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Instructor (Limited Term 1 year), Department of Physics and Astronomy and Natural Sciences Program, Faculty of Science

Job ID: 23128

Updated: Yesterday

Location: Main Campus

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Position Description

The Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Natural Sciences Program at the University of Calgary invites applications for a limited-term instructor appointment (1 year) with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Physics or a related fie
ld; will have a demonstrated record of teaching effectiveness, engagement with students; and is expected to teach seven undergraduate courses that will include (see course descriptions in PHYS and SCIE):

  • PHYS 211 and 221 (Mechanics) and 369 (Optics, Acoustics and Radiation for Engineers) in Fall 2021
  • PHYS 259 (Electricity and Magnetism for Engineers, 2 instances) and SCIE 331 in Winter 2022
  • PHYS 211/221 (combined course) in Spring 2022 (May-June)
  • Candidates with a background in energy science interested in teaching PHYS 371 (Energy Science – Fall 2021), SCIE 317 (Energy Transformations – Fall 2021), SCIE 431 (Principles of Hydroelectric Energy – Winter 2022) are also encouraged to apply; one or more of these courses could replace those listed above.

Responsibilities include participation in course planning and coordination, and engagement with laboratory activities. The Department’s teaching and course support team includes dedicated instructors, research-stream faculty, and technical and administrative staff who are committed to the delivery of undergraduate instruction of the highest quality, including innovative and engaging pedagogical methods.

Note that the University of Calgary intends to offer many of its Fall courses in-person, if it is deemed safe to do so, while simultaneously accommodating students who can only attend remotely. The successful applicant must therefore be prepared to relocate to Calgary for the duration of the appointment.

Interested individuals should submit an online application via the ‘Apply Now.’ link Your application attachments should be in pdf format and should include the following:

  • Letter of Application, including identification of courses that fit your qualifications and interest
  • Curriculum Vita
  • A teaching portfolio that includes evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness, and a statement of teaching philosophy and methods

Application deadline: July 15, 2021

Applications can be addressed to Dr. David Feder, Associate Head (Undergraduate), Physics and Astronomy. Please also arrange to have three reference letters emailed directly to Dr. Feder at [email protected]

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Calgary AB T2N 1N4

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, 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.

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. 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)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 


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