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Tenure-Line Professor of Physics

Lewis & Clark College
Portland, Oregon
Posted Date
Jul 26, 2023

Lewis & Clark College, a small liberal arts college with ~2,100 undergraduates located in beautiful Portland Oregon, invites applications for an open rank tenure-line position in the Department of Physics beginning Fall 2024. 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 had tenure-line hires last year and three STEM departments at the College are currently conducting tenure-line searches. Early career applicants should be prepared to become part of this interdisciplinary, collaborative cohort; more experienced applicants would be expected to assume leadership and mentoring roles. 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. 


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 October 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Lewis & Clark College will conduct a background check at the time an offer is made. 


Lewis & Clark College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and adheres to a nondiscriminatory policy with respect to educational programs, activities, employment, and admission. We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, sex, religion, age, marital status, national origin, the presence of any physical or sensory disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, and local laws. The Associate Vice President of Human Resources has been designated to handle inquiries regarding employment- and disability-related non-discrimination policies. Title IX inquiries may be directed to the Title IX coordinator or deputy Title IX coordinators ( 

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