Assistant Professor of Astronomy & Physics

Job Summary

Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty Positions
Lycoming College
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Department of Astronomy & Physics at Lycoming College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning in August 2023. The search is open to all fields of astronomy, astrophysics, experimental physics, and mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Lycoming College faculty are dedicated to undergraduate teaching, mentoring undergraduate research as part of their own research agenda, advising students, and participating in service to the institution. The successful candidate will teach a three-course per semester load consisting of undergraduate courses and labs in physics and/or astronomy for majors and non-majors. We seek candidates interested in using modern pedagogical methods. In addition, we seek candidates who are committed to initiating an active research program in astrophysics or experimental physics which will involve undergraduate participation in a small liberal arts college environment.

Lycoming College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse faculty and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of the academic community.


Applicants must possess a doctorate or will have completed a doctorate by August 2023 in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, engineering, or a related field.

Application Details:

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests which focuses on how undergraduates will be involved in a research program, diversity statement, and unofficial graduate transcripts. Applicants should be prepared to send three letters of reference upon request.

Applications received by November 8, 2022 will be given full consideration.

About the Department of Astronomy & Physics:

The Department of Astronomy & Physics at Lycoming College currently consists of three tenure-track faculty and one laboratory manager/planetarium director. The Department offers a B.S. in astrophysics, both a B.A. and a B.S. in physics, a B. S. in computational physics, a B. S. in engineering physics, and a B.A. in astronomy, with approximately 50 majors distributed among its various degree programs and all four years. Our majors are a diverse group of students with an active local chapter of the Society of Physics Students.

The Department is housed in a newly constructed Lynn Science Center, finished in 2015.  The Lynn Science Center is home to a state of the art planetarium used for astronomy courses, labs, and outreach. The Department also has a scanning electron microscope which is used in courses and research. The successful candidate will have their own research laboratory in the Lynn Science Center.

About Lycoming College:

Founded in 1812, Lycoming College is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected liberal arts colleges. Today, our community of 1,200 active learners from 31 states and territories and 15 countries comprises a student body that is 35 percent domestic students of color or international, all of whom work with our renowned scholars to craft customized combinations of market-driven majors, minors and concentrations across our 40+ academic programs. Students compete in 19 NCAA Division III sports, participate in faculty-driven research, thrive in a robust program of internship experiences, and study abroad in more than two dozen countries. Lycoming College has one of the highest endowment-per-student ratios in the country. The institution is a member of the Annapolis Group of Liberal Arts Colleges and is recognized by The Princeton Review as one of The 388 Best Colleges. Lycoming College is dedicated to providing a high-quality liberal arts and sciences education for all students. Learn more at

Lycoming College proudly celebrates and values diversity. We are committed to fostering an inclusive campus community supporting all faculty, staff, and students. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and all who are interested in supporting and contributing to our mission. Lycoming College is an equal opportunity employer.

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

What We Offer!

Lycoming College has an excellent benefits package that includes:

Health, Dental and Vision insurance with the option of 100% premium coverage for the employee and 70% coverage for eligible dependents

Retirement contributions where eligible employees receive a guaranteed 3% contribution from the College and receive a dollar-for-dollar match on employee contributions, up to 6%, for a total maximum retirement contribution from the College of 9%

Tuition Benefit packages available after 90 days of employment

Paid Parental Leave


Application Details

Publication Start Date
2022 Oct 08
Application Deadline
2022 Nov 08