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Assistant Professor, Physics

Skidmore College
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Aug 1, 2023

Job Details

The Department of Physics at Skidmore College invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Physics to begin in the Fall of 2024. We seek a candidate who is excited about teaching and mentoring students with a variety of backgrounds, and who will help us strengthen curricular offerings in scientific computation or data science.

The Physics Department at Skidmore offers a close community of students, faculty, and staff with active research programs and interdisciplinary collaborations. Skidmore is a highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college located in Saratoga Springs, New York, with a student population of 2,650, 26% of whom are domestic students of color, 11% are international students, 15% are first generation students, 19% are Pell-eligible, and 16% are students with disabilities. The successful candidate will contribute to the growing diversity and excellence of the academic community through their equitable and inclusive teaching, scholarship, and service. With its relatively low student-faculty ratio (8:1), Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates.

A Ph.D. in physics or a related field is required. Post-doctoral research and teaching experience is beneficial, although not required. The hired candidate will be expected to teach an average of nine contact hours per semester (a section of workshop physics is five contact hours; a lecture course is three or four contact hours), develop an active undergraduate research program, advise and mentor students, and participate in departmental and college service.

Skidmore supports faculty in many ways, including competitive start-up funds, a pre-tenure research leave, internal grants for collaborative research, a faculty learning community, funds to travel to present and for societal memberships, writing groups, and a course release in the first year. We are in the process of moving into a beautiful new building, the Billie Tisch Center for Integrated Sciences.

We encourage applications from individuals with identities minoritized in the sciences and who have experience working with diverse student populations. Successful applicants are expected to highlight specific experiences and expertise related to supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational community throughout their application materials. Review of applications will begin October 31, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Minimum Qualifications

A Ph.D. in physics or a related field is required. Enthusiasm for equitable and inclusive teaching, mentoring, and advising practices, and the ability to develop an active research program with undergraduate collaborators, are also essential.

Preferred Qualifications

Post-doctoral research and teaching experience are beneficial although not required.

A Complete Application Includes the Following Materials
  • a cover letter that includes how you will effectively engage with a diverse student body of undergraduates as a teacher, advisor, and mentor;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of teaching philosophy that explains how you will effectively engage students in the classroom and laboratory in an equitable and inclusive manner, informed by your teaching experience and training, and denotes courses you are interested in teaching;
  • a statement of your research plans that also includes the role of undergraduates in your research project(s), how you plan to recruit & support a diverse undergraduate research group using equitable and inclusive practices, potential journals to publish the work in & conferences to present at, potential external sources of funding, and a list of major equipment needs;
  • an equity and inclusion statement describing how you will contribute to an equitable and inclusive community in the department, at Skidmore, and/or in the field. In the process, you should articulate your expertise, experience, training, and plans regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion to expand upon what is in your other statements;
  • Letters of reference from three professional references.
Pay Rate: $75,000 - $85,000

Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:
  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic discipline (faculty pay ranges reflect 9-month annual salary).
  • Unique applicable skills.

Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.



Skidmore College

Skidmore College is a highly ranked, liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, New York, where Creative Thought Matters. 

We're a four-year private, nonsectarian, coeducational school that invites 2,700 undergraduate students to engage in 44 majors, 19 varsity athletics teams, and more than 100 student clubs. They also benefit from award-winning dining and residential halls and lifelong connections with some of the smartest and most dedicated and passionate faculty in the industry.

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