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Occidental College
Department of Physics


The Department of Physics at Occidental College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Astrophysics, but applications in all areas and ranks will be considered. A PhD is required, as is a dedication to teaching and research at a strong undergraduate college of the liberal arts and sciences enrolling about 2000 students. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong ability and/or interest in teaching at all levels of undergraduate physics including laboratories, will teach in the college general education program, and will conduct research involving our students. Start-up funds will be available for initiating a research program. A typical teaching load is five classes per year. The Department has five regular faculty and is supported by a departmental assistant, a laboratory coordinator, a teaching lab technician, and a machinist.

The mission of Occidental College is to provide a gifted and diverse group of students with a total educational experience of the highest quality—one that prepares them for leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent and pluralistic world. The distinctive interdisciplinary and multicultural focus of the College's academic program seeks to foster both the fulfillment of individual aspirations and a deeply rooted commitment to the public good.


Applications should be submitted to Dr. Janet Scheel,, and must include the following: (1) a letter of interest explicitly addressing your commitment to academic excellence in a diverse liberal arts environment; (2) a statement of teaching philosophy that includes a discussion of your demonstrated commitment to, past evidence of, and future plans for creating equitable opportunities for learning and mentoring especially for underrepresented students; (3) a list of classes you have completed in graduate school including class title and number; (4) a description of the research you would conduct at Occidental and how you propose to involve Occidental undergraduates in this research; (5) a curriculum vitae with publication list; (6) copies of recent publications (electronic preferred); (7) and the names of three references, with at least one specifically addressing teaching. Please ensure that those named as references send their confidential recommendations to the address above.

All materials (pdf format preferred) are due by November 1, 2017.
Late applications may be considered until the position is filled.

Occidental College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law.

We strongly encourage all underrepresented candidates, especially women and underrepresented persons of color, to apply.We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance