The Earlham College Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a full-time, three-year Visiting Assistant Professor position beginning in Fall 2018. The area of specialization is open. The Department seeks a person who is passionate about Physics/Astronomy and teaching — in lecture, seminar classes, laboratory, and research venues — to bright and motivated undergraduates at a nationally ranked small liberal arts college, and is equally committed to making our department an inclusive place for all students and faculty. Our goal is to build a department that supports a wide range of diversity.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will have a teaching load of 3 courses per semester, and will teach a range of topics, including introductory courses and labs as well as advanced courses and a senior seminar in the candidate’s area of interest. College support, including conference travel funding, summer research funds, faculty development funds, and assistance with applications for external grants, is available to successful candidates who wish to engage in scholarly activities.

Departmental & Institutional Information

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a small, dynamic group with three full-time tenure-track members and active research programs in computational biophysics, laser physics, and gravitational physics. Earlham’s facilities include local cluster computing resources, a teaching observatory, a natural history museum with a planetarium, and dedicated research laboratory space.

Earlham is a liberal arts college of approximately 1100 students and is affiliated with the Society of Friends (Quakers). The Earlham College student body is diverse (while most students are from the Eastern and Midwestern states, 22% are international, coming from 59 nations in 2017, 25% are domestic students of color, 10% are Quaker), and there are multiple opportunities to work with students in meaningful ways both in and out of the classroom.

We try to combine the finest liberal arts education with an environment shaped by historic Quaker values. Our learning community is characterized by respect for every person, a commitment to social concerns and peacemaking, and a dedication to the integration of intellectual, emotional, moral, and spiritual growth of all members of the community. Global awareness and respect for cultural diversity are strongly emphasized.

Experience and Qualifications

Preference will go to applicants who have completed (or are presently finalizing a dissertation for) a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related field. Earlham holds excellence in teaching as its most important criterion, so as we review applications we will be looking for evidence of a strong interest in teaching at the undergraduate level. An ability to contribute to the advanced laboratory curriculum is preferred.

Application Instructions

Candidates should send applications as a single PDF including:

1.cover letter that addresses your interests, qualifications, and experience

2.curriculum vitae

3.statement of teaching philosophy

4.a 300-500 word statement that describes their ability to contribute to the advancement of Earlham’s goal of being a diverse and inclusive institution

5.research statement

6.undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is fine).

Three letters of recommendation should be sent separately, as PDFs.

Materials should be sent to:

Bobbi Cayard-Roberts


Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Please direct questions to Dr. Michael G. Lerner: lernemi@earlham.edu

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).