The Department of Physics at Santa Clara University (SCU), a Jesuit, Catholic university, seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in experimental physics, in an area other than astronomy /astrophysics or physics education. We encourage applications from energetic and productive experimental physicists committed to establishing an active, high-quality and sustainable research program that can involve talented undergraduates. Our department offers distinct B.S. degrees in Physics and Engineering Physics and graduates 10-15 students per year. About half of our students pursue graduate study. This tenure-track hiring opportunity is part of a broader STEM2020 initiative at SCU that includes near-term construction of modern facilities for independent and collaborative work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (and computer science).
Competitive, benefits eligible. A housing assistance program is available.
Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field, as well as postdoctoral research or teaching experience. The successful candidate must be an excellent experimental physicist, a clear communicator, and a talented teacher who can demonstrate the ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate level. The new hire must be able to work comfortably and effectively in a collaborative and diverse academic environment. S/he must be able to build and sustain an active research program that will attract external funding and that can involve undergraduate students. The successful candidate will be expected to balance faculty teaching, scholarship and service responsibilities as a member of the Department and the broader community.
Teaching responsibilities will include a mixture of courses for Department majors and non-majors. The official teaching load for tenure-track faculty at SCU is seven courses per year, spread across three academic quarters. However, research active faculty receive one course credit for scholarship. Thus, the normal teaching load at SCU for TT faculty is six course equivalents per year (lab sections typically count 1/2-unit). Annual course assignments in the Department are based on a combination of faculty interest, experience and departmental need. Faculty members are expected to be teaching-scholars who balance a commitment to quality teaching and to a sustained research program that typically involves undergraduates. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute service to the department, college and/or university as appropriate to rank.
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's, Ph.D., and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the fourth-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master's universities, California's oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice.