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Physics and Astronomy: Lecturer in Physics

UW-Eau Claire – Eau Claire Campus
Physics + Astronomy

Full Time, Faculty/Instructional

  • Official Title: Lecturer title series
  • Job ID: #16727
  • Date Posted:
  • Apply by: | To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by deadline. However, screening may continue until position is filled.
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Physics and Astronomy: Lecturer in Physics

A full-time, instructional academic staff position is available in the Department of Physics & Astronomy for the 2020 2021 academic year beginning August 24, 2020. The department seeks a dynamic candidate with expertise in physics who is committed to teaching excellence. The official title is in the Lecturer title series. This is a one-year appointment with salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Master’s Degree in physics, engineering, or a related field from a regionally accredited higher education institution is required; a PhD in physics, engineering, or a related field from a regionally accredited higher education institution is strongly preferred.  Previous teaching experience and a demonstrated ability to teach introductory undergraduate physics will be considered an asset.  The ability to enhance the diversity of the department, to demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness, and to serve as a role model and mentor for women and/or minorities will also be considered assets. 

DUTIES: The selected candidate will be expected to teach introductory undergraduate physics courses as assigned in the Department of Physics & Astronomy.  The selected applicant will teach approximately 12 credit hours (approximately 15 contact hours) each semester, which includes both lecture and laboratory sections. 

THE UNIT: The Department of Physics & Astronomy is composed of 11 faculty and an instrumentation specialist.  The department graduates 20-25 majors per year and strives to provide quality undergraduate programs to students with a variety of educational goals, including Physics, Applied Physics, Pre-Engineering and Dual Degree Engineering.  We actively promote collegiality among faculty and work to provide a supportive environment for all students.  We are committed to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion as we seek to increase the numbers of women and underrepresented groups among our students and staff.  Areas of active research with strong emphasis on undergraduate collaboration include surface science, atomic physics, computational physics, astronomy, renewable energy, robotics, and mechatronics.  The department has research equipment including a variety of high vacuum sputtering equipment, an optics laboratory, wood and metal shops, and a digital fabrication lab.  In addition, the department has access to the campus high-performance supercomputer cluster. The department is closely linked to the interdisciplinary Materials Science Center with a large array of materials characterization instrumentation. Additional information about the department can be found on our website:

UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1,400 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation.

The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The area features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools, a vibrant arts scene and local food culture, and abundant recreational opportunities. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site: down to find this position listed, then follow the instructions on the right side of the web page.  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."  Click the link to the Physics and Astronomy: Lecturer in Physics position (Job ID # 16727) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically.  Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.  Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vita
  • Unofficial graduate school transcript
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Names and contact information for three references. 

Please direct requests for additional information to Dr. Erik Hendrickson: 

Priority will be given to completed applications received by April 1, 2020.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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