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Open Positions in Physics and Astronomy

Instructor of Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy (physics.cofc.edu) at the College of Charleston invites applications for an instructor position to begin in fall 2020. The successful applicant must have or expect to have a Ph.D. in Physics before August 15, 2020 and have a passion for teaching physics courses at all levels. Candidates with materials science background will be given preference. The teaching load is 12 contact hours per week, through a combination of lectures and labs. Factors such as prior undergraduate teaching experience, post-doctoral experience, and any outreach experience (K-12 and public) are desirable. This position is non-tenure track, but eligible for review in the sixth year for potential promotion to Senior Instructor, and if successful, eligible for review for renewal every seventh year. 

The College of Charleston is a public liberal arts and sciences college with approximately 10,000 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students. The department currently has 17 faculty members and offers degrees in physics, astronomy, astrophysics, meteorology, and systems engineering.

Qualified applicants should submit

  1. A cover letter
  2. A complete curriculum vitae
  3. A statement describing their teaching experience and philosophy
  4. Plans for professional development (plans for mentoring student research projects, studies within or outside of your specialty, continued development in pedagogy, etc..)
  5. The names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references, electronically through our online application system at http://jobs.cofc.edu/postings/9364

Questions should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Gardner Marshall at marshallgr@cofc.edu.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.



Instructor of Systems Engineering

The Department of Physics and Astronomy (physics.cofc.edu) at the College of Charleston invites applications for a Systems Engineering instructor position to begin in Fall 2020. A new Systems Engineering degree program (engineering.cofc.edu) has been established within the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the College of Charleston with the first cohort of students arriving in Fall 2020. The successful applicant will be in the unique and exciting position of helping to launch this innovative new program which is the first of its kind in South Carolina. Candidates must have, or expect to complete, a Master’s or Ph.D. in systems, electrical, mechanical, computer, or industrial engineering or a closely related field before August 15, 2020. The successful candidate will also have excellent communication skills, be collegial and collaborative, and have a passion for teaching undergraduate engineering courses and working with undergraduate students. This position is primarily a teaching appointment with four course/lab sections per semester, which will also require professional development and service activities.

The College of Charleston is a comprehensive university with a rich liberal arts and sciences core curriculum, enrolling approximately 10,000 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students. It is uniquely positioned to launch an engineering program due to its proximity to Boeing, Bosch, Cummins, Mercedes, Volvo, and several other high-tech engineering industries in Charleston, SC.

Qualified applicants should submit

  1. A cover letter
  2. A complete curriculum vitae
  3. A statement describing their teaching experience and philosophy (maximum 3 pages)
  4. Plans for professional development, e.g. discipline-based research and/or pedagogical research (maximum 3 pages) 
  5. The names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references, electronically through our online application system at http://jobs.cofc.edu/postings/9372.  

Questions should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Sorinel Oprisan at oprisans@cofc.edu.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.