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Assistant Professor Physics Education Research - 50% Tenure Track UW Bothell (STEM 20356)

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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Bothell

Organization: Physical Sciences

Title: Assistant Professor Physics Education Research - 50% Tenure Track UW Bothell (STEM 20356)

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Position Description

The University of Washington Bothell (UWB) seeks a dynamic researcher/educator to join the fast-growing Physical Sciences Division of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We are seeking candidates for a 50% tenure-track Assistant Professor on a nine-month academic year basis beginning January 2019. Successful candidates are expected to develop an externally sponsored research program in Physics Education Research (PER), to teach, and to provide academic advising to students. A 50% tenure-track position means that the University will provide 4.5 months of salary per year with the candidate obtaining additional academic year and/or summer salary funding through grants and contracts. This position carries all other rights and responsibilities of an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington and the candidate would go through a process for promotion and tenure with the timeline set by university policy.

The University of Washington Bothell has a new undergraduate degree in physics and is seeking to build strength in this program. Faculty in the Physical Sciences Division of the School of STEM are expected to possess strong teaching, research, and mentoring skills and enthusiastic incorporation of undergraduates into their research program. Faculty are expected to encourage and support a diverse population of students and have knowledge of modern pedagogic methods.


Qualifications for this position include the following:

  • A Ph.D. in physics or closely related field
  • Experience in modern teaching methods in physics
  • Demonstrated excellence in research and ability to develop a strong research program in physics education.
  • Experience with, or commitment to, working with and enhancing learning for a diverse student population.


How to apply: Please submit the following application materials to and provide names/contact information for three references who will be prepared to submit letters of recommendation upon request.  

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and interests including any available evidence of teaching excellence. Please include any experience in teaching or mentoring a diverse population of students
  • Research plan

Review of applications will begin upon receipt and the position will remain open until filled. Complete applications received by August 29, 2018 will receive priority consideration.

If you have a question about the details of this search/position please contact Prof. Eric Salathé at For questions regarding Interfolio or potential disability accommodations, please contact Janet Wilt at

All University of Washington faculty members engage in research, teaching, and service. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Thank you for your interest in this position at the University of Washington Bothell.

The Physical Sciences Division offers a B.S., B.A., and minor in Physics, and undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Earth System Science. The Division is housed in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), which also includes the Divisions of Biological Sciences, Computing and Software Systems, and Engineering and Mathematics. The School aims to be a leader in providing accessible, innovative, and effective education and research that promotes responsible engagement with our world and society. Our mission is to support and promote excellence in STEM research, scholarship, and education through commitment to our core values of collaboration, opportunity, rigor, and engagement. Our Faculty have access to all of the resources of the three campuses of the University of Washington (Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma).

Diversity is a core value of University of Washington Bothell. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. To learn more, read our Diversity Statement

The University of Washington Bothell is one of the most dynamic public universities in the state of Washington. We offer a participatory student experience grounded in hands-on learning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement. UW Bothell’s current enrollment is approximately 6,000 students. More than 90 percent of undergraduates are from Washington State, and approximately half are first-generation college attendees or come from underrepresented groups. Located along wetlands and a river north of Seattle, UW Bothell builds vibrant regional partnerships, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students for leadership throughout Washington and beyond.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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