Assistant Professor of Physics

Cookeville, Tennessee

Tennessee Technological University

Position Information

Position Information

Position Number


Working Title

Assistant Professor of Physics

Job Title

Assistant Professor

Job Type




Job Purpose

Tennessee Tech's Department of Physics has an opening for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position starting August 2022. The Department offers high quality programs which emphasize undergraduate research experiences and lead to a B.S. degree in Physics. Tennessee Tech. is located in Cookeville, midway between Nashville and Knoxville, just 90 miles west of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. A detailed description of the department is available at:

Tennessee Tech provides impact through its engaged students, dedicated faculty, and career-ready graduates known for their creativity, tenacity, and analytical approach to problem solving. As a STEM-infused, comprehensive institution, Tennessee Tech delivers enduring education, impactful research, and collaborative service that creates, advances, and applies knowledge to expand opportunity and economic competitiveness.

Tennessee Tech is committed to a diverse workforce by fostering an inclusive work environment for students, faculty, and staff. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. Tennessee Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Essential Functions

We seek candidates with excellent pedagogical skills including good command of spoken and written English, and strong research credentials. Teaching will include introductory service courses (some of which are taught in a studio format), labs, upper division physics courses. The successful candidate will be expected to include computational applications in upper division lecture courses and be able to teach courses online or using other delivery methods as the need arises. Research in the Physics Department has existing strengths in nuclear physics, fundamental symmetries, and physics education but candidates from all research subfields are encouraged to apply. The ability to engage all levels of undergraduates in research is required.

Minimum Qualifications

A Ph.D. degree in physics (or equivalent) from an accredited institution. A strong commitment to undergraduate education.

Preferred Qualifications

Some prior teaching experience and postdoctoral experience are both strongly preferred.

Compensation and Benefits


Commensurate with education and experience.

Benefits Information

Tennessee Tech offers a competitive benefits package. Benefits include the accumulation of one (1) sick leave day per month and thirteen (13) University holidays. Other benefits include medical and life insurance (shared cost with the university), retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits. Deferred income and benefits over 12 months.

Posting Details

Posting Date


Screening Date


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants will be required to electronically upload a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, copies of all transcripts (official transcripts for all degrees conferred required upon hire), a statement of teaching philosophy (maximum of two pages), a summary of proposed research including opportunities for undergraduate involvement at all levels (maximum of two pages), and names and email addresses of three professional references. To ensure full consideration, all materials must be received by January 3rd, 2022; open until filled.

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Research Plan
  5. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts 2
  2. Transcripts 3
  3. Other Documents
  4. Other Documents 2
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * How did you hear about this job opportunity?

    (Open Ended Question)
  2. * Do you at least have a Ph.D. degree in physics (or equivalent) from an accredited institution?
    • Yes
    • No
Posted: 08/17/2022