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Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Physics

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vassar College invites applications for a tenure‐track assistant Professor of Physics, beginning fall semester 2019.  Vassar College is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply. 

The candidate should have a PhD in Physics or a related discipline, a commitment to undergraduate education, and a plan to develop and maintain a robust research program that would engage undergraduates. We welcome applications from physicists in any field that will inspire students to develop hands-on, computational, or theoretical research skills. Our current physics research areas include optics, biophysics, solid state, and physics education research. The department currently consists of two astronomers and four physicists (one on a joint appointment with a multidisciplinary program) in tenure track positions (see https://physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu).

The teaching load in the first year is four courses. In ensuing years, it will be five courses per year, or four plus an “intensive,” a course where students work with faculty on projects, theses, independent research, or other forms of closely-mentored student learning. Vassar faculty teach at all levels of the curriculum, advise students, and serve on college‐wide and departmental committees. The College maintains a generous leave policy, provides strong support for research, and encourages multidisciplinary approaches to teaching.

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Candidates should upload (1) a letter of application, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and teaching experience, (4) a statement of research and experience and proposed student engagement, and (5) a statement of diversity, highlighting contributions to and/or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through teaching, research and/or professional involvements (see additional information at http://deanofthefaculty.vassar.edu/positions/candidate-diversity-statement.html), (6) a graduate school transcript (unofficial copies accepted for initial application), and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded to that site. For inquiries, email Prof. Debra Elmegreen, Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy, elmegreen@vassar.edu.

For full consideration, complete applications should be received by January 15, 2019; applications received after that date will be considered until the position is filled.

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Vassar College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.