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Open-rank Tenure-line Professor of Physics

Lewis & Clark College
Portland, Oregon
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jul 15, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Lewis & Clark College, a small liberal arts college with ~2,100 undergraduates located in beautiful Portland Oregon, invites applications for an open rank (tenured or tenure-track) position in the Department of Physics beginning Fall 2023. The successful applicant will join a supportive, collaborative, creative, and inclusive community of teacher-scholars committed to providing a transformative undergraduate education that prepares students for meaningful careers and lifelong discovery.


The physics department will consider applications from theoretical physicists and hands-on experimentalists, ideally with some computational expertise. Applicants must be committed to excellent teaching at an undergraduate institution, involving undergraduate students in research, and cultivating a diverse college community. Our usual teaching load is five courses per academic year and includes introductory through advanced undergraduate physics and, ultimately, regular participation in the College’s general education program. The department and the College cultivate professional success and satisfaction through teaching and research mentoring opportunities, support for securing external funding, a full pay pre-tenure (junior) sabbatical, and social events.

To meet the requirements of an increasingly interdependent world, the College seeks to expand opportunities for interdisciplinary and collaborative study and research. As a part of this initiative, four STEM departments and three non-STEM departments at the College currently are conducting searches for tenure-track junior faculty. The physics department hopes that its new faculty member will find it personally rewarding to interact and combine expertise with new junior (and/or more senior) faculty and, in the process, enhance interdisciplinary and collaborative opportunities at the College.

Given our wide-ranging teaching requirements and the importance of engaging undergraduates in research, a PhD in physics is required at the time of appointment as a tenure-line faculty member. Postdoctoral training is preferred.

Application Instructions

A complete application must include the following:
1. Application cover letter that includes a description of interest in joining Lewis & Clark College and how the applicant’s teaching and/or work in the campus community will contribute to a culture of inclusion and campus diversity
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Statement of teaching philosophy (including preparation to teach students from diverse backgrounds) and evidence of teaching effectiveness
4. Statement of research interests and plan for involving undergraduates
5. Sample of scholarship (published articles and/or works in progress)
6. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (may be unofficial)
7. Three letters of recommendation (uploaded separately by the referees)

Submit the above materials via Interfolio ( Click “Apply” to create your free account. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Lewis & Clark College will conduct a background check at the time an offer is made.

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