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Assistant Professor of Physics

Closes: Open Until Filled College of Liberal Arts & SciencesDepartment of Physics

The Physics Department at Eastern Illinois University seeks qualified candidates for a tenure track faculty position starting in August 2023, subject to available funding.

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: August 15, 2023

RESPONSIBILITIES: The responsibilities of this position include teaching upper and lower level undergraduate lecture and laboratory classes in Physics and Astronomy. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an active research program and mentor undergraduate students, preferably in Planetary Astronomy or commensurate with available equipment. The successful candidate will also take on the duties of Director of the Observatory. The Director of the Observatory will provide technical oversight and help arrange outreach for the observatory.

QUALIFICATIONS: At the time of appointment, the qualified candidate must hold a PhD (or be ABD with PhD required for tenure) in Physics or Astronomy or closely related field. The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to and enthusiasm for undergraduate physics education through classroom teaching. The qualified candidate should have demonstrated experience teaching upper and lower level undergraduate Physics and Astronomy courses. The successful candidate should be able to develop an active research program that involves undergraduates. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience with promoting inclusive excellence is required.

APPLICATION: Applicants should submit a letter of application, including a statement of teaching experience and teaching philosophy, names and contact info for three references, a curriculum vita, and official undergraduate and graduate transcripts to Interfolio at  For questions regarding this search, contact Donald Pakey, Screening Committee Chair, at

DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin November 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

THE UNIVERSITY & DEPARTMENT: Eastern Illinois University takes pride in creating a warm, welcome environment for all faculty, staff and students. Established in 1895, EIU boasts a rich, tradition of preparing students for their personal and professional goals.  A traditional regional residential institution, the University is located in East Central Illinois, and combines the benefits of a community of 20,000 with access to several large cities, including Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. EIU focuses on individualized attention and superior student relationships, and has earned recognition as the highest-ranking independent public regional university in Illinois and a place among the Midwest’s top public regional universities according to U.S. News and World Report.  Undergraduate physics at Eastern includes options in Physics, Astronomy, Computational Physics, Engineering Physics, and Teacher Licensure in Physics. Major departmental equipment includes an observatory with a 16” computer controlled Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and an 8” solar telescope. Our faculty have access to the Astronomical Research Institute telescopes which include a 50”, 32”, 30”, and 24” computer controlled telescopes. The Department has 7 full time faculty, approximately 60 Physics majors in the various options, and an active Pre-engineering and Electrical Engineering program.

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Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer minority/female/disability/veteran committed to achieving a diverse community.

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