Western University Physics & Astronomy Teaching Scholar

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario invites applications for a Teaching Scholar (TS) position. This probationary appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor with a workload of 60% teaching, 20% scholarship and 20% service. It will lead to consideration of continuing status (CTS) and promotion to Associate Professor at the end of the probationary period. The starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024.

• Either (1) a PhD in Physics or related field; or (2) a PhD in Education with MSc in Physics or related field. PhD must be completed by the start date;
• evidence of scholarship in teaching and learning such as innovative teaching approaches, curriculum development, and/or publications in the area of educational research;
• previous experience teaching physics, astronomy, and/or mathematics at the university undergraduate level, including preparation and delivery of lectures and design of assessments;
• a record of effective teaching practice.

The successful candidate will be an emerging or established teaching scholar who has a demonstrated, outstanding track record in teaching innovation and classroom teaching. The candidate is expected to contribute to the teaching mission of the Department of Physics & Astronomy: teaching duties will include up to 6 one-semester courses per year at the undergraduate level. The candidate is also expected to engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning, which could include curriculum development, educational research supported by external funding and disseminated through publications and conferences, and training faculty and/or teaching assistants.

Western recognizes that our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is central to the University’s mandate as a research-intensive institution of higher learning. We understand that a pursuit of research excellence and a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization are mutually supporting goals. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.

Assets include demonstrated interest and/or experience in:
• teaching in more than one of physics, astronomy, and mathematics
• educational activities within and beyond the university;
• equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization initiatives related to teaching and learning;
• providing high-impact learning experiences for undergraduates;
• teaching undergraduate courses with large (> 250 student) enrolments;
• course administration, or training and management of teaching assistants.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in service to the University and the profession. Effective communication and interpersonal skills, as well as evidence of leadership potential, will be considered assets.

With annual research funding exceeding $270 million, and an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world applications. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses.

Physics & Astronomy is a research-intensive Department in Western’s Faculty of Science with both undergraduate and graduate programs. It also has a substantial service-teaching commitment, including physics for medical sciences, general science and engineering, mathematics for engineering, and astronomy for non-scientists. We seek colleagues who share our commitment to teaching excellence who will join us in contributing to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

Candidates should submit:

1. The Application for Full-time Faculty Position Form, available at
2. A cover letter addressing how your expertise/experience and proposed activities fit this position (maximum 2 pages);
3. An up-to-date curriculum vitae including a complete publication list;
4. A statement of teaching philosophy and future plans for activities in the scholarship of teaching and learning, which could include educational research, curriculum design and innovation, pedagogical training, or other related activities (maximum 3 pages);
5. A summary of past achievements in classroom teaching and scholarship of teaching and learning (maximum 4 pages);
6. A statement of contributions to equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization which might cover topics such as: teaching that supports the success of students from underrepresented groups in the sciences and engineering, development of inclusive pedagogy, or mentoring of students from underrepresented groups (maximum 2 pages).
7. Contact details for at least three academic professionals who can provide letters of reference, at least two of whom can speak to the candidate’s teaching. Letter-writers will not be contacted until the shortlist stage of the search.

Western recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and potential candidates are encouraged to explain within their application the impact that career interruptions have had and to submit a full career or extended CV.

The application package can be submitted via email in a single PDF file to:

Dr. Pauline Barmby, Department and Search Committee Chair
Department of Physics & Astronomy, Western University
London Ontario, Canada
E-mail: p-a.search@uwo.ca

Consideration of applications will begin on December 20, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Emily Adams at eadams29@uwo.ca

Several PhD positions in “Gravity & Matter at the Extreme”

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) in Potsdam, Germany, announces the opening of several PhD positions in “Gravity & Matter at the Extreme”. We are particularly interested in hiring creative, proactive and motivated candidates who flourish at working in a vibrant,  interdisciplinary and synergistic group.

Successful candidates will join the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Gravitational-Wave Astronomy at the AEI, comprised of the “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” (ACR) and “Computational Relativistic Astrophysics” (CRA) divisions at the AEI in Potsdam, the University of Potsdam (UP) and the Humboldt University (HU) in Berlin. Our graduate students are exposed to a variety of research topics and have access to a world-wide research network, including international partner universities (University of Maryland and the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics at Kyoto University). Our graduate students also have the opportunity to join the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the LISA Consortium through the ACR-division’s membership, and the Einstein Telescope Collaboration through the AEI-UP membership. For a detailed overview of the IMPRS, its research groups, and the application procedure, please visit the IMPRS website.

The two research divisions (ACR and CRA) at the AEI in Potsdam operate three high-performance compute clusters to model gravitational-wave sources (binary black holes, neutron star binaries, and stellar collapse of massive stars), electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational waves, high-energy astrophysical phenomena, and to carry out waveform developments, and data analysis of gravitational waves observed by LIGO and Virgo detectors.

Research Topics and research environment:
Ph.D. theses can cover a broad spectrum of topics in gravitational-wave astronomy, high-energy astrophysics and fundamental physics, such as:

  • analytical modeling of gravitational dynamics and radiation (within post-Newtonian theory, post-Minkowskian theory, gravitational self-force, black-hole perturbation theory, and effective-one-body theory),
  • numerical-relativity, most notably simulations of compact objects in general relativity and alternatives,
  • interpretation and analysis of data from gravitational-wave detectors on the ground (LIGO and Virgo) and in space (LISA),
  • acceleration techniques for gravitational-wave inference, including machine learning,
  • cosmography with gravitational waves (including dark energy, dark matter, gravitational lensing),
  • tests of gravity in the strong-field and highly dynamical regime
  • modelling neutron star mergers as high-energy phenomena,
  • modelling electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational waves,
  • exploring neutron-star equation of state,
  • exploring nucleosynthesis,
  • stellar collapse to a black hole and a neutron star, and
  • modelling gamma-ray bursts.

Successful applicants will conduct their research projects at the AEI in Potsdam, and they will have to enrol and receive their Ph.D. degree from either the University of Potsdam or the Humboldt University in Berlin. The expected duration of the PhD program is three to four years. Applicants are required to have a Master degree by the start of the PhD program.

We offer:

  • A vibrant research environment with access to a world-class research facilities and cutting-edge research projects
  • A structured English-language graduate program
  • Fully funded positions in accordance with TVöD pay grade 13, no tuition fees, and additional funding for conferences and professional development, more info on financial aspects, see here
  • Individual supervision and mentoring by research scientists who are leaders in their respective fields
  • An excellent working environment with various on-campus support (computing facilities, PhD representatives, language courses, residence permit and visa support, children’s day care, etc.), located just 30 minutes from the city center of Berlin

Application Process:
In order to apply, please fill in this form.

You will be asked to upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, university transcripts, a statement of research interests (no more than three pages), a list of publications (if applicable), and your Master thesis (if applicable). The statement of research interests should describe the student’s past research experience, future research interests and how they relate to the IMPRS’s scientific mission.

Applicants also need to indicate the names of three referees for recommendation letters. Referees will be notified by email on how to upload the letters. More information on the preparation of the documents can be found on the IMPRS website and the IMPRS’ FAQ section.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is January 7th, 2024.

Equal Opportunities:
The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability. The AEI and the Max Planck Society welcome persons with diverse backgrounds,
experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (Code of Conduct).

The institute promotes a healthy work-life balance by offering all employees a family support service, cooperation with a nearby international kindergarten, a parent-child office and a nursing room.