Open Rank Tenure-Track Professor in Astronomy

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Physics & Astronomy

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at Bucknell University invites applications for an open rank tenure-track faculty position in astronomy, to begin in the fall semester of 2022. The successful candidate will demonstrate their potential (1) to teach at all levels of the undergraduate physics curriculum, particularly introductory and advanced courses in astronomy and astrophysics; and (2) to establish and maintain an active research program in astronomy. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or the equivalent.

A complete application will include a curriculum vitae or resume, a statement that describes the applicant’s experience and potential as a teacher, a statement describing their scholarly interests, a statement that describes their experience and expertise in inclusive pedagogy and teaching a diverse array of students, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Applications will only be accepted online through Bucknell's career site ( Review of applications will commence on November 1, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

The Department is committed to broadening the participation of under-represented groups in STEM fields. We welcome candidates who demonstrate excellence in reflective multicultural and inclusive teaching practices and who display a strong commitment to collaboration and interdisciplinarity. Our curriculum combines interactive teaching, computation, and laboratory environments designed to engage students in collaborative endeavors, and promote meaningful interactions between students and faculty. We work closely with our students to help them develop both knowledge and confidence in their proficiency, regardless of their background or outgoing career trajectory. We are keenly aware of the value of the many perspectives and lived experiences that a diverse faculty body inherently brings to education, research, and the community, and believe that everybody benefits from such a diversity of voices. With this in mind, we are especially interested in candidates whose teaching, research, and service will contribute to the department’s commitment to student learning, undergraduate research, diversity, and inclusive pedagogy. We are also engaging in an initiative to infuse discussions of scientific ethics and the influence of physics on society throughout our curriculum.

The Department has 14 faculty, with support provided by technical staff, an introductory lab coordinator, and an administrative assistant. The Department operates a small observatory which houses an historic (1887) Clark refractor and a suite of more modern 8” and 11” Celestron CGEM telescopes in an observatory lab with a retractable roof. There is access to a departmental machine shop and a university Linux-based computing cluster. We offer both B.S. and B.A. degrees in Physics, a B.S. in Physics with an Astrophysics Concentration, and a B.S. degree in Biophysics. Our introductory courses are taken by students majoring in all math and science disciplines, all of the students in the College of Engineering, and students from all majors in a liberal arts environment. The Department also has a strong tradition of research with undergraduates, including a summer research program that has run every year for over two decades.

About Bucknell

Bucknell University is a private, highly ranked, primarily undergraduate, national liberal arts institution that also offers strong professional programs in engineering, management, education, and music.

Bucknell University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education are encouraged.

Bucknell is committed to creating a climate that fosters inclusion, growth, and development for a diverse student body, and seeks candidates who are also committed to these goals.

Bucknell is committed to supporting the teacher-scholar model of faculty development. With a student-faculty ratio of about 9:1, small class sizes are a hallmark of the Bucknell educational experience. The university sponsors a range of activities to support the development of its faculty, including a Teaching-Learning Center and generous research support and leave policies.

Bucknell is located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, on the banks of the Susquehanna River. The Lewisburg area offers a combination of outdoor recreation opportunities and small-town amenities. In addition to the cultural and athletic events offered at the University and in town, the region offers strong schools and medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. Bucknell is about three hours from Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

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