Friday, January 29, 2021

Multiple Fixed-Term Assistant Professor Positions, Michigan State

 Fixed-term Assistant Professor Positions, MSU Dept. of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering

 Michigan State University’s Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE) invites applications for several Fixed-term Assistant Professor positions with a starting date of Fall 2021. These new positions are currently set to be a 2 course per semester teaching load with the possibility of a reduction to 1 course per semester. Instructional courses taught in CMSE focus on computational modeling and/or data science. Successful candidates will receive training in research-based teaching pedagogy, will have the opportunity to perform research in collaboration with CMSE faculty members, and will be able to participate in a range of additional professional development opportunities. These positions are potentially renewable on an annual basis through Spring 2024, contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in any field of mathematics, science, or engineering by August 15, 2021, as well as have substantial experience in computational or data science, which may include the development of numerical algorithms or their application to a particular field of study. Applicants are also expected to be able to program using Python, R, or a sufficiently similar language. In addition, previous teaching experience (either as a TA or instructor) is desired. Fixed-term Assistant Professors will be paired with one or more faculty mentors with whom they have compatible research interests and will engage in CMSE’s instructional training and mentoring program. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to potential faculty collaborators prior to the deadline to discuss research opportunities - a directory of CMSE faculty members can be found at . Candidates will be evaluated on their potential to excel in teaching and research, and in their ability to contribute to a diverse departmental environment. The baseline salary for this position is $60K; in the event that a research collaboration is established with a faculty member, additional salary may be negotiated.

Applicants should apply to position #691533 via MSU’s online job application website, . Required materials include a cover letter summarizing qualifications, a CV, vision statements for teaching and research, and at least three letters of reference. The research statement should address the candidate’s overlap of research interests with members of the department and identify faculty members with whom the applicant might collaborate. In addition, in both statements, the candidate should explain how their efforts in teaching and research have supported the success of students from backgrounds that are underrepresented or disadvantaged in their academic fields. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should explain how their future efforts will further MSU’s commitment to diversity. Positions include standard MSU benefits, which includes medical insurance. A background check is required for employment.

We will begin reviewing the applications starting from Feb 22, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis thereafter until the position is filled. The posting will close on April 30, 2021. Nominations or questions are welcome by contacting the search committee chair, Arjun Krishnan, via email at . The positions will start August 2021.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Teaching Assistant Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA



Assistant Teaching Professor




Physics Department


Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI


The Department of Physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute invites applications for a non-tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Teaching Professor to begin in the Fall of 2021. A successful candidate is expected to have continued appointments with opportunities for professional development and advancement in rank.


The ideal applicant should have a strong potential for excellence in teaching and will have the opportunity to teach a broad range of introductory and upper-level undergraduate physics courses as well as develop interdisciplinary courses that fit the candidate’s expertise and compliment or expand our current programs at WPI.  The candidate will also engage in mentoring students in WPI’s signature Project Based Learning curriculum, develop outreach activities, engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and participate in other activities in the department and throughout the WPI community.  Candidates from underrepresented groups and women are especially encouraged to apply.  The ideal applicant will have a PhD in Physics or a closely related area with teaching experience related to physics.  The department’s webpage can be found at

WPI, founded in 1865, is one of the nation’s oldest technological universities. WPI is a highly selective private university with an undergraduate student body of over 4500 and 2080 full‐time and part‐time graduate students enrolled in more than 50 Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. programs. Its innovative project‐enriched curriculum engages students and faculty in real‐world problem solving, often at one of WPI’s global project centers. At WPI the boundaries to multidisciplinary collaboration are low. Faculty members, students, and other partners work together on the real-world projects and purposeful research that are hallmarks of the WPI experience. We are most proud of a recent No. 1 ranking for “faculty who best combine research and teaching.” (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Ed, 2016).  Located one hour west of Boston, the university’s campus is in Worcester, Massachusetts, a thriving 21st century college city recognized as a growing hub of scientific and technological innovation.

Applicants should submit:

1) Cover letter

2) Curriculum vitae

3) Teaching experiences and plans

4) Contact information for at least three references

The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their teaching, scholarship, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the WPI academic communities.  Questions can be addressed to the Department Head of Physics at  Applications will be reviewed as they are received starting January 29, 2021.


United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

Friday, January 22, 2021

TT in Physics/ Physics Education, National Changhua University, Taiwan


Department of Physics

National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan

Tenure Track Faculty Positions


The Department of Physics at the National Changhua University of Education invites applications for one tenure-track faculty position in Physics and Physics Education beginning February 1, 2022. We seek outstanding candidates in all fields of physics. A Ph. D. degree in physics or a closely related field is required while a significant postdoctoral research experience is preferred. The successful candidate will teach courses in undergraduate and graduate levels and is expected to establish a strong independent research program. Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, three representative publications, research and teaching statements, and arrange for at least three reference letters to be sent to: Search Committee, Department of Physics, National Changhua University of Education, 1 Jin-De Rd. Changhua 50007, Taiwan, email: Application deadline: August 31, 2021.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

TT in Science or Math Education Research (open discipline), San Diego State, CA

 Science or Mathematics Education Research (Open Discipline) 

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position

The College of Sciences seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in education research in the fields of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, statistics, or physics beginning Fall 2021. Candidates are expected to develop a robust research program that includes external funding and scholarly productivity, teach departmental courses, and mentor departmental undergraduate and graduate (masters and doctoral) students. Additionally, faculty will have opportunities to supervise Ph.D. students in the Joint Doctoral Program in Mathematics and Science Education (MSED,, offered with the University of California at San Diego. We are also looking for a colleague to join our large group of mathematics and science educators, from the College of Sciences and the College of Education, who conduct collaborative research through the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE, 

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field, and postdoctoral experience is preferred. A strong record of scholarship is required. The candidate will be expected to establish and grow an externally funded research program resulting in peer-reviewed publications with SDSU undergraduate and graduate students. Disciplinary expertise for teaching majors courses at the undergraduate level is required. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience and a demonstrated commitment to the academic success and mentoring of a diverse student population.

The candidate will be appointed to the appropriate disciplinary department in the College of Sciences ( Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geological Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, or Physics. 

Applicants should apply via Interfolio at Questions about the position may be directed to Search Committee Chair, Joanne Lobato, at Review of applications will begin on February 12, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, names and contact information for three letters of recommendation, and a statement explaining how you meet at least two or more of the Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria given below.

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and (h) research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. 

San Diego State University is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. SDSU is currently designated as a Doctoral / Research-Intensive University by the Carnegie Foundation. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 84 areas, masters in 76 and doctorates in 21. See for more information. SDSU is also a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

TT PER at Ryerson Polytechnic in Toronto, Canada

 Tenure Track Position in Physics Pedagogy 

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the  territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Physics Pedagogy.  The appointment shall be effective 1 July 2021, subject to final budgetary approval. 

This position is an integral part of the Faculty of Science Strategic Plan to create a world-class group in Science Education Research, beginning with a cluster of four positions, one in each of Computer Science, Chemistry/Biology, Mathematics and Physics departments. In addition to being part of the new cluster in Science Education, the successful applicant will join the present strong core of physicists in the Department of Physics with research interests in Medical Physics and Complex Systems. With this position, the Department is expanding into Physics Education Research (PER). As such, we invite applicants with expertise in Physics Education Research who have demonstrated exceptional levels of excellence in teaching Science courses as well as the development of novel undergraduate laboratories and curricula based on present day PER research. 

The successful candidate will: contribute to our undergraduate and graduate programs through teaching [physics and/or astronomy courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels], mentor and supervise undergraduate and graduate students; contribute to the development of curricula and course design; develop a strong and innovative research program in Physics Education Research that is externally funded and that produces cutting-edge, high quality results; and engage in the life of the Department, Faculty and University through service activities while maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities.


Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field. In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of: 

  • strong emerging scholarly research and/or creative activity that is current, innovative and impactful as evidenced by, but not limited to, peer-reviewed publications, working papers, public policy contributions, presentations at academic conferences, community and professional work, grants, research related awards and other writing or creative production that contributes to the visibility and prominence of the discipline; 
  • practical experience in research, applications and development of material related to physics education research; 
  • meaningful engagement of undergraduate and graduate students in their proposed research; 
  • demonstrated potential for teaching excellence at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum, as evidenced by a teaching dossier that includes a teaching philosophy statement, experience with course and curriculum review and/or development, examples of best practices in pedagogy, including familiarity with a variety of contemporary, research-based teaching practices techniques, and emerging technologies for instruction, effective use of classroom technology and any experience with experiential learning, sample syllabi, strong teaching evaluations, teaching awards, and other relevant achievements in teaching;
  • strong communication and expository skills and a demonstrated ability to supervise undergraduate students; 
  • enthusiasm about teaching physics and/or astronomy classes at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, including general education courses and physics majors’ courses;
  • endorsements/recommendations by recognized referees;
  • experience and interest in upper-division PER and/or educational technologies – as they apply to online/remote teaching and learning as well as the development of online (virtual) undergraduate laboratories;
  • commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and 
  • an ability to contribute to the life of the Department, Faculty and the University through collegial service. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

PER Postdoc, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Physics Education Research

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate in Physics Education Research

(PER) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of I). The work of the University of

Illinois PER Group bridges fundamental principles of physics cognition, learning, and

understanding with large-scale, classroom implementation.

The primary duties of this position will be to work on a collaborative team that manages and

conducts research on the Illinois Physics and Secondary Schools (IPaSS) Partnership program

( The IPaSS program is an NSF-funded project that brings

together high school physics teachers with U of I personnel to develop and implement high-

quality, high school physics instruction. The research project investigates three strands: (1)

program impact on teacher professional development and practice, (2) program impact on

student learning and post-secondary pursuit of STEM careers, and (3) adaptation of university

physics curricula to high school physics settings. The IPaSS team consists of Tim Stelzer (PI),

Eric Kuo, Maggie Mahmood, Morten Lundsgaard, and Rebecca Wiltfong.

The preferred start date is Summer 2021. The position is a full-time, 12-month appointment

that may be extended up to a maximum of three years. Candidates are expected to have

earned or be close to earning a Ph.D. in Physics Education Research, Science Education,

Learning Sciences, or a related field.


 Help shape the development of project research strands

 Collaborate on project data collection and analysis

 Co-develop and support professional development program activities

 Present research through conference presentations and journal articles

 There are also opportunities to get involved on other projects in the U of I PER group.

Desired qualifications:

 Knowledge of science teacher professional development models and current trends

 Experience with quantitative research methods, including experimental or within-

subjects designs

 Experience with qualitative research methods, including video analysis in STEM

classroom/teacher professional development settings or interviewing

 Experience working in collaborative teams on projects with high logistical demands

 Strong writing, communication, and/or presentation skills

 Capacity and interest in supporting undergraduate and graduate student research.

Applications should be submitted electronically

at and should include a cover letter,

CV, research statement, and three letters of recommendation. Please direct questions about

the position to PI Tim Stelzer ( or Eric Kuo ( Review of

applications will begin on February 28, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Any offer for this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal

background check process in accordance with the University of Illinois Background Check


The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified

applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color,

national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with

a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas

who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. For more information,