ability to shift priorities when necessary.
  • Must be able to work well with interdepartmental teams, as well as independently.
  • Must be able to recognize critical issues or decisions that require deliberation based on complex interactions between project participants and stated policies.
  • Computer skills and high level of proficiency in standard office software are essential.
Our Mission:
To advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics for the benefit of humanity, promote physics, and serve the broader physics community, we:
  • Provide a welcoming and supportive professional home for an active, engaged, and diverse membership
  • Advance scientific discovery and research dissemination
  • Advocate for physics and physicists, and amplify the voice for science
  • Share the excitement of physics and communicate the essential role physics plays in the modern world
  • Promote effective physics education for all
The core values that drive our mission are:
  • The Scientific Method
  • Truth and Integrity
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect
  • Partnering, Cooperation, and Open Collaboration
  • Speaking Out
  • Education and Learning
The American Physical Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, pregnancy (including childbirth or related condition), citizenship, familial status, mental or physical disability, veteran status, genetic information, other non-disqualifying disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

We welcome you to apply today! 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

DBER Postdocs, University of Virginia

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Associates in Discipline-Based Education Research under the direction of Dr. Marilyne Stains (). The successful candidate(s) will primarily work on a NSF-funded research project (NSF CAREER #1552448) designed to characterize STEM faculty members' knowledge base for teaching, instructional practices, progressions of this knowledge and these practices over time, as well as influences of context on these progressions. Duties will include collecting, managing, and analyzing video tapes of STEM classrooms, course artifacts, interviews, and surveys. The candidate(s) will also have the opportunity to work on other NSF funded and non-funded projects.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A Ph.D. degree in discipline-based education research (e.g., chemical education research, physics education research, engineering education research, or biology education research) or a Ph.D. in Science Education with a research focus on higher education instructional practices is required by the appointment start date. Effective oral and written communication skills are required. A record of scientific publications in peer-reviewed science education journals will be highly valued. Desirable qualifications include knowledge and application of best practices in higher education teaching, learning, and assessment, as well as experience with faculty development. The successful candidate(s) will have a substantial background in quantitative and/or qualitative research design and methods, be able to work independently, and multi-task. The successful candidate will be expected to help mentor undergraduates and graduate students in the laboratory.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at   and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on October 26, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. 

This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Marilyne Stains, Professor, at (434) 923-6430EF0B9431 or

For questions about the application process, please contact Richard Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

TT, Holy Cross College, IN

Assistant Professor of Physics, Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, IN    

Background: The Mission of Holy Cross College is to educate and form global citizens with the competence to see and the courage to act. Holy Cross is a Catholic college that advances the apostolic mission of the Brothers of Holy Cross. Our practical, experiential, liberal arts curriculum applies timeless truths to contemporary life and leads people to wholeness in the image of Christ.

Typical Schedule: This is a full-time faculty position to begin July 2020.

Purpose: The Assistant/Associate Professor of Physics is a full-time, tenure-track position in the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. Responsibilities include teaching 12 credit hours of undergraduate courses per semester, including both calculus-based PHYS 151 (mechanics) and PHYS 152 (electricity and magnetism) each semester. All faculty members at Holy Cross are expected to share the responsibility of enhancing the Catholic learning experience for all students.

Minimum Education, Skills, and Ability:
·         A Ph.D. in Physics is required.
·         Previous college teaching experience preferred.
·         Ability to work effectively with a diverse student population.
·         Positive work experience in a Catholic college environment preferred.
·         The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to the Holy Cross College mission.

To Apply:  Visit this link ( for further details

Monday, October 14, 2019

Instructional Assistant Professor, University of Houston TX

Department of Physics
University of Houston

The Department of Physics at the University of Houston seeks applicants for an Instructional Assistant Professor position beginning in the fall semester of 2020. Candidates must have a PhD in Physics and strong communication skills. Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching undergraduate physics or astronomy using research-based methods, in physics education research, and/or in undergraduate curriculum development. Instructional Faculty at the University of Houston are not tenure-track but are eligible for promotion.  The successful applicant will be expected to teach three courses per semester; summer teaching may be available but is not required.  Instructional Faculty are eligible to draw a summer salary from other sources such as research funds should they be available.

Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter describing the applicant’s background and qualifications for the position, (2) a 1-2 page statement of philosophy, interest, and experience in teaching, and research interests, (3) a full curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, (4) sample teaching evaluations, if available (no more than 4 pages), and (5) contact information for three references.    Applicants must apply through  Posting # FAC1090. 

Applications submitted by November 1, 2019 will be given full consideration. The search will continue until the position is filled or closed.  The University of Houston, with one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, seeks to recruit and retain a diverse community of scholars.  The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Houston is a recipient of an NSF ADVANCE program.

Lecturer of Physics - Loyola University (Chicago) (Jesuit Catholic Institution)

BackgroundLoyola University Chicago (LUC), College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics invites applications for a lecturer position in the Department of Physics, beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year. The Department of Physics has extensive undergraduate teaching duties in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as in its own programs for Physics Majors and Minors. For information about the department, please visit
 Duties and Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities shall include a 4-4 teaching load, which includes introductory physics courses and labs for non-physics majors as well as courses for physics majors. In addition, the candidate must be willing to support the mission of LUC and the goals of a Jesuit Catholic Education. Experience with a wide variety of different educational, research, or other work activities, including industry, is a plus.
Minimum QualificationsThe successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related area, a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and a record of (or clear potential for) undergraduate mentorship.
Special Instructions to ApplicantsApplicants should submit, by December 1, 2019, a current Curriculum Vitae, a teaching statement, and a letter of interest to They also should provide the names and email addresses of three individuals prepared to speak to their professional qualifications for this position. Referees will not be contacted immediately but might be at subsequent points in the review process. Applicants should forward additional materials related to teaching excellence to:
Constantin Rasinariu, Ph.D.Chair, Department of Physics
Review of applications will begin on December 2, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled.
LUC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity – including a wide range of individuals who contribute to a robust academic environment – is critical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and services in an increasingly diverse society. Therefore, in holistically accessing the many qualifications of each applicant, we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes experience with an array of diverse perspectives, as well as a wide variety of different educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degrees.
As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a transformative education in the Jesuit tradition. To learn more about LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website at  For information about the university’s focus on transformative education, they should consult our website at

Undergrad Lab Supervisor - University of New Mexico

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico invites applications for a full-time (9 month) Lecturer II or Lecturer III to be the undergraduate laboratory supervisor in support of our introductory physics and astronomy classes. Responsibilities include supervising graduate student assistants teaching in laboratory sections; managing, maintaining, and developing laboratory and lecture demonstration equipment and pedagogical material; and supervision of a lecture-demonstration assistant. Occasional teaching of lower-division undergraduate physics or astronomy lecture courses is also expected. Rank and salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The expected start date is August 10, 2020 with classes beginning on August 17, 2020.
The successful candidate will be hired with the title of Lecturer of rank II or III. A minimum of an M.S. in physics, astronomy, or an equivalent field is required for Lecturer II; a PhD is required for a Lecturer III. Preference will be given to candidates with excellent records of teaching and managing lower-division undergraduate laboratories, a creative vision for pedagogical improvements in laboratory teaching, demonstrated supervisory skills, excellent communication skills and work ethic, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success as well as working with broadly diverse communities.
Applicants must submit an application through UNM Jobs at (posting number req10119). A complete application consists of a cover letter, CV, laboratory teaching statement, (if available) student/peer evaluations, and at least two letters of reference. Please see the special instructions included in the details of the posting at the above website.
For best consideration, all application materials, including letters of reference, must be received by December 9, 2019; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries can be addressed to the Search Chair, Prof. Huaiyu Duan, at
The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator. Qualified women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. 
Internal Number: req10119

About University of New Mexico
The University of New Mexico is the premier research university in the state of New Mexico, as well as a Carnegie R1 Highest Research Activity Institution and a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is partnering with ADVANCE at UNM, an NSF Institutional Transformation grant, to help recruit and retain an excellent and diverse faculty. UNM is located in Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico. Albuquerque is an ethnically diverse metropolitan area of over a half million residents that has been listed as one of the best small cities in the U.S. by National Geographic Traveler. The city has a rich culture and a location offering unparalleled opportunities for outdoor adventure. The University is located within one hour of Santa Fe, three hours of Taos, and within minutes of the Sandia and Manzano mountain ranges, which offer great opportunities for hiking, biking, rock climbing, skiing, and other outdoor activities.

TT in Physics - Covenant College (Georgia) (Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church)

The Physics Department at Covenant College, an agency of the Presbyterian Church in America and an academically rigorous Christian college emphasizing the liberal arts in the Reformed and Presbyterian tradition, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position beginning July 1, 2020.  
The candidate who fills this position will be expected to teach courses in the physics major, service courses in physics, and laboratory science for the general education requirement in natural science.  Candidates with a theoretical background who can teach mathematics courses at the upper level will be preferred.
A doctoral degree in Physics from a regionally accredited institution is required.  A desirable candidate will be an excellent teacher, will be dedicated to developing further as a Christian scholar and will be enthusiastic about active participation in the larger community of Christian scholars at the college.  Rank and compensation will be commensurate with experience. 
Interested and qualified candidates should send the following documentation to Dr. Jeff Hall:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A Testimony of Christian Faith and Experience
  • A Response to the Westminster Confession (located at indicating agreement, and any scruples, with rationales, with the Confession
  • Philosophy of Christian Higher Education

Dr. Jeff Hall 
Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Covenant College
14049 Scenic Highway
Lookout Mt., GA 30750   

About Covenant College
The mission of Covenant College is to explore and express the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all things. We educate Christians to engage culture and cultures, to examine and unfold creation, and to pursue biblical justice and mercy in community. With the student-faculty relationship and strong teaching and scholarship at the foundation, our Christ-centered community seeks to help students mature in three primary areas: Identity in Christ Biblical frame of reference Service that is Christ-like We offer the world biblically grounded men and women equipped to live out extraordinary callings in ordinary places.

Physics Teacher (Secondary School) - Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science is accepting applications for a faculty position in Physics for the current academic year.  The successful candidate will teach advanced courses in the area of expertise.  The ability and expertise to teach courses in multiple areas is desirable. 
  1. Master’s Degree or above in physics or related field.  A Ph.D. is preferred. 
  2. Five years of teaching experience at the secondary or post-secondary level.  A valid Mississippi teaching license (endorsement 189) is desirable. 
  1. Salary is based upon the established position scale.  Beginning salary ranges are from $56,087 to $59,359. 
  2. The position is contracted for 190 days.
  3. Reporting date will be negotiable
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  All applications will be acknowledged but only selected candidates will be interviewed.  The Faculty Employment Application is available for download from

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

TT, Science Education, University of Georgia

Hi PER friends,
I am writing to pass on a faculty position announcement in science education. The Department of Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Georgia invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Science Education to begin August 2020. I know there is keen interest in candidates with a physical science background. Applications received by October 18, 2019 are assured full consideration.
Visit: for more information.
Inquiries about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Julie Kittleson (

PER Postdoc, University of Washington

Postdoctoral Scholar - Physics Education Research

Position Overview

Organization: Physics
Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Physics Education Research

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington Physics Education Group, in collaboration with researchers at Seattle Pacific University and the University of Washington - Bothell, seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar to work on a recently-funded National Science Foundation grant, “Research and Curriculum Development to Leverage University Student Conceptual Resources for Understanding Physics.” The grant builds on an earlier project that ends this year. The new grant will:
  • Identify university student conceptual resources for understanding kinematics, linear momentum, electric circuits, and heat and temperature
  • Develop and test instructional materials that build on student resources
  • Study context-dependent patterns in resource use
  • Intentionally seek a representative sample of introductory physics students
  • Disseminate insights and resources from the project through PhysPort
An informational video for the project can be found here. For more details, interested candidates can consult the full grant narrative; to see results of pilot work, candidates can consult the previous grant’s publications and working manuscripts
The Postdoctoral Scholar would join a collaborative team that includes faculty Paula Heron (Physics, University of Washington Seattle), Amy Robertson (Physics, Seattle Pacific University), Rachel Scherr (Physics, University of Washington - Bothell), and Raphael Mondesir (Sociology, Seattle Pacific University).  
The Postdoctoral Scholar would be supported in choosing an independent and integrated strand of research (in Strands 1, 2, or 4 in the grant narrative) and would receive extensive professional development that includes travel to conferences, mentoring undergraduate and graduate researchers, and other skills identified collaboratively. 
Term of appointment: This position is a full-time, 12-month (one-year) appointment that may be extended up to a maximum of two years. The start date is flexible (between November 1, 2019, and January 30, 2020).  The Postdoctoral Scholar title is limited to five years, including postdoctoral  experience(s) at UW and other institutions.
Postdoctoral Scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.


Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Physics, Science Education, or a related field. Capacity and interest in supporting undergraduate and graduate student research, developing an independent strand of research with support, participating in project management, and presenting research in presentations and publications.


Applicants should submit a current CV, an in-progress or published manuscript, a list of three professional references (please let them know that we may contact them), and answers to the following questions (~1-2 short paragraphs each):
  1. Describe a professional accomplishment that you are proud of. What about this accomplishment makes you feel proud?
  2. Looking at the grant narrative, what is at least one strand of research that you feel confident you can immediately contribute to, and how? What is one strand of research you feel you can learn something from, and what is it?
  3. Describe an experience where you’ve supported someone in accomplishing a long-term task that you collaboratively identified. (This could be an undergraduate research project, or it could be a neighborhood project, or something altogether different.) How did you structure your time to accomplish this task, and what did your support role look like? What did you learn from this experience?
  4. What excites you the most about this project? 
  5. What is something you feel concerned about or intimidated by as you move into a postdoctoral research position?
  6. What kinds of professional development do you hope to gain as a postdoctoral research associate?  
Questions about this position should be directed to Paula Heron ( or Amy Robertson ( Candidates may contact Lisa Goodhew (, Lauren Bauman (, or Anne Alesandrini ( to learn more about what it is like to work with one or more members of the team.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity
The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian,
staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint
( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code
recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal
opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and
responsibilities (