The Department of Physics in the College of Science and Mathematics invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Astronomy. Georgia Southern University (www.georgiasouthern.edu), a member institution of the University System of Georgia and a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, is one of Georgia’s premier universities. A residential university serving more than 20,500 students, Georgia Southern is recognized for providing all of the benefits of a major university with the feeling of a much smaller college. Founded in 1906, the University offers more than 100 campus-based and online degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels through eight colleges. The more than 900 acre park-like campus is located in Statesboro, a classic Main Street community near historic Savannah and Hilton Head Island.
The Physics Department’s mission is to provide majors with a strong undergraduate physics/astronomy education that will form the foundation for the pursuit of advanced degrees or professional careers in medicine, industry and education, to provide excellent instruction in introductory physics and astronomy to non-majors, and to conduct original and nationally recognized research in physics and astronomy.
Position Description: Reporting to the Department Chair, the assistant professor in Astronomy position requires teaching, research, and service responsibilities as well as a terminal degree. We seek an enthusiastic individual with broad intellectual interests who will complement our department and establish a strong and active research program. The position is a 9-month tenure-track appointment and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
• Candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or closely related field by August 1, 2014.
• Candidates must be accomplished scientists with an established research program.
• Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to involve undergraduate students in research.
• Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence.
• Candidates must be proficient in both written and spoken English.
• A record of securing external funding associated with a focused program of research.
• At least one year experience teaching physics or astronomy.
• Post-doctoral research experience.
• An active research program in the field of observational or computational galactic/extragalactic astrophysics.
Screening of applications will start November 4, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. The preferred starting date is August 1, 2014. A complete application consists of a cover letter addressing the qualifications cited above, a curriculum vitae (including a list of publications), a statement of teaching philosophy, and a description of current and future research. The applicant’s cover letter should also include the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least 3 professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications should be submitted electronically in PDF format to Mrs. Linda Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org, care of:
Dr. James L. Higdon, Search Committee Chair
Department of Physics
Georgia Southern University
P. O. Box 8031
Statesboro GA 30460
Electronic mail: email@example.com
Telephone: (912) 478-5292
Inquiries about the position should be made to Prof. Higdon at the above address. More information about Georgia Southern University and the Physics Department is available at http://www.georgiasouthern.edu and http://cosm.georgiasouthern.edu/physics. Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities and who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service within the University and beyond. Georgia is an Open Records state. Georgia Southern University is an AA/EO institution. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact the Associate Provost.