Faculty Vacancies

Vacancy - Assistant Professor of Physics

(Recruitment Number 1751017)

Washburn University’s Department of Physics & Astronomy invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty position (Assistant Professor) in Physics, beginning August 2018. The successful candidate will be committed to teaching at the university level. A completed PhD is required for a tenure-track appointment.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Physics or related field.  ABD applicants will be considered.
  • Experience teaching physics at the college level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching across the physics curriculum, including introductory and upper division physics courses and labs.
  • Experience using physics education research-based curricula.
  • Experience supervising undergraduate students in research.
  • Research expertise in experimental physics
  • Experience developing both introductory and upper division lab courses.


  • Teaching across the physics curriculum, including introductory and advanced courses in physics, and upper division lab courses.
  • Establishing and maintaining scholarly activity, preferably in experimental physics, with involvement of physics majors, including mentoring senior capstone projects.
  • Participation in advising of students and service to the department, college, university, discipline, and community.

To receive full consideration applications should be received by December 1, 2017.  Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Please send electronically (as a single PDF file) the following: cover letter, current CV, teaching & research philosophy and experience statements, evidence of teaching effectiveness, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial ok), and contact information for three current professional references to brie.geffre@washburn.edu.  Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Karen Camarda (karen.camarda@washburn.edu).  The successful candidate will be required to submit official transcripts, and to submit to a background check prior to being hired.  Washburn University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to enriching education through diversity and candidates from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.  Information on the department can be found on our website: www.washburn.edu/physics.

The Physics & Astronomy Department offers undergraduate programs in physics, computational physics, and pre-engineering, as well as offering introductory and general education courses in physics, astronomy, and geology. Our faculty enjoy teaching small classes as well as the opportunity to mentor students and become involved in campus activities.  Washburn University is a mid-sized, regional, masters-level public institution, located in the heart of Topeka, the capitol city of Kansas.  Topeka offers many opportunities to be involved in the arts, music, outdoor activities, and community events, as well as proximity to two major research universities and the Kansas City metropolitan area.