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Assistant Professor of Physics

State University of New York at Oswego
Oswego, NY
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Sep 20, 2023

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Location: Oswego, NY Category: Academic / Faculty Posted On: Wed Jul 12 2023 Job Description:

Description of Department: The Department of Physics is a vibrant department that supports degrees in Physics, Applied Physics and Physics Education and an Astronomy Minor. The department has well equipped teaching facilities, including state of the art upper division laboratory teaching equipment in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Atomic Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Optics, Nano-Physics, Nuclear Physics and Condensed Matter Physics. The department has a complete array of equipment for the growth, property investigation and device fabrication based on nanomaterials, an Atomic Force Microscope, a Newport solar simulator, thin film fabrication facilities, ultrahigh vacuum chamber, electric transport measurement devices, an electronics lab, a semi-automated astronomical observatory including a 16 Meade, a LHIres spectrograph, two SBIG CCDs and several smaller telescopes. The department operates a state-of-the-art Spitz Digital Planetarium that can seat 24. We regularly provide shows to local schools and the surrounding community and have developed several innovative shows using the latest data/images from several sources. The department maintains strong undergraduate research programs in Astrophysics, Atomic Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, History of Science, Nanophysics and Nuclear Physics. We regularly mentor students undertaking on/off campus research/internship experiences as well as at leading research institutions overseas.

The Department of Physics is a diverse department committed to nurturing and training the next generation of scientists, especially those from underrepresented groups.

The Department of Physics at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications to fill a full time Assistant Professor of Physics.

Posting Date: July 12, 2023

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Compensation: Salary levels ( , commensurate with experience plus full New York State benefits package.

Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package. Click here ( for more information.

Date of Appointment: Fall 2023

Description of Responsibilities: The Assistant Professor of Physics will teach Astronomy and Physics courses and General Education courses in the Physics major and Astronomy minor programs.

The Assistant Professor will also:
  • Take the lead in utilizing the College Planetarium to develop outreach and educational shows for Physics, other departments, the local community and will stay abreast and implement the latest developments in planetarium technologies.
  • Integrate the Rice Creek Observatory into Astronomical courses, student research and outreach events.
  • Mentor undergraduates in research projects.
  • Help to maintain and improve the department's various undergraduate programs into vibrant cutting edge courses.
  • Be expected to play a part in the administration of the department and College as a whole.
  • Participate in academic advisement and career mentorship of undergraduate physics majors.

SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan ( . As such, the incumbent is expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.

Job Requirements:

Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Astronomy/Astrophysics or related field by time of appointment.
  • Clearly articulated understanding and commitment to equity, inclusion, diversity issues (evidenced by a diversity statement).

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ability to contribute to the department's commitment to a rich diverse environment that nurtures and trains the next generation of scientists, especially those from underrepresented groups.
  • Post-doctoral experience.
  • Experience teaching Astronomy and Physics courses to a diverse undergraduate audience and/or mentoring undergraduates in Astronomical research projects.
  • Planetarium and Small Astronomical Observatory experience.

At SUNY Oswego we value the diversity found in each member of our campus community and strive to create a community where that diversity is embraced and enhanced. Recognizing the strength of diversity, our mission is to foster an environment which respects, embraces and promotes cultural competence, civil discourse and active engagement in developing an inclusive and vibrant community of scholars who act as transformational agents of change and responsible citizens of the world. For more information see SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan ( .

As a candidate seeking consideration you are asked to submit a separate statement specifically addressing how your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has been evidenced in your career experience and professional activity, and/or community service (volunteer work, etc.), and/or professional development. (Please see Application Instructions)

Additional Information:

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please click here ( to see our full non-discrimination policy.

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing

For Campus Safety information, please click here ( to see the Annual Security and Fire Report (Clery).

SUNY Oswego is a smoke free/tobacco/e-cigarette free campus. Click here ( for further policy details, including education and cessation resources.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

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