Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Astronomy/Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
The College of New Jersey
Street Line 1: 
2000 Pennington Rd
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Physics at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites outstanding applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the field of astronomy/astrophysics to join our community starting late August 2019.

We seek a broadly trained scientist who has the potential to establish a highly visible undergraduate research program and who will be passionate about teaching at all levels of the curriculum in a primarily undergraduate, residential, liberal arts-centered institution. We are especially interested in candidates whose research and pedagogy will connect and integrate physics with other disciplines and who have the potential to collaboratively contribute to interdisciplinary curricular and scholarly efforts within the School of Science and at the College. The successful candidate will also display dedication to inclusive excellence in STEM and higher education.

The search is focused on candidates who can support the department’s astrophysics degree specialization. This includes teaching introductory and advanced level astronomy and astrophysics courses, some physics courses, and establishing a student-centered research program. We welcome candidates in all areas of specialization within astrophysics/astronomy. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, those that can utilize our new Planewave 0.7 m Corrected Dall-Kirkham telescope. An earned doctorate in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, or a closely related field is required. Although post-doctoral experience is preferred, other backgrounds will be considered; ABDs will be considered only if the degree will be completed prior to the start date.

Teaching and research are mutually supportive activities at TCNJ. Candidates should be strongly committed to the teacher-scholar model, to maintaining both high-quality teaching and an active and productive research program involving highly motivated undergraduates, and to seeking external funding consistent with this mission. Our expectation is that a substantial portion of the new faculty member’s research will be performed on campus and will involve undergraduates. Faculty members also serve as academic advisors and have service responsibilities within the Department, School, and College. A dedicated research laboratory in our newly renovated building and competitive start-up funds will be provided.

To Apply

To apply, compile a single PDF file containing the items listed below:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy (3 pages maximum)
  • Description of research interests, including the role of undergraduates (3 pages maximum)
  • Statement of commitment to inclusivity and diversity (3 pages maximum)
  • Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

In addition, three confidential letters of recommendation are required, including at least one commenting on teaching effectiveness. Letters should be emailed directly by the recommenders to physics@tcnj.edu with the name of the candidate in the subject line.

Link to apply: https://chm.tbe.taleo.net/chm03/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=TCNJ&cws=37&rid=515

Applications are due by October 15, 2018. Late submissions will be considered if a suitable candidate pool is not identified by the deadline. Final offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation.

About the Department of Physics

The Physics Department, which currently has nine full-time, tenure-line faculty members and approximately 90 majors, is housed in a modern STEM complex that offers state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities and instrumentation, including a new 0.7 m telescope, a new high-performance computing cluster, a 48-seat planetarium, and new research-grade SEM and AFM facilities. TCNJ’s Department of Physics is consistently ranked by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTec) as a national leader in the graduation of both physics majors and of high school physics teachers. For more information about the department, visit: http://physics.tcnj.edu/.


Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
RID 515