Overview

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August 2018. We welcome applications from observers and theorists across the full range of specialties in astronomy and astrophysics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a closely related discipline by August 2018. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and the ability to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in physics and astronomy. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to contribute, teach, and engage in a multicultural environment with a diverse student body. Previous teaching experience and evidence of independent scholarship is preferred.

The successful candidate will establish a research program involving undergraduate students. Astrophysical research areas of current faculty include star formation, the ISM, H II regions, massive stars, black holes, relativity, and astronomy education. The Department offers a wide range of courses in astronomy and astrophysics, including a new lab course in observational astronomy or computational astrophysics. Cal Poly Pomona is the lead institution for two programs aimed at increasing diversity in astronomy and physics, CAMPARE ( www.cpp.edu/campare) and Cal-Bridge ( www.cpp.edu/calbridge). The department also hosts the Milky Way Project citizen science initiative, one of the original 10 Zooniverse projects ( www.milkywayproject.org). The department has a large, active, and diverse student body with close faculty-student interactions and a history of success in obtaining funding from NSF and other external sources.

Complete applications must consist of one or more PDF files that include:

  • cover letter
  • CV
  • list of publications
  • statement of teaching experience and philosophy
  • research plan indicating how the candidate will involve undergraduates in their research
  • Student Success Statement describing your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with diverse student populations (approximately one page, single-spaced)
  • a completed application form ( http://www.cpp.edu/~faculty-affairs/documents/acadapplication_feb2017.pdf)
  • the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three references

Applicants should email complete applications to astsearch@cpp.edu no later than Monday, November 20, 2017 to receive full consideration. Please arrange for three references to send signed, PDF-format letters to the e-mail address above. Initial screening can begin without the letters of reference, but they must be received to advance to finalist status. Official graduate transcripts will also be required of all finalists.

In case of questions, please contact Dr. Matthew Povich, Search Committee Chair, at mspovich@cpp.edu. A full description of the position can be found at http://tinyurl.com/ybt8h5ct.