Monday, November 30, 2020

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - Undergraduate Physics Education at the University of Toronto

Date Posted: 11/18/2020
Closing Date: 01/20/2021, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 970
Job Category: Faculty - Teaching Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Department of Physics
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)




The Department of Physics in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time teaching stream position in the area of Undergraduate Physics Education. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.


Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Physics or a related field by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching.   We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement the existing strengths of the Department of Physics. Candidates must have teaching expertise in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate level, including preparation and delivery of lectures and undergraduate physics labs, curriculum development, and development of online material/lectures.  Additionally, candidates must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellent pedagogical practices and a demonstrated interest in teaching-related scholarly activities. 


Evidence of excellence in teaching and pedagogical inquiry can be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, awards and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including a strong teaching statement, sample syllabi and course materials, and teaching evaluations, as well as strong letters of reference from referees of high standing. 


Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


For information about the Department of Physics, please visit us at


All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below.


Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; and a complete teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample syllabi and course materials, and teaching evaluations. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1‐2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.


Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference, including at least one primarily addressing the candidate’s teaching, sent directly by the referee via email (on letterhead, dated, and signed) to the Department of Physics Chair, Kimberly Strong, at, by the closing date.  PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University's automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters. 


Submission guidelines can be found at  If you have questions about this position, please contact Mr. Chris McGugan at


All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by the closing date of January 20, 2021.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Two-Year Postdoctoral Fellow in PER, University of Lund, Sweden

Lunds universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, fysiska institutionen

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The Department of Physics is with a staff of about 350 scientists and educators one of the largest departments within Lund University. There are seven research divisions and a number of research centra within the department. The research activities at the department cover a broad spectrum of modern physics.

Subject description
Physics Education Research (PER) focuses on educational aspects of teaching and learning in physics in general, including its many sub-disciplines. Rather than studies in the discipline of physics, PER studies the challenges entailed for pupils, students, and their teachers when learning, or teaching, physics. PER explores questions such as how knowledge can be formed and disseminated in more productive ways, the effects that social and cultural practices have on learning, and how these effects are conveyed. The research at Lund University Physics Education Research Group (LUPER) is associated with the Swedish National Resource Centre for Physics Education (NRCF) and focuses on physics education at university level (including physics teacher education and physics teacher professional development education) but does not exclude other levels in the educational system, from preschool to upper-secondary school. The research is thus linked to NRCF's mission regarding support for teaching physics at various levels within the Swedish educational system. The research in PER at Lund University focuses on studies of learning processes through the disciplinary communication between pupils/students and teachers which is mediated by all the ‘semiotic resources’ used in the disciplines—theoretically described by, for example, social semiotics. Of particular interest to this research is the use of programming, technical equipment, embodied experiences, as well as visualisations in 3D and 4D using AR, VR and planetarium (dome theatres), and how these can affect learning processes. Furthermore, studies of pupils'/students'/teachers' perceptions and understanding of space and time (space-time)—for large and small scales—are of particular interest.

Work duties
The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

The work duties can also include:

  • Research within the subject area (PER) linked to NRCF’s activities.
  • Supervision of degree projects.
  • Collaboration with schools, their teachers, and wider society.

Qualification requirements
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position (PER, physics with specialisation in PER), completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier. According to the regulations the applicant must have a PhD degree. This requirement is fulfilled if the applicant by the end of the application period have fulfilled all parts of a PhD even though the PhD certificate may not be attached to the application. However, should the applicant be offered the position, a certificate must be presented before the university can make the final decision about the employment.

Additional requirements:

  • High level of oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Publications in peer-reviewed international PER journals.
  • Experience in teaching at university and/or school level.

Assessment criteria and other qualifications
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers.

Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • Excellent ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills.

Additional assessment criteria:

  • Teacher education
  • Teaching experience (primary, secondary, or upper-secondary school level)
  • Knowledge in Swedish or other Scandinavian languages (Norwegian or Danish).

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

 Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English or a Scandinavian language (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) and be compiled into a PDF-file containing:

  • Personal letter
  • Résumé/CV, including a list of publications,
  • A general description of past research and future research interests (no more than three pages),
  • Contact information to at least two references, and,
  • Copy of the doctoral degree certificate, and other certificates/grades that you wish to be considered.
Type of employmentTemporary position longer than 6 months
Contract typeFull time
First day of employmentAs soon as possible, according to agreement
SalaryMonthly salary
Number of positions1
Working hours100%
CountySkåne län
Reference numberPA2020/3452
  • Urban Eriksson, Associate Professor, +46 73 0593962
  • Magdalena Brossing, HR coordinator, +46 46 222 95 62
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Last application date01.Dec.2020 11:59 PM CET

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

One-Semester VAP, Wesleyan University CT

 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Wesleyan University


Wesleyan University’s Department of Physics invites applications for a one-semester full-time Visiting Assistant Professor beginning February 1, 2021 for the four month spring term. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics. A background in physics education research or experience with innovative teaching methods will be particularly welcome. The successful candidate will teach two sections of non-calculus introductory physics and supervise graduate teaching assistants in four associated laboratory sections. Substantial pedagogic and mentoring resources will be available. Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college that values both scholarship and teaching very highly, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers competitive salaries and benefits.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics.


You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are a (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae containing a summary of teaching experience, and (3) a brief statement of teaching interests. In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college’s commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or under-served groups. You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation.


Applications completed by November 25, 2020 will receive full consideration.


Please contact Dana Gordon-Gannuscio at email if you have questions about the application process. Visa sponsorship is not normally available.


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Friday, November 6, 2020

Assistant Teaching Professor - University of Washington Bothell

The University of Washington Bothell (UWB) seeks dynamic physics educators to join the Physical Sciences Division of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We invite applicants for one or more full-time (100%) Assistant Teaching Professor positions for a 9-month service period with opportunities to teach during the summer. Appointments are for up to five years, renewable, and are not tenure eligible. The start date is September 16, 2021.                                                                  

The primary responsibilities of this position are teaching, mentoring undergraduates, and service. The successful candidate is expected to engage in modern pedagogy, engage students in undergraduate research, contribute to UW Bothell’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and work enthusiastically in an inclusive and interdisciplinary culture of learning.  More information about our Physics program is available here

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Assistant Professor (PER) at San José State University

The San José State University Department of Physics and Astronomy is hiring in Physics Education Research! If you have questions you may contact Cassandra Paul ( or Gina Quan ( following job listing appears at


Department Summary

The faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science, at San José State University is a team of dedicated teacher-scholars recognized for our commitment to excellent teaching, to engaging students in research projects, and to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in Physics and in STEM disciplines more broadly. We invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Physics Education Research (PER) or Astronomy Education Research (AER).

Required Qualifications

A doctoral degree in Physics, Astronomy, Science Education, or closely-related discipline is required. Candidates should have research experience relating to physics education research or astronomy education research. They must demonstrate the potential for meaningful engagement of undergraduate and Masters students in their proposed research. They also should be familiar with a variety of contemporary, research-based teaching practices techniques, and emerging technologies for instruction.

Applicants should demonstrate that they are prepared for and enthusiastic about teaching physics and/or astronomy classes at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, including general education courses, physics majors’ courses, and/or lower-division physics.

Applicants should have awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other
comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates who have an interest in upper-division PER and/or educational technologies - especially those applicable to online/remote teaching and learning - are particularly encouraged to apply. We highly value experience with and commitment to service in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion in physics and/or STEM in general. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who have a record of such activities, whether or not this service was formally required by previous positions.


The successful candidate will teach physics and/or astronomy courses at the undergraduate and/or Master’s level. She or he will develop a research program in physics education research or astronomy education research, mentor undergraduate and MS students in research, and seek external funds to carry out research. The candidate will participate in shared governance of the University, usually on department, college, and university committees, and other service assignments. The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Salary Range - To commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date - August 2021

Eligibility - Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure:

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents for full consideration by January 8, 2021:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two-page statement of teaching interests, experience, and/or philosophy,
  • Two-page statement describing plans to meaningfully engage undergraduate and MS students in research
  • Two-page statement of experience with and/or future plans to promote equity, inclusion, or diversity in physics and/or STEM
  • The names and contact information of three references

Please include Job Number on all correspondence.