Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics

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Department: Physics and Astronomy
Position Type: Faculty - Non-Tenure Track
Categories: Faculty - Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Carleton College is seeking applications for 2 or 3 one-year appointments at the Assistant Professor level for the 2022-2023 academic year.  We seek individuals who have recently completed their PhD (or are nearing the completion of their PhD) in physics, astronomy, or related fields with a strong commitment to teach in a liberal-arts environment. Each position will involve teaching 5-6 courses over three 10-week terms, including a combination of courses across our curriculum such as courses in the introductory physics sequence, intermediate lab courses (e.g., Atomic & Nuclear physics and Electricity & Magnetism) and upper-level labs and electives. There may be opportunities for involvement of undergraduate students in research, but it is not required for these positions. Though applicants of any specialty are welcome, we are looking to hire at least one experimentalist to cover intermediate and advanced lab courses. Additionally, the department anticipates filling a tenure-track astrophysicist position in the next few years and encourages visiting applicants that may be interested in that position as well. 

Carleton College is a highly selective liberal arts college with a student body of approximately 2,000. Located in the thriving two-college town of Northfield, Minnesota, it is forty-five miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, in easy reach of a vibrant metropolitan area that is home to three million people and rich cultural resources. Our department of 8 faculty strives to provide a challenging and supportive environment for our enthusiastic and intellectually demanding students. We seek someone who will strengthen our commitment to teaching a diverse student body, and to producing majors who succeed in a variety of careers. We are open to applications from those who may not have taken a traditional path through physics programs. For further information on the department, visit our web site at

To apply, complete the online application at Review of applications will begin on February 11th, 2022, but applications are welcome until the positions are filled. The online application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a statement of teaching experience and how it has influenced your teaching philosophy. Your teaching statement should address how you will contribute to a college community that holds as one of its core values a commitment to welcoming and treating all people with dignity and respect. In addition, you will be asked to submit contact information for three individuals who will be contacted to submit formal letters of recommendation if you advance to the phone interview stage.

Carleton is committed to developing its faculty to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Individuals whose identities are underrepresented in physics are strongly encouraged to apply. Carleton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability, or age in providing employment or access to its educational facilities and activities.

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