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Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Union College of New York
Schenectady, New York
Date posted
Feb 27, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Administrative, Academic Affairs
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

Union College's Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor position starting in September 2023.  Applicants should have some teaching experience and a strong commitment to undergraduate education. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed the Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a related area.


Union is a highly selective, small (2200 students) liberal arts college with an engineering program, located in the Capital District of New York State, a region heavily engaged in science and research and development. The Department of Physics and Astronomy ( includes eleven full-time faculty in a variety of fields including astrophysics, atomic physics, biophysics, computational physics, environmental physics, geophysics, nuclear physics, materials science, and art restoration research. 


Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status.


Applicants should submit a cover letter including a statement regarding goals and ability to contribute to a diverse community, a detailed curriculum vita, a statement on teaching with emphasis on philosophy of teaching and mentoring a diverse set of undergraduates, a statement of research interests, and names and contact information for three references through our online application available at (search on “physics” in the Search Jobs box). An email will be sent automatically to references requesting a letter of recommendation. Note that all new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check. Questions about the position may be addressed to We will review all applications submitted by March 31, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.


Please provide names and contact information for the three references when you complete the online application. An email will be sent automatically requesting that they upload their letter of recommendation to our system.


Application review will begin March 31, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.


We offer exceptional benefits including:


  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.


Union College of New York

Established in 1795, Union College is located in Schenectady, N.Y., home to 2,050 exclusively undergraduate students and a revitalized city that's part of upstate New York's Capital Region. Union is a 20-minute drive from Albany International Airport, and also within easy reach of New York City and Boston (3 hours). .

We are Union, and we are true to our name.

  • Classic liberal arts and innovative engineering
  • Student and faculty working side-by-side
  • Learning on campus and out in the world
  • A picturesque campus and a vibrant mid-sized city

At Union, things come together in ways that energize our community with opportunities for all.

Why work at Union?

A welcoming community, exceptional benefits, a close-knit and active campus culture, an ideal location and more all make working at Union an experience like no other.

Union College's comprehensive benefits program meets the needs of employees and their families, and promotes healthy lifestyles and enhances the quality of our employees' lives.

Union is home to a dedicated faculty and staff, committed to student success and fostering a friendly, welcoming campus environment.


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