Assistant Professor of Physics

Cleveland State University
Ohio, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Other Science & Technology, Physics & Space Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Cleveland State University

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Physics

The Department of Physics at Cleveland State University invites applicants for a tenure track assistant professor to begin on August 22, 2022.  The Physics department at CSU offers M.S. degree programs in optics & materials and Applied Physics and both B.A. and B.S. degrees in physics. We seek a theoretical/computational physicist or an applied/experimental physicist who can complement the department’s research strengths. CSU is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. CSU is striving to be a nationally recognized and student-focused public research institution that provides accessible, affordable, and Engaged Learning opportunities for all.

The successful applicant will be expected to pursue an on-campus research program that will actively and sustainably involve both undergraduates and graduate students, and to apply for external funding. They will also be an engaged instructor expected to teach both upper-level/graduate and introductory courses. More information about the CSU Physics Department can be found at:

Minimum qualifications include: 

  •   a Ph.D. in Physics or closely related field on or before July 1, 2022.
  •   commitment to physics education through teaching excellence, and enthusiasm for teaching undergraduates.
  •   actively engaged in research with peer-reviewed publication record.

Preferred qualifications include: 

  •   postdoctoral research experience, or equivalent, accumulated by the hiring date.
  •   excellent communication skills and ability to work effectively with diverse students.
  •   potential to contribute to the research culture of CSU’s Physics Department and to engage both graduates and undergraduates in research.
  •   existing external funding or potential to acquire external funds.
  •   demonstrated success or potential to teach all levels of physics classes. The teaching statement may also include details about inclusive and evidence-based teaching practices the candidate has employed or will employ at CSU.
  •   intent and potential to positively contribute to an inclusive culture at CSU and work with CSU’s diverse population of students, faculty, and staff.

Review of applications will begin on January 17th, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to candidates with applications that are submitted by the above specified date. A complete application includes a cover letter, CV, research statement, teaching statement, a diversity equity and inclusion statement, an unofficial transcript and/or a summary of graduate coursework, and letters from three references. Successful candidates will use these application materials to collectively demonstrate the extent to which they meet the minimum and preferred qualifications. Research statements should begin with a brief summary and describe not only the proposed research but how the faculty will engage masters and undergraduate student researchers. Teaching statements should include a teaching philosophy, description of previous teaching experience and may also include details about inclusive and evidence-based practices. For the diversity equity and inclusion statement, Cleveland State University is an urban campus serving a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student body. Diversity is extremely important to CSU. In the diversity statement of your application, you must explain your experience serving diverse students and how you will make a positive contribution to CSU’s inclusive community. For applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience, note how your work will contribute to CSU’s commitment to diversity and mission as an urban serving university.

For details on the application process, see

Inquiries about the job, application process, university, or region may be sent to the search committee chair, Dr. Jessica Bickel (

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and competitive with other research-intensive universities. Startup funds are available.

It is the policy of Cleveland State University to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Hire is contingent upon the maintenance of existing levels of funding from the State of Ohio. Offer of employment is contingent on satisfactory completion of the University’s verification of credentials (including evidence of a Ph.D.) and other information required by law and/or University policies or practices, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

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