Assistant Professor - Physics & Astronomy

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Job Title

Assistant Professor - Physics & Astronomy


Texas A&M University - Commerce


Physics & Astronomy

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

Commerce, Texas

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Job Description


During the application process the “My Experience ” page has a section provided “Attachments (Resume/CV, References, Cover letter, etc.) ” to upload required documents. 

  • Use the Upload button to add each document.
  • You will be able to upload up to 5 documents. Be aware that the maximum size allowed for any one document is 5MB.
  • All documents must be electronically submitted through the Texas A&M Online Employment Services website to be considered.
  • Incomplete or improperly submitted applications may be excluded from consideration.
  • Please do not withdraw your application in an attempt to upload a missing document, instead please email HR for help.

Please provide the following documents :

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume/CV

  • Three professional references with complete contact information (Unsolicited letters of recommendation will not be considered).

  • Transcripts (Unofficial will be accepted with application. Official transcripts are required upon acceptance of verbal offer). 
    If transcripts are from an international institution, it is the responsibility of the prospective faculty member to have the transcripts translated and evaluated by an approved credential evaluator.

  • Teaching Statement

  • Research Statement

If you need assistance, please contact us at HR.Hiring@tamuc.edu


The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University-Commerce invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Physics Education Research (PER). The position will begin January 2023, and is contingent upon the availability of funds. A PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or a closely related field is required. The successful applicant should have a strong interest or demonstrated experience in teacher preparation. The new faculty member will be expected to: carry out a vigorous, externally-funded research program with a primary emphasis on physics education research for undergraduate and graduate projects, advise students, and participate fully in the teaching program of the department.

We have developed a unique, completely online MS program in physics for in-service high school physics teachers and are in the process of building up our undergraduate physics teacher education program. Two members of our faculty are PhysTEC fellows. The successful applicant will be involved in the continued development and expansion of these programs.

Our department and university are dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment. We especially welcome applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in Physics and Astronomy.  This includes, but is not limited to, women, racial and ethnic underrepresented minorities, and LGBTQIA individuals as well as those residing at the intersection of these axes. The department of physics and astronomy is actively involved in furthering these causes through the APS bridge program, the national mentoring community, and through the recent creation of a women in physics group and the employment of inclusive pedagogical practices and classroom environments.

The Physics and Astronomy Department has 11 full-time faculty members. The University offers over 100 undergraduate degrees to over 11,000 students. The campus is located one hour from Dallas in a rural setting. Visit our website at http://www.tamuc.edu/ for further information about the University and phone or e-mail inquiries can be directed to Dr. Kent Montgomery, Department Head of Physics and Astronomy at (903) 886-5488, or kent.montgomery@tamuc.edu.


  • Develop and maintain funded research program
  • Attract and mentor both graduate and undergraduate students
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Advising students
  • Develop curriculum 
  • Working collaboratively with faculty and staff to implement departmental programs
  • Providing service to the department, college, university and public schools, and community


  • Education: Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy or related field
  • Experience / Knowledge / Skills: Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a team of professionals. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Commitment to high quality teaching. Dedication to high standards and student success.
  • Ability to: Multi-task and work well as part of a team.
  • Licensing/Professional Certifications: None
  • Physical Requirements: None
  • Other Requirements: None


Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated record of obtaining external funding. Postdoctoral or other previous experience is preferred but not required.


The position requires the supervision of student workers and graduate students

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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