The James Madison University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for two faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2019.
The first position is a tenure-track position in experimental materials physics. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics or a related field, relevant postdoctoral experience, and a demonstrated commitment to teaching physical sciences and mentoring undergraduates. The successful candidate is expected to initiate and maintain a vigorous research program involving students and be an effective teacher at all levels of the undergraduate physics curriculum. Particular needs include courses for non-science majors, laboratories, and electronics classes. A factor in hiring will be the candidate's ability to integrate JMU's existing instrumentation and facilities into a research program. JMU has several research grade instruments including powder XRD, SEM with EDS, and a recently purchased AFM. There is also a class 10000 cleanroom with two deposition systems and a class 1000 photolithography room.
The second position is a renewable term appointment for a physics education specialist who will work with the JMU Science and Mathematics Learning Center and others on campus to improve student success and retention in our introductory courses. Candidates must have relevant experience in physics education, and a commitment to improving student success for a diverse population of students. A Ph.D. in physics or a related field is preferred. The ability to work with our existing efforts to increase the production of secondary level physics teachers and the ability to develop scholarly research questions based on student success in physics will also be considered as positive factors.
Our department is interested in candidates who are committed toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. We strive to be a leading undergraduate physics and astronomy department by building a research-active and student-centered program. The department has 21 full-time faculty members and approximately 110 students in our multi-track baccalaureate-only program. Additional information is available online at http://www.jmu.edu/physics
Review of applications for both positions will begin on December 1, 2018. To apply go to JobLink.jmu.edu. For the experimental materials physics position, please visit http://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/4383 or go to JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting number F1225. Candidates will complete the application and include a cover letter, current CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement of research plans (as Other Document #1). For the physics education specialist position, please visit http://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/4384 or go to JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting number F1226. Candidates will complete the application and include a cover letter, current CV, and statement of teaching philosophy which includes your vision of how to improve student success in physics.
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