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Tenure Track Position In Theoretical Physics

The Department of Physics at St. Olaf College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in theoretical physics at the Assistant Professor level to begin in August 2020. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching physics in a liberal arts setting as well as excellence in theoretical physics research that substantively involves participation by undergraduate students. Startup funds will be available. Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in physics or a closely-related field prior to the start date. Postdoctoral research, industry experience, and/or prior teaching experience are desirable additional qualifications.

The Department is particularly interested in applicants who will continue to contribute to our diverse community and to the department’s effort to increase access and opportunities for student populations that are currently underrepresented in physics. We request that in the letter of application, candidates address their potential to contribute to the St. Olaf community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.

The normal teaching load is six courses per year. Teaching responsibilities include courses at all levels in the undergraduate physics curriculum. Duties also involve undergraduate advising and service to the department and college. 

Applicants must submit materials online at https://stolaf.hiretouch.com/faculty-postings. A complete application includes:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • Undergraduate transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • Research statement that includes plans for a research program with undergraduate involvement and professional publications
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that includes plans for incorporating active learning or other evidence based teaching methods in your classroom
  • The contact information for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in teaching and scholarship (St. Olaf solicits letters directly after an initial round of screening.)

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. On campus interviews are expected in December.

Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to Jay Demas, Search Committee Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applicants who need assistance with the online application process should call 507-786-3356.

The Physics Department is a vibrant, research-active community of 25-30 graduating majors, 8 faculty members, a full-time technician, and administrative support.  More information about the Physics Department can be found at wp.stolaf.edu/physics

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