University of Alabama at Birmingham, Physics

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Position ID:UAB-Physics-APRAISE [#13375]
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Birmingham, Alabama 35294, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Computational physics, Machine Learning, Physics Education
Appl Deadline:2019/03/31 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (offers accepted 2019/02/27, finished 2019/10/06)
Position Description:    

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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITION (NTE)– Distance-Accessible Physics Education using Emerging Technologies

Known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a comprehensive urban university, with the nation’s third-largest public hospital, that has rapidly evolved into an internationally-renowned research university and academic medical center. Times Higher Education ranks UAB No. 1 young U.S. university, top 10 worldwide. UAB is Alabama’s largest employer, with some 23,000 employees, and an engine of revitalization for Birmingham, with an annual economic impact on the state of Alabama that exceeds $7 billion. With a growing number of approximately 22,000 students and a campus covering more than 100 city blocks, UAB is focused on the future of teaching, research, health care, and community service, with focus on innovation and economic development for Birmingham . We are also a founding partner of Innovation Depot, the largest high-tech incubator in the southeast, whose economic impact between 2010 and 2015 was $1.38 billion. Learn more at UAB: Powered by will.

The UAB Department of Physics,, currently has 18 faculty and instructors, with two more expected to join this Fall. It has experienced growth fueled by its focus on Advanced Materials, Novel Laser Applications, Advanced Computation, and Technology-Enabled Physics Education. Our Distance-Accessible Physics Education project offers unique courses certified for quality (QEP certification) that serve a broad audience of diverse students online. We now invite applications for an Assistant Professor position (non-tenure-earning) focused on Distance-Accessible Physics Education using Emerging Education Technologies. The successful candidate is expected to participate in all departmental activities and apply Physics Education Research findings and high-level coding for innovative course curriculum development to teach a diverse student population. Duties include design of innovative new online courses, incorporation of evidence-based teaching practices and active learning environments in physics distance-accessible courses, integration of emerging educational technologies in the UAB Physics curriculum (use machine learning/AI in online courses), seeking extramural funding, and supervision of instructors and TAs. Requirements include knowledge of best practices for online curriculum development (such as Bloom's Taxonomy or Quality Matters), instructional design experience for high-quality online physics and astronomy courses, LMS programming experience, and a Ph.D. in Physics. Postdoctoral experience in computational physics, knowledge of high-level programming languages such as Python and Java, and demonstrated excellence in teaching are highly desirable. The Department of Physics and the UAB are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from women and individuals from groups underrepresented in physical sciences. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the deadline of March 31, 2019. Applications must include: (i) short letter clearly explaining how the applicant’s experiences, qualifications, and extramural funding ideas are relevant to this position, (ii) full curriculum vitae, (iii) brief description of online and other teaching experiences and mentoring interests, (v) three reference letters. All applications will be handled through For more information, please contact Prof. Ilias Perakis, chair of UAB Physics, at

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment, in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression, as well as sexual orientation. UAB encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and from veterans. A pre-employment background investigation is performed on all candidates selected for employment.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Physics
1530 3RD AVE S
CH 310
Birmingham, AL 35294
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