Astronomy and Space Science, Physics: Astrophysics
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University, Sacramento is seeking a new faculty member in the area of astronomy and/or astrophysics whose research complements that of the current faculty members at a high quality baccalaureate program that values student research. Duties for the successful applicant will include teaching introductory and upper-division physics lecture and laboratory courses, teaching astronomy courses for physics majors as well as general education students, serving as an academic advisor for physics majors, involving undergraduate students in research projects, and developing departmental facilities and programs in physics. The appointee will also be expected to pursue scholarly activity including seeking external funding, and to perform service to the Institution (committee assignments, program development, etc.) as well as service to the Community.
Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics or closely related field required.
All degree requirements must be completed by August 1, 2020.
Graduate coursework and research experience in astronomy and/or astrophysics.
Special Knowledge and Abilities
A strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate level (i.e. major level, service, and general education) is required.
Candidate must demonstrate the potential to successfully develop an independent research program at Sacramento State.
Candidate must demonstrate the potential to mentor undergraduate student research projects.
Candidate must demonstrate a commitment and potential to work with a diverse student body.
Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate level is highly desirable.
A desire to contribute to the development of upper-division general education coursework.
Willingness to work with colleagues to assess and implement strategies to foster student success in introductory courses.
Ability to utilize technology or other innovative strategies to improve access to high demand courses.
An interest in developing new pedagogies, courses and outreach activities incorporating the new Planetarium.
This is tenure-track position and will be at the Assistant Professor level. Salary is dependent upon qualifications and professional experience.
To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by December 11, 2019; position open until filled.
Applications are only accepted through the Sacramento State jobs website located at http://csus.peopleadmin.com/postings/4644. External applicants can apply by clicking on the Faculty, Staff and Management Opportunities for Employees link. Internal applicants can apply by logging on My Sac State. Questions about the position may be directed to Chris Taylor, Department Chair, at PSearch1@csus.edu.
Note: Complete instructions for applying electronically are found at the link labeled "Instructions"
Candidates must include the following attachments with the application:
A letter of application.
A curriculum vitae.
Unofficial copies of transcripts of all college work (Note: Official copies will be required of those invited for an interview).
A statement outlining the applicant's approach to teaching.
A statement outlining the applicant’s plans for their scholarly activity, including how they will involve undergraduate students in their research program.
A statement outlining the applicant’s experience and/or ability to work with diverse students and colleagues, and contribute to a diverse academic environment.
Contact information of at least three references who will speak to the applicant’s professional qualifications.
Only complete applications will be considered.
About California State University, Sacramento
California State University, Sacramento, is in the heart of Northern California and just five miles from the State Capitol. With more than 30,000 students and 1,600 full- and part-time faculty, Sacramento State is California’s capital university. Quality teaching is a top priority at Sacramento State, which offers a wide range of degrees, programs, and career opportunities – and its lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas.
Sacramento is one of the most diverse and integrated major cities in the country, and Sacramento State is committed to providing a quality education for all of our region’s students. Our campus community represents the broad diversity of our state, and we believe that all are enriched and unified by this diversity. Sacramento State is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their teaching, research, and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a high-quality, baccalaureate program which has grown significantly over the past decade. With approximately 100 majors in our four degree program...s and more in our minors and certificate programs, we are one of the largest baccalaureate physics programs in the country. With a healthy distribution of senior and junior faculty members (five tenure track hires in the past four years) we provide our students with experiences in a wide range of areas: high energy physics, astrophysics, low temperature physics, biophysics, condensed matter theory, computational physics, optics, AMO physics, and physics education research. The Department is committed to supporting faculty-student research through a number of unique programs made available by the generosity of donors to the Department. Our Department has a long history of faculty being recognized by our campus having won numerous awards for teaching, scholarly activity, and service. Recent graduates have pursued advanced studies at many institutions including UC Berkeley, Harvard, UC Davis, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, and Florida. Others have found careers in teaching or industry (including Intel, Google, Pixar Animation Studios, Apple, and the State of California). Across the board, our graduates are known for their hands-on and real-life problem solving skills. The Department has recently begun expanding its outreach activities to the local community through its new, state of the art planetarium and associated observatory.
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