Physics Department, Assistant Professor

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The Physics Department of Lafayette College, a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts institution with programs in the arts, sciences, social sciences, and engineering, has an opening for a tenure-track assistant professor. The appointment is expected to start July 1, 2016. Lafayette College is conveniently situated in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, 70 miles from New York City and 60 miles from Philadelphia.

We are seeking candidates with broad intellectual interests, a demonstrated enthusiasm for undergraduate teaching, a commitment to creative instruction in a variety of settings, and the ability to meaningfully involve students in scholarly research in an undergraduate college environment.

The successful candidate must be able to teach physics effectively at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. The Search Committee is particularly interested in individuals who can communicate effectively with groups of undergraduates having a variety of interests, backgrounds and career aspirations, including engineering. Ability and interest in developing and teaching courses for non-science majors would be advantageous, as would eagerness to teach physics-related first-year or interdisciplinary seminars. Candidates must also be able to develop and maintain a vigorous research program in an area of physics that undergraduates find exciting and that enriches the opportunities available for our students. Research proposals with the potential for interdisciplinary connections are particularly encouraged.

A Ph.D. in physics (or a very closely related field) by August 2016 is required. More information about the department and position is available at or by writing to

To ensure consideration, application materials must be received by November 1, 2015. Application materials received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. Submit letter of application, c.v., statements of teaching philosophy, research plan and startup needs, and three letters of reference via In your application, please also address how your scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and/or community service might support Lafayette College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in the College’s diversity statement (

Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community, one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.