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Physics Non-Tenure Track Faculty (Applicant Pool)

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Please apply online and upload the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. The List of Three (3) Professional References – their names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses.

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 15171
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Sarah Barutha at 406-994-6186 or

Classification Title Instructor
Working Title Physics Non-Tenure Track Faculty (Applicant Pool)
Brief Position Overview

The Department of Physics seeks a non-tenure track Assistant Teaching Professor or Instructor to teach various introductory and upper division physics and astronomy courses.

Faculty Tenure Track No
Faculty Rank Non-Tenure Track
Position Number 4A6152
Department Physics
Division College of Letters & Science
Appointment Type Non-Tenure Track (Pooled)
Contract Term Semester
Semester Fall & Spring
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation AFMSU
FTE varies
Benefits Eligible Depends on HR (please contact Human Resources - 406-994-3651)
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and number of courses being taught.
Contract Type LOA
If other, please specify
Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

Teach introductory and upper level undergraduate Physics courses. The Department of Physics seeks an non-tenure track Assistant Teaching Professor or Instructor to teach the various introductory and upper level undergraduate physics or astronomy courses in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, depending upon available funding.

Duties and Responsibilities

The new faculty member will be expected to contribute to excellence in undergraduate teaching in the areas of physics and astronomy, related to the applicant’s strength. Other responsibilities include advising and mentoring undergraduate students.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

B.S. in Physics

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

Masters or PhD in Physics or closely related field
Teaching experience

The Successful Candidate Will

•Be a dynamic instructor who has broad knowledge in Physics or Astronomy

•Have excellent written and oral communication skills

•Have the ability to inspire and facilitate learning among a diverse student body

•Have the ability to work well with colleagues, students, and others and contribute to a collegial environment

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This position MAY BE a Union position. Union membership is determined by the amount of work being contracted.

Any position working 50% or more is represented by the Associated Faculty of Montana State University (AFMSU). Faculty covered by AFMSU must begin paying either membership dues or representation fees within thirty (30) days of hire. This is a condition of employment. Additional information can be found at

Any position working less than 50% is not represented by the Union, and is not required to pay dues. If the terms and conditions of the hire contracts change, the representational status of this position could be impacted.

Physical Demands

Normal classroom environment

The Program

The Department of Physics is in the College of Letters and Science. The department is committed to education and research in physics, the study of the fundamental universal laws that govern the behavior of matter and energy, and the exploration of the consequences and applications of those laws. The Department of Physics is widely known for its excellent teaching and student mentoring and plays an important role in the university’s Core Curriculum. The Department of Physics has strong academic programs with several options for undergraduate physics majors, leading to the B.S. degree, as well as graduate curricula leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

The Department

Principal concentrations of the department’s research groups are in Astrophysics, Relativity and Cosmology, Condensed Matter Physics, Lasers and Optics, Physics Education, Solar Physics, and the Space Science and Engineering Lab. Numerous outreach activities carry physics to K-12 teachers, classrooms, and the general public. Student involvement is central to the department’s educational, research, and outreach activities. The varied accomplishments of our department are a tribute to the extraordinary efforts of the 26 tenure-track and research faculty, 13 postdoctoral fellows and scientists, 60 graduate students and 90 undergraduate students, backed up by an outstanding and highly motivated support staff.

The College

The College of Letters and Science (L&S), the largest center for learning, teaching and research at Montana State University, offers students an excellent liberal arts and sciences education in nearly 50 majors, 25 minors and over 25 graduate degrees within the four areas of the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences.

Building on the great strength of our traditional disciplines, the college provides exciting opportunities for faculty and students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary inquiry. L&S is dedicated to supporting student success, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing an atmosphere in which discovery and learning are integrated and valued. L&S is at the confluence of intellectual tradition, discovery, and innovation.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies Pooled Position
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Applications will be accepted and screened for the duration of this pool.

Special Instructions

Please apply online and upload the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. The List of Three (3) Professional References – their names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses.
Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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