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Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics (2 Positions): Union College

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College invites applications for two one-year Visiting Assistant Professor positions in physics starting in September 2018. Applicants should have some teaching experience and a strong commitment to undergraduate education. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed the Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a related area.

Union is a highly selective, small (2200 students) liberal arts college with an engineering program, located in the Capital District of New York State, a region heavily engaged in science and research and development. The Department of Physics and Astronomy ( includes eleven full-time faculty in a variety of fields including astrophysics, atomic physics, biophysics, computational physics, environmental physics, geophysics, nuclear physics, materials science, and art restoration research. 

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status.

Applicants should submit a cover letter including a statement regarding goals and ability to contribute to a diverse community, a detailed curriculum vita, a statement on teaching with emphasis on philosophy of teaching and mentoring a diverse set of undergraduates, a statement of research interests, and names and contact information for three references through our online application available at (search on “physics” in the Search Jobs box). An email will be sent automatically to references requesting a letter of recommendation. Note that all new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check. Questions about the position may be addressed to We will begin the review of applications on February 5, 2018, and continue until the positions are filled

[posted January 9, 2018]

Boston Children's Museum: EXHIBIT DEVELOPER
Position Description: Working closely with the Exhibit Staff, and as part of Exhibit Project Teams, the Exhibit Developer will be responsible for shepherding exhibit components from conception through an iterative prototyping phase, and on to design and fabrication. Reporting to the Director of Exhibits, this position will collaborate with content experts, designers, educators, artists, and fabricators, to develop new experiences for Boston Children’s Museum and for projects with other client museums.


  • BA required. Four or more years exhibit development experience in a museum setting or equivalent experience.
  • A creative, innovative, thoughtful, hands-on approach to exhibits, and passion for making, inventing and building. They will be a creative do-er, able to build working (if rough) prototypes in a variety of media, and make novel ideas work in the museum environment.
  • Basic experience in prototype fabrication using some combination of wood, metal, and plastic fabrication. Basic knowledge of digital media, microcontrollers and electronic sensors.
  • Ability to communicate ideas to other team members in appropriate media as necessary (scale models, CAD, hand sketches, etc.).
  • Experience with exhibit development for young audiences and a child-centered approach to exhibits, consistent with our emphasis on child-directed play and exploration, creativity and discovery; as well as the ability to develop experiences engaging to adult parents and other caregivers.
  • Experience applying user research and formative evaluation, and working with an iterative development process, (including prototyping, formative evaluation, and revision based on visitor input).
  • Our exhibit development process is team-based, and projects requires collaboration skills and coordination with other team members, as well as the capacity to work independently to move an idea forward.
  • Demonstrated comfort interfacing with visitors to test new ideas, and willingness to work weekend days and Friday evenings to test prototypes with new audiences.
  • The successful candidate will have a strong portfolio of hands-on exhibits they have developed.
  • Experience working across many content areas; including topics such as STEAM, Culture, and Performing Arts.
  • Experience with access and accessibility, and universal design.

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. This is a 1+-year position with the possibility to extend depending on developing projects.

[posted December 22, 2017]

Open rank position in STEM - Bates College

Bates College invites applications for an open rank faculty position, broadly defined, to encompass any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) discipline at Bates. The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in supporting the success of students from underrepresented groups, in addition to commitment to excellence and innovation in both teaching and scholarship.

Bates College is a small residential liberal arts college that offers majors in the STEM departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy, as well as the interdisciplinary programs of Environmental Studies and Neuroscience. The position is open to applicants at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank. The candidate will teach in the department or program of appointment, develop a strong research program, mentor undergraduate thesis students, and participate in our work to strengthen the success of students in sciences, and mathematics, acknowledging barriers connected to identities of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, first generation to college, and all possible intersections thereof. The committee welcomes candidates with any research focus, including applications from scholars who study the efficacy of undergraduate science and math education.

Review of applications begins January 10, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. A PhD in a STEM field is expected.

[posted November 26, 2017]

Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor - Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University's Physics Department is seeking candidates to fill two teaching positions as Assistant or Associate Professor of the Practice beginning July 1, 2018. The department has an ongoing initiative to address the growing and increasingly diverse population of students in our introductory sequences. These candidates will work together with the department to build an innovative curriculum that incorporates validated best practices from physics education research.

The successful candidate will teach five courses during an academic year. Four of these will be laboratory and lecture courses associated with one of our two introductory sequences. The fifth course will be an upper level or introductory physics course. Collaboration with a current faculty member in ongoing physics education research is also possible. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physics or related field in hand by the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant Professor of the Practice; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the Ph.D. in Physics or related field within one year of hire. The ideal candidates will have teaching experience. The initial appointments will be for 3 years. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level. 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.

Evaluation of applications will begin on January 15, 2018.

[posted November 26, 2017]

AIP Congressional Science Fellow

The American Institute of Physics annually sponsors a scientist to spend a year providing analytical expertise and scientific advice to Congress. The program enables scientists to broaden their experience through direct involvement with the legislative and policy processes. Fellows gain a perspective which, ideally, will enhance not only their own careers but also the physics community’s ability to more effectively communicate with its representatives in Congress.

Find out more and apply at Applications close January 15, 2018.

[posted November 26, 2017]

 Tenure Track Assistant Professor, NYU

The Center for Quantum Phenomena is the newly established Center within the NYU Physics Department. After the highly anticipated inaugural opening in June the Center is ambitiously pursuing the plans for future significant growth, and is committed to further the development and advancement in the field of quantum phenomena. Currently, the Center has 28 members, including faculty, postdocs and graduate students.

Successful candidates for this position should demonstrate the strong ability of establishing a leading research program in his/her field, as well as the essential qualities in becoming excellent teachers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The interested applicants must provide a letter describing current and planned research and teaching activities, a curriculum vitae, list of publications, and the names of at least three references. The closing date for applications for this position is Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The position can begin as early as September 1, 2018. For further information about this search and the submission of the applications, please visit the webpage.

The applications from women, racial and ethic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession, across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity are strongly encouraged.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2018

[posted September 22, 2017]