Physics and Astronomy: Assistant Professor in Physics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire invites applications for a probationary tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Physics. The position will start August 19, 2013.


  • Instructional responsibilities typically include one lower division course (with labs) and one upper division course each semester.
  • Faculty are expected to establish and maintain research programs involving undergraduate students.
  • Advising responsibilities include advising students in our programs. Faculty members are expected to provide service through committee work and outreach activities.


  • A PhD in physics or a closely related field (materials science, electrical engineering, etc.) is required.
  • A strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and the ability to establish a research program involving undergraduates is required.
  • The ability to bring diverse cultural and ethnic experiences and perspectives to the campus and to serve as a role model and mentor for women and/or minorities may be considered an asset.

The Department:

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is composed of 13 faculty, a program assistant, and an instrumentation specialist. The department graduates 20-25 majors per year. The department strives to provide quality undergraduate education to students with a variety of educational goals. Areas of active research in the department include materials science, surface science, atomic physics, computational physics, and astronomy. Projects include collaborations with local industries, the Synchrotron Radiation Center in Stoughton, WI, and the orbiting Chandra and the Spitzer Telescopes. The departmental research equipment includes a 24-inch reflecting telescope with CCD camera, a large optics table, a high speed digital camera, a variety of high vacuum sputtering equipment, and wood and metal shops. The department is strongly linked to the interdisciplinary Materials Science Center with a large array of materials characterization instrumentation, including a Raman spectrometer, tensile tester, nanoindenter, 200 keV TEM, SEM, AFM, XPS, XRF, FTIR, XRD, STM, SAN, HR-ICPMS and MBE chamber.

Application Procedure

To apply, submit the following in pdf format (preferably in a single pdf format file):

  • A letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching interests and experience
  • Statement of research plans including involvement of undergraduate students
  • Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application but official copies will be required before the position is offered).
  • Applicants will also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly from the recommender to .

Apply online at 
Click on the link to the Physics Assistant Professor position, and then click the "Apply Now" button. Instructions are available under the Apply Online FAQs link. You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login." Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.

Please direct questions to:

Dr. Lyle Ford,Chair
Department of Physics and Astronomy| 715-836-5046

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by December 10, 2012. However, screening may continue until the position is filled.

A criminal background check will be required prior to employment.

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UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO employer dedicated to enhancing equity, diversity and inclusivity.

Posted 11/13/2012