Job description

Waterville, ME

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Colby College invites applications for a two-year faculty fellow for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. Colby is a highly selective liberal arts college in central Maine that is recognized for excellence in undergraduate education and close student-faculty interaction. The successful candidate will join a department with active research in several areas. Colby’s Department of Physics and Astronomy has a flexible curriculum that allows faculty to design courses that will allow them to best engage undergraduates at the introductory through advanced level and to work with exceptional students in research projects. We are especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will promote diversity, inclusion, and equity at Colby. The Faculty Fellow position has teaching responsibilities in introductory and advanced courses from the core physics curriculum, including laboratories, and provides the opportunity to teach courses in the candidate’s specific area of expertise; the teaching load is four courses for the year. The successful candidate will be expected to be deeply engaged in teaching, to have an active program of scholarship, and to involve Colby’s exceptional undergraduates in their scholarship. Prior Faculty Fellows have routinely gone on to tenure track positions at comparable schools. More information about the department can be found on our website

Completion (preferred) or near completion of a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field is required; prior teaching experience is preferred. Candidates with any field of expertise will be considered, but preference will be given to candidates whose scholarship can include advanced undergraduates. The position starts on September 1, 2019, and the second year is contingent on adequate achievement during the first year.

How to apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, and three letters of recommendation to Professor Robert Bluhm, Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Colby College, Waterville, ME 04901. Electronic submission of application materials through lnterfolio is required: Review of applications will begin February 11, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding this opening can be addressed via email to