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Sessional Instructors: Faculty of Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Fall 2024

Job ID: 32268
Location: Main Campus
Updated July 18, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.


The Department of Physics and Astronomy, within the Faculty of Science, invites applications for Fall 2024 Term Sessional Instructor(s).

The successful candidate(s) will have responsibilities for lecture instruction and any other associated duties for these courses offered during the Fall 2024 session.

PHYS 211/PHYS 221 - Mechanics (In-person)
Introductory Newtonian particle mechanics and rigid bodies in rotational equilibrium: Kinematics, Newton's laws, conservation of momentum and mechanical energy.

PHYS 223 - Introductory Electromagnetism, and Thermal Physics (In-person)
Electrical forces and energy. Static electric fields due to point charges. Parallel-plate capacitor. Simple DC circuits. Lorentz force. Static magnetic fields generated by electric currents. Electromagnetic induction. Gas Laws; kinetic theory of gases; temperature, thermal energy, specific heat; energy transfer; laws of thermodynamics; PVT diagrams.

PHYS 303 - Quantum Mysteries and Paradoxes (Web-based)
Aims to explain basic quantum phenomena for students outside the physical sciences. Topics covered may include wave-particle duality, quantum interference, as well as the paradoxes of entanglement and quantum nonlocality. Applications such as quantum cryptography and quantum teleportation are discussed, as are the philosophical interpretations of the quantum picture of the world.

PHYS 323 - Optics and Electromagnetism (In-person)
Static electric fields due to charge distributions. Static magnetic fields due to current distributions. Time-dependent behaviour of capacitors and inductances. Geometrical optics: Thin lenses and curved mirrors. Physical optics: Interference and diffraction.

PHYS 365 - Acoustics, Optics and Modern Physics (for students in Engineering; In-person)
Wave motion as applied to acoustics and physical optics. Wave-particle duality applied to light and matter; electron energy levels of atoms and crystals.

PHYS 375 - Introduction to Optics and Waves (In-person)
Geometrical Optics: lenses, mirrors, and other basic optical components. Wave motion. Description of light as a wave. Fermat's principle. Refraction, scattering, interference, diffraction, and polarization. Optical instruments (including telescopes and microscopes). Lasers and fibre optics if time allows.

PHYS 507 - Solid State Physics (In-person)
Crystal structure. Classification of solids and their bonding. Fermi surface. Elastic, electric and magnetic properties of solids.

PHYS 597 - Senior Physics Laboratory (In-person)
Selected advanced experiments. Where possible, students may choose those experiments most suited to their interests. Development of technical and computer-based skills, technical writing and presentation skills.

Teaching Schedule: To be confirmed. Please monitor for updates to course times. 

Fall 2024 Term Dates: Monday, August 26, 2024, to Tuesday, December 24, 2024


The successful candidate(s) should hold a PhD in Physics or a closely related field and have a demonstrated record of teaching effectiveness and engagement with students.

Please apply on-line via the ¿Apply Now¿ link. Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments (which may require you to merge documents). A complete application should be submitted in a single pdf, and include the following:

  • Cover letter.
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, including fostering an inclusive learning environment
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness. 
  • Three letters of reference (can be submitted with the pdf application or sent under separate cover, by the application deadline to [email protected])


  • Applicants who have taught as a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Science within the past two years may choose to only submit a cover letter and current CV. 
  • Multiple individuals may be hired to instruct different courses and, therefore, applicants are encouraged to indicate the course(s) they are interested in and qualified to teach.

Application Deadline: Jul 26, 2024

Please visit for further information about the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Remuneration is calculated according to the Collective Agreement, Schedule B. Please see the Faculty Association's website at for further information regarding conditions of employment and remuneration. 

As per the Collective Agreement, the Department of Physics and Astronomy will adhere to the right of first refusal terms (Section 23.12.1 and 23.12.2) for Sessional Appointments. 

Thank you for submitting your online application. Only those candidates chosen to proceed in the selection process will be contacted.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

For a listing of all academic opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science, click here

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