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Physics and Astronomy, Tenure-Track Faculty

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Work Type: Tenure-Track
Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Categories: Sciences

Job Title

Physics and Astronomy, Tenure-Track Faculty


Physics and Astronomy

University Expectation

MTSU seeks candidates committed to innovative teaching, robust research/creative activity, and meaningful service. We also seek to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with diverse students.


Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Job Summary/Basic Function

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Middle Tennessee State University invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position (#156070) at the rank of assistant or associate professor. The start date for the position is August 1, 2024.

The successful candidate will be passionate about research and teaching and have a plan for developing an active research program to engage undergraduates. In addition, there are opportunities to work with graduate students in our Computational Science and Data Science PhD programs and participate in our new Quantum Science Initiative launched in 2023. MTSU is an R2 university with a strong emphasis on research. Our Physics and Astronomy faculty include NSF CAREER award winners, faculty supported by traditional NSF, DOE, and NASA funding, and Fulbright and KITP Scholars. Appropriate research areas may include but are not limited to quantum materials, machine learning, quantum information science, physics and astronomy education research, experimental biophysics, applied optics, nanomaterials, and astrophysics. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. To learn more about our department, please visit

Required Education

A terminal degree in physics or a closely related field is required by the appointment date.

Other Desirables

Those with a proven track record for mentoring women and minorities will receive special consideration.

Documents Needed to Apply

To successfully apply, applicants must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and statement of research or creative activities (as appropriate to the discipline) as separate attachments at the time of online application.

Special Instruction to Applicants 

For more information about serving as a faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University, please visit our faculty recruitment webpage at

If you need help applying, please contact Mitzi Dunkley, Faculty Recruitment Specialist, at (615) 898-5128. If you have position-specific questions, please contact Nat Smith at

MTSU offers a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to the following:  

  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation Leave for Administrative/Classified Staff/12-month Faculty
  • 13 paid University holidays
  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Optional 401K and 403B Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Educational benefits for the employee and their spouse and dependents
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MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment is required before employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU are available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug-Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you must provide information about your criminal history to be considered.

For individuals requiring reasonable accommodation to apply: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position with MTSU, please call 615-898-2929 or email

Application Review Date: 11/08/2023

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