The Simpson College Department of Chemistry and Physics invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Physics to begin in August 2017. A Ph.D. in physics or a closely related area is required.
Simpson College is a private, nationally recognized regional college grounded in the liberal arts tradition and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The main campus is located in Indianola, Iowa just 12 minutes from the capital city of Des Moines. Simpson College encourages innovative teaching and seeks colleagues who will help its students of all ages develop critical intellectual skills, and nurture values which foster personal worth and individuality for the purpose of living lives of leadership within a creative, diverse, and just community.
We seek an enthusiastic and energetic candidate with innovative ideas to grow and strengthen a young physics program. Candidates must be able to teach physics at all levels of the undergraduate physics curriculum including laboratories, as well as courses for general education and courses emphasizing writing skills. In addition, the candidate will be expected to participate in the curricular and recruitment efforts of the department, participate in student advising, serve on faculty committees, participate in other all-college events and tasks, and to demonstrate support for the mission of the institution. Potential for leadership in the department and for the college would be a plus.
The Division of Science and Mathematics is one of the strongest divisions of the college and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration where appropriate. The division is housed in one building. Candidates with innovative and demonstrable laboratory and hands-on skills would be a plus. The candidate must have strong speaking, writing and personal organization skills.
The successful candidate will be the second physicist in a Chemistry and Physics department of five members. Our program offers majors in Physics and Physics-Engineering (3-2) with about 20 majors total. We have an active SPS club chapter and a Sigma Pi Sigma honor society chapter. Many of our students are interested in practical applications of physics and engineering (e.g. materials science, alternative/renewable energy issues, photonics, etc.) as well as the more theoretical areas (e.g. high energy, GR, and dark matter physics), so long as they can be made undergraduate-accessible.
The current area of expertise in the department is in optics, lasers, and atomic physics. We hope to find a candidate with expertise in perhaps a different but complementary field which would be of general interest to our students. For example, candidates with expertise in experimental Nanoscience or Material Science and the ability to integrate our new atomic force microscope into the curriculum (perhaps as a Nanoscience course) may be of interest to us. Nevertheless, other fields in physics and those closely related to physics that may be engaging to our students will receive full consideration.
The candidate will be expected to mentor students in appropriate projects and in a modest research program in an environment of limited resources. We have many students who take advantage of summer research experiences both here at Simpson College and at other institutions (through REUs and SULIs). Grant writing and publication are encouraged but first rate teaching and positive student engagement is the primary requirement for tenure.
The standard teaching load is six courses (3-3) per year (2 labs = 1 course). Normally the candidate will be assigned to teach a year-long introductory college physics course (either calculus based Phys 191-192 or algebra/trig based Phys 151-152) including respective labs, along with intermediate and advanced courses to be determined. Course assignments may occasionally include a course in our three-week May Term, a Simpson Colloquium course for freshmen (involves writing), or (voluntarily) a travel abroad semester.
Applications should include a cover letter describing the candidate’s interest and ability to meet the qualifications for the position as described above, a current curriculum vita, unofficial transcripts if available, teaching and research statements, with the latter discussing its appropriateness for undergraduate participation. Also required are the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references, especially from those who can comment on your potential as a teacher and as a colleague. (Note, reference letters which only describe the technical details of the candidate’s research are of limited value.)
Review of applications for the position will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is recommended that applications be received by January 2 to insure full consideration. Later applications will be considered as we are able until the position is filled. Application materials may be sent electronically to: Dr. David Olsgaard, Professor of Physics at: email@example.com. Please enter “Physics Search” in the subject line. General inquiries regarding the position may be sent to the same address.
It is the policy and practice of Simpson College to provide equal educational and employment opportunities for all. We specifically encourage applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. The entire Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at: http://simpson.edu/employment-opportunities/ Official transcripts and a background check are required before hiring.
Note: The wise candidate might like to look up an article in the November 2006 issue of Physics Today, pp. 38-42: “Hunting for jobs at liberal arts colleges”.