Collegiate Assistant Professor

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Collegiate Assistant Professor
Faculty Rank: Collegiate Assistant Professor
Posting Number: TR0170118
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The College of Science at Virginia Tech and the Academy of Integrated Science, through its Division of Nanoscience (, are placing strong emphasis on teaching in the area of nanoscale science and quantum phenomena. As part of this initiative, Virginia Tech has one non-tenure track faculty position in the Department of Physics ( to start in Fall 2018. The appointment will be at the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor with an initial 3-year appointment and the possibility of multi-year renewal upon successful review. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty across the university on the “Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities” Destination Area; (

The B.S. in Nanoscience degree ( program is a multi-departmental effort including the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geosciences, and Physics and represents an entirely new approach to training scientists, one that develops foundations and skills for rapidly growing fields such as quantum technology, nanomedicine, and multifunctional nanomaterials. The new hire will have opportunities to interact with the Center for Soft Matter and Biological Physics (, College of Engineering (, Macromolecules Innovations Institute (, Biocomplexity Institute (, and Institute of Critical Technology and Applied Science (
We seek candidates who are passionate about teaching undergraduate students. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses and laboratories related to nanoscale science, where successful candidates will:
● Make significant contributions to our instruction in nanoscience; coordinate laboratory and in-major courses, work closely with our undergraduate students, and lead efforts in curriculum enhancements and innovative pedagogy;
● Continue to develop professional capabilities and participate in scholarly activities, including travel to and participation in professional conferences and societies; and participate in department, college, and university service and governance, as well as professional service.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field. Successful candidates will be expected to teach effectively at the undergraduate level and work closely with the existing nanoscience program. Applicants must have a strong background in Physics; demonstrated experience with and commitment to teaching excellence; a desire to advise and teach a student body which is diverse with respect to socio-economic status, interests, and abilities; and commitment/sensitivity to address issues of diversity in the university community.

Preferred Qualifications:

Desirable characteristics include a record of pedagogical achievement and vision, creativity, and leadership skills relevant to instruction. Preference might be given to candidates with experience in teaching in classroom and/or laboratory environments.

Employment Conditions:
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How to Apply for this Job:

Applications must be submitted online at #TR0170118 and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae with the official PhD transcript attached, a statement of teaching philosophy that describes an integrated vision for nanoscience education, and contact information for three references. The review of applications will begin on December 30, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. As part of the hiring process, the successful applicant must pass a criminal background check. Questions regarding the position can be directed by Email to:
Virginia Tech is an EO/AA university, and offers a wide range of networking and development opportunities to women and minorities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodation in the application process should notify Ms. Jacqueline Woodyard in the Department of Physics, (Email: woodyaj Tel: 540- 231-7566, or call TTY 1-800-828-1120.

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Standard Academic Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Department: Physics
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 09/12/2017
Review Begin Date: 12/30/2017
Job Close Date: (if applicable)
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcript
  4. List of References
  5. Teaching Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Reference #1
  2. Letter of Reference #2
  3. Letter of Reference #3