Assistant Professor of Practice | Purdue University


Posted: 14-Dec-22

Location: West Lafayette, Indiana

Salary: competitive


Physics: Physics



Work Function:

Faculty 4-Year College/University

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Internal Number: 22139

The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science at Purdue University invites applications for a non-tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Practice. The successful candidate will support the learning and engagement activities of the Department, defined broadly.

Qualifications:  Candidates must have a PhD in Physics or Astronomy or closely related field, with a track record and a commitment to teaching and engagement. Successful candidates will teach at undergraduate and graduate levels, participate in curriculum development for face-to-face and online courses, conduct professional development of teaching assistants, engage in scholarship of teaching and learning, including seeking external funding to support these efforts, dedicate time to committee work related to learning and engagement activities, contribute to recruitment and retention of students, and participate in departmental outreach efforts.

The Department and College:  The Department of Physics and Astronomy has 60 tenured and tenure-track professors, 190 graduate students, and 280 undergraduates. The Department is engaged in research in astrophysics, atomic, molecular, and optical physics, biological physics, condensed matter, high energy, nuclear physics, and physics education, as well as university-wide multidisciplinary research in data science, nanoscience, photonics, and quantum information science involving the Birck Nanotechnology Center, the Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute, and the Colleges of Engineering. For more information, see

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is part of the College of Science, which comprises the physical, computing and life sciences at Purdue. It is the second-largest college at Purdue with over 350 faculty and more than 6000 students. With multiple commitments of significant investment and strong alignment with Purdue leadership, the College is committed to supporting existing strengths and enhancing the scope and impact of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Purdue itself is one of the nation’s leading land-grant universities, with an enrollment of over 41,000 students primarily focused on STEM subjects. For more information, see

Application Procedure:  Applicants should apply electronically at

that includes (1) a cover letter, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, and (3) statement of teaching and learning.

Purdue University, the College of Science, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy are committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Purdue University, the College of Science, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry and academic freedom.

Additionally, applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be e-mailed to the Search Chair at [email protected]. Applications will be held in strict confidence and will be reviewed beginning January 30, 2023. Applications will remain in consideration until the position is filled. A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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About Purdue University

Physics explores the fundamental mysteries of nature…from how the universe was created, to how biological systems function, to how to create new forms of matter. The strength of Purdue’s physics department is its internationally recognized research in the areas of astrophysics, high energy physics, geophysics, nanophysics, nuclear physics, sensor technology, biophysics and more. How chlorophyll and hemoglobin work, the structure of black holes, the search for fundamental particles, the precise dating of Stonehenge, and new sensors for homeland defense are a few of the topics that drive the research in our department.

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