New York University

Contract Faculty and Department Chair, Department of Applied Physics

Department of Applied Physics

The Department of Applied Physics at the New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering invites applications for a full time, non-tenured, renewable senior-level faculty position, who will serve as Department Chair, with a start date as early as June 2020, but no later than September 2020.

New York University is one of the top private research universities in the United States. NYU Tandon has an illustrious past as Brooklyn Poly and NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Our mission is to excel in research, teaching and entrepreneurship. We aim to inspire and educate engineers for the 21st century. We are committed to quality, integrity, and respect for each other. We take pride in our high numbers of women students and students who are the first in their family to go to college. We seek faculty who have a real passion for a culturally diverse environment. Tandon belongs to the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), which assists with dual-career searches.

With NYU's unrivaled global network of campuses, we promote a truly global engineering education. We are deeply committed to teaching and learning, and we lead in online education and in K-12 STEM outreach. Our students conduct Vertically Integrated Research projects and participate in an extensive undergraduate summer research program.

The Applied Physics Department offers BS degrees in Applied Physics, and in Physics and Mathematics, and an MS degree in Applied Physics. The department also offers introductory physics courses to all Engineering majors. The Department Chair will be responsible for the operation of the department and for shepherding the departmental faculty, degree programs and course offerings. You will direct the recruitment, mentoring, performance review, and reappointment of faculty. You will oversee course offerings and scheduling and student advising. The new Department Chair is expected to lead a curriculum review and possible overhaul of the physics course offerings for engineering students. You will also have teaching responsibilities, but with a reduced teaching load.

You should have a Ph.D. in Physics, Applied Physics, or a closely related discipline and a record of ten or more years of experience as a full-time faculty at North American colleges or universities. You should have experience teaching large, multi-section physics and laboratory courses. You should be an excellent teacher.

Application Instructions:

You should submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Current CV
  • Recent teaching evaluations (if available)
  • Teaching statement describing experience and teaching philosophy
  • Names and contact information for three references.


We will review applications starting March 1, 2020 and will continue until we fill the position; we encourage you to submit early.

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Last updated: 2020-03-12