Assistant Professor of Physics, Astrophysics, or Physics Education - JRID45572

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
October 31, 2013
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
November 1, 2013
Job Details
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution/Company Name: 
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Submission Address for Resumes/CVs
Attention To: 
Professor Brian O'Shea
Job Announcement Text: 

Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI invites applications for a tenure-track, academic year position as an assistant professor of physics beginning in August 2014.  The position will be appointed jointly between the physics group in Lyman Briggs College (LBC) (75%) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy (PA) in the College of Natural Science.

Candidates must have a PhD in physics or astronomy.  Preference will be given to applicants with undergraduate-focused teaching experience, as well as to applicants who do physics education research, or theoretical/computational physics or astrophysics research.  Duties include teaching a calculus-based physics course sequence for science majors in the LBC physics program, teaching one course (typically at the upper undergraduate or graduate level) in the Physics and Astronomy Department, and maintaining an active research program.  Salary and start-up support is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Founded in 1967, LBC ( is a vibrant undergraduate, residential, liberal arts college at MSU focusing on the study of science and its impact on society. The LBC curriculum integrates the natural sciences and mathematics with the history, philosophy and sociology of science. The LBC student body is 60% women and 20% students of color; also, 20% belong to MSU’s Honors College. Faculty work closely with students in small classes and with student groups such as the Briggs Multi-racial Alliance and Women in Science. LBC is also a leading center for research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and for interdisciplinary scholarship. Each tenure-track faculty member has a joint appointment in a disciplinary department to support their scholarship and professional development.

The joint appointment with the Department of Physics and Astronomy ( will add to MSU’s investment in increasing cross-college collaboration.  The Department of Physics and Astronomy is looking for candidates who will establish an independent research program in any area of theoretical or computational physics, including Biophysics, High Energy, Astronomy or Astrophysics, or Condensed Matter.  Successful candidates will have experience with or demonstrate potential for securing outside funding. 

This position can be found on the MSU Applicant Page (, posting # 8277.  Applications must be uploaded to MSU’s online job application site,, and should include a cover letter, CV, teaching portfolio, and statement of research interests.  For teaching portfolio details see  In addition, three letters of recommendation addressing the candidate’s research and teaching must be submitted electronically by the recommenders through the application system.  Complete applications should be received by November 1, 2013, but review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Questions regarding this position may be directed to the search committee chair, Professor Brian O’Shea, at 

Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.  Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must provide a document of employment authorization for the U.S.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.  MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity, and the University actively encourages applications from women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Included Benefits: 

MSU provides generous fringe benefits.