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Visiting Assistant Professor in Physics and Astronomy

Colgate University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 22, 2024

Job Details

The Colgate University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a one year visiting assistant professor position in physics and/or astronomy to begin in fall 2024. Completion of the Ph.D. in physics or a related discipline is required prior to or shortly after the date of hire. Previous teaching experience is preferred. We seek a person with a strong commitment to undergraduate education. Academic responsibilities will include teaching an introductory-level course for non-majors. Preference will be given to candidates with flexibility to teach upper-level physics and/or astronomy courses for majors and/or courses in Colgate’s Liberal Arts Core Curriculum . Although the candidate will have no research requirements during this appointment, collaboration with current faculty is possible. The department has 11 faculty members and maintains well-equipped research laboratories in quantum and optical physics, green electronics, condensed matter physics, superconducting low-temperature physics, biophysics, planetary science, observational astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology, computational neuroscience, and engineered environmental processes. The department is housed in the Ho Science Center that is configured to facilitate interdisciplinary teaching and research. Please visit our website here for information regarding our facilities, programs and faculty expertise.

Candidates should submit a CV, a description of teaching experience, and a short description of research experience and interests. These materials should be uploaded to Interfolio at Interfolio . The CV should include a publication list and the names of three individuals who have been asked by the candidate to submit letters of recommendation. A letter which meaningfully addresses the candidate’s teaching qualifications will strengthen the application. Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. In their teaching statement, candidates must describe how their teaching and mentorship might support the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The statement should speak directly to the candidate’s ability to work effectively with colleagues and students across a wide range of identities and backgrounds. Review of applications will begin by March 15, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. Email inquiries to Jeff Bary ( ) are welcome. Please note that no work visa sponsorship will be available for this position.

Colgate is a top liberal arts university of approximately 3,200 students situated in a picturesque village in central New York. Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at this website .

Salary Range or Pay Grade

$68,900 (for ABD candidates) to $72,900 (for candidate with PhD in hand)

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Policy Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.


Colgate University

Colgate is a distinctive, leading American university known for its intellectual rigor, world-class professors, campus of stunning beauty, and alumni famously loyal to their alma mater.

Time and time again, the world has shown an urgent need for citizens with the ability to create, explore, examine, and connect human knowledge. Colgate University has been answering that call through centuries of academic rigor in the liberal arts tradition.

Colgate attracts world-renowned faculty in a breadth of subject matters as well as innovative leaders in higher-ed administration, all dedicated to building on an educational tradition that has prepared generations of Colgate graduates for success. 

Colgate is deeply invested in employees’ success, and we all work together to ensure that students receive the premier education that is at the University’s core.

The Colgate campus, ranked as one of the most beautiful in the nation, is a place where students develop lifelong bonds with each other, faculty, and staff.

Colgate is located in the village of Hamilton, a community of about 3,800 residents who enjoy downtown’s art galleries and restaurants and who take pride in the many historic homes and public buildings.

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