Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences

California State University, Chico
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 16, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Position: The Department of Physics at California State University Chico is seeking a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Physics to begin August of 2021. Our department`s mission is to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in Physics, and we are looking for someone who shares our deep love of teaching and mentoring undergraduates, both in the classroom and in research.

Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Initial Review Date: 03/22/21; complete applications received after that date may be considered.

How to Apply: Applicants must provide

  • a cover letter (In the letter, applicants should address how their teaching and research will support CSU Chico`s increasingly diverse student body.)
  • a CV
  • contact information of three professional references¬†

All applicants must apply online at:

Applications submitted via email or in-person to the department will not be considered.

Qualification Details:
Minimum Qualifications: The minimum education requirement for appointment to this position is a Ph.D in Physics or closely related field. Proficiency in written and oral English is required. Candidates nearing completion of the doctorate may be considered; however, all requirements for conferral of the degree must be met no later than August 17, 2021. Candidates must show high potential for providing undergraduates with research experiences and strong commitment to undergraduate education.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with a documented commitment to evidencebased undergraduate teaching practice and a high potential for providing undergraduates with research experiences. Previous teaching experience beyond Teaching Assistantship is not required; the Department will consider other indications such as professional memberships in teaching organizations and familiarity with modern physics teaching techniques and emerging instructional technologies. We highly value experience with and commitment to service in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion in physics and/or STEM in general. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who have a record of such activities, whether or not this service was formally required by previous positions. Applicants should have awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.

Responsibilities: This tenure-track position carries responsibilities in the areas of teaching at the undergraduate level (this is primary), scholarship and professional development, and service to the Department, University and community. Teaching duties will include teaching introductory physics courses in dedicated studio classrooms and teaching core upper-division physics courses. The promise of being able to successfully mentor undergraduates in Physics research will be given considerable weight in selection of this hire. The candidate must address the needs of a student population of great diversity - in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation - through course materials and teaching strategies.

The Department: The department of Physics offers a B.S. and a minor in physics, with program tracks
tailored to students interested in pursuing interdisciplinary/educational careers or physics-related paths including graduate study in physics or other disciplines. Our roughly 50 majors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and levels of preparation. We have an active, award-winning SPS chapter and a collegial departmental atmosphere. Refer to and for more information about the Physics Department and the College of Natural Sciences, respectively.