1451-Assistant Professor of Physics

Job #:  1451

The Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Pacific University invites applications for a tenure-track position in physics at the Assistant Professor level beginning in the fall semester of 2017. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics and demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching as well as scholarship involving undergraduates. Post-doctoral experience and college or university teaching experience are desired.

Teaching Expectations

We seek candidates with an interest in teaching at all levels of our undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. The Department is dedicated to maintaining an environment that is informed by Physics Education Research and we teach using active-learning techniques throughout the curriculum. We further distinguish our curriculum by including laboratory experiences in every upper division course.

Research Expectations

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an active research program that includes undergraduates. The department currently has strengths in solid-state physics and optics. Preference will be given to candidates whose research interests complement those of the department: experimental solid-state, computational, and physics education research. Exceptional candidates in all fields of expertise will be considered. A competitive research start-up package will be provided.

Service Expectations

The successful candidate is expected to participate in service tasks at the departmental, college and university levels.

Application Requirements:

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, teaching statement, unofficial transcripts, and a description of experimental research that could involve undergraduates. Also arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted directly to Administrative Assistant Patty Larkins (plarkins@pacificu.edu).

Send application materials electronically to Patty Larkins (plarkins@pacificu.edu), Administrative Assistant, School of Natural Sciences, Pacific University; a subject line of Physics Search 2017 is appreciated.

Questions should be addressed to Andrew Dawes, Chair and Associate Professor of Physics, dawes@pacificu.edu

Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. (includes U.S. citizens, permanent residents, foreign nationals granted temporary residence under one of the 1986 legalization programs, refugees, and asylees).

Review of applications will begin Dec. 1 and continue until the position is filled.

Discover Pacific University

Pacific University is a small but diverse community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Tracing its roots back to 1849, when it began as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in people’s lives. Nestled in the valley at the base of the coastal range and Mount Hood, the university is only a half hour to the Portland metro center. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business. Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Oregon, as well as an office in Honolulu. In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience.

At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences. International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 25,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.

The Physics Department at Pacific

The Physics Department consists of five faculty members and one full-time lab manager. We graduate approximately 5-10 majors each year. Many of our students go on to pursue graduate degrees in physics or careers in industry. We are proud of our passion and commitment to teaching and believe in a strong role for all types of undergraduate research in the development of our students.

Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks diversity among its faculty.

It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Retaliation is also prohibited. Pacific University will comply with state and federal laws such as Title IX, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other similar laws that prohibit discrimination. Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116, provost@pacificu.edu.