Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics - Astronomy or Astrophysics

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Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty Positions
Bridgewater State University
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Job Description

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics - Astronomy or Astrophysics


Rank: Assistant Professor


Tenure Information: Tenure Track


Department Summary:


The Department of Physics, Photonics and Optical Engineering at Bridgewater State University (BSU) invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position beginning September 2023 ( The department is seeking an outstanding faculty member in the area of Astronomy or Astrophysics. The successful candidate will bring novel perspectives and insights to undergraduate students through teaching, advising and undergraduate research. The candidate will work in the Department of Physics, Photonics and Optical Engineering, which participates in the to promote equity and diversity in physics. Physics at BSU has been recognized nationally for its strong number of majors (approximately 60) and graduates (10 per year). The Department participates in the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium, which provides funding to undergraduate researchers for observation and data analysis work ( Student work outside the classroom, including undergraduate research, is an essential aspect of the department’s structure and we have received recognition from the Council of Undergraduate Research ( We are located in the Science and Mathematics Center where faculty, staff, and students collaborate in labs equipped with modern equipment and technology.


The successful candidate will work with a full-time observatory manager who coordinates a large public outreach effort as well as student observations obtaining photometric, astrometric, and spectroscopic observations using two 14” telescopes The department has access to high-end computational clusters and standard image reduction software. Current student research interests include type Ia supernovae, AGN reverberation mapping, exoplanets, and other variable objects. Current department faculty conduct research in the areas of gravitational lensing, single molecule biophysics, quantum optics, atomic physics, physics education, photonics, and optical engineering.


About the University

Bridgewater State University was awarded a 5-year NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) grant, which supports alliances among institutions of higher education to design and implement strategies that increase the number of historically underrepresented STEM faculty and promote systemic change. The grant provides a number of benefits to participating faculty, including course reduction and funding for establishing a research agenda, travel support, and cohort activities across the three institutions.


Bridgewater State University is an inclusive community dedicated to the lifelong success of all students; focused on the continuous improvement of its people; and is responsible for leading innovation that benefits Southeastern Massachusetts, the commonwealth, and the world. Bridgewater’s accessible environment of teaching and learning stimulates critical thinking and the pursuit of new knowledge and deeper understanding. The teaching and learning environment at Bridgewater also cultivates meaningful and diverse interpersonal relationships and fosters an appreciation for global engagement aimed at transforming lives and improving the human condition.


Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is reflected in our, which ensure that all students are supported and succeed.

Bridgewater State University is equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. Members of underrepresented groups, and those committed to working in a diverse cultural environment, are strongly encouraged to apply.


Essential Duties:


The successful candidate will be a dedicated and passionate teacher who will teach 12 contact hours per semester throughout the undergraduate curriculum. This candidate is expected to continue the success of the department’s B.S. Physics, Astrophysics Concentration through teaching concentration courses (PHYS 408 Astrophysics, PHYS 410 Astrophysical Imaging, or in an area of interest) and developing an undergraduate research program.


Preference will be given to candidates who will contribute to the department culture that is inclusive, student-centered, energetic and emphasizes outside of the classroom experiences.


Required Qualifications:


Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, or Astrophysics by September 1, 2023 is required.


Applicants should be strongly committed to excellence in teaching, advising, and research and to working in a multicultural environment that fosters diversity. They should also have an ability to communicate effectively in speaking and writing, to use technology effectively in teaching and learning, and to work collaboratively.


Preferred Qualifications:


Candidates should be prepared to teach a range of courses, including electives in the, Astronomy at the general education level, as well as introductory or junior level courses in physics. Preference will be given to candidates who can direct undergraduate research projects that complement existing areas of research and who can provide evidence of their commitment to equity and inclusion in the physics and astronomy community.


Special Conditions for Eligibility:


Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement This position must comply with the University Covid-19 Attestation requirement. All employees must be fully vaccinated and complete the Covid-19 Attestation upon hire.


Medical or Religious Exemptions

An employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on the existence of medical contraindication to vaccination. In addition, an employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on a sincere religious belief. In both cases, an employee will be required to submit documentation to support the request for an exemption. Employees who secure an exemption may be required to take additional precautions in the workplace and are strongly encourage to test weekly through the university’s Wellness Center.


We are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome, and included.


Posting Number: F00412P


Open Date: 10/17/2022


Close Date: 1/6/2023


Open Until Filled: No


Special Instructions to Applicants:


Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position:


• A minimum of three (3) professional reference entries in space provided on the application form.

• CV

• Cover Letter

• Teaching Philosophy Statement

• Statement of Research Interests- Please include a description of how you would involve undergraduate students in one or two research projects.

• Equity and Inclusion Statement- a personal statement on a candidate’s past efforts to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion. The equity and inclusion statement is an opportunity for candidates to discuss scholarship, professional skills, and demonstrable experience that would enhance the university’s efforts to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Equity and inclusion statements will be considered as part of a transparent and comprehensive review of candidates’ application materials.


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Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.


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Application Details

Publication Start Date
2022 Oct 22
Application Deadline
2023 Jan 06