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Assistant Professor, Physics

Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT
Closing date
Sep 20, 2023

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Job Description:

The Physics Department at Fairfield University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2024. The ideal candidate will be an experimental physicist who can develop an on-campus research program. Examples of experimental fields include but are not limited to AMO, biophysics, condensed matter, optics, or interdisciplinary physics. The teaching load is three undergraduate courses each semester.


Applicants are expected to have completed a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely allied field. Applicants must have a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and the potential to develop an active research program in their area of specialization that involves undergraduates. Additionally, the candidate should have an interest in pedagogical innovation and the use of technology in the classroom. To promote diversity, the Department welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

Additional Information:

The department comprises seven full-time faculty representing a range of specialties and is housed in a spacious, well-equipped facility in the Bannow Science Center. Our department offers B.S. degrees in Physics. There is a vibrant culture of undergraduate student-faculty research and a growing institutional emphasis on STEM. The salary, startup funds, and benefits for the position are competitive.

Fairfield University is a comprehensive Jesuit institution that prepares students for leadership and service in a constantly changing world. Founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, the University has grown from an initial class of 303 undergraduate male students admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences in 1947 into a coeducational university of more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Along the way, the University has awarded more than 45,000 degrees since 1951, and has developed a reputation for educational excellence both regionally and nationally.

Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, veterans, Jesuits, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with disabilities.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

For full consideration, please click "Apply Now" and upload the following materials:
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a cover letter
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • statement of research plan
  • diversity, equity, and inclusion statement
  • unofficial graduate transcript
  • a list of three references including email addresses

In addition, please ask your references to send letters of recommendation to the following email address:


Academic - Faculty Tenure/Tenure Track

Performs such other duties, responsibilities, and activities as required by supervisor and as departmental/University needs indicate.


The above information indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain and should not be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, activities, and/or qualifications required or expected of employees assigned to this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change and new ones may be assigned at any time, with or without notice.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

Fairfield University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised of approximately 4,757 undergraduate and 1,262 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering & Computing, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

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