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Instructor (Limited Term - 2 Years), Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Calgary

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary invites applications for a limited-term instructor appointment (2-year) with an anticipated start date of August 1st, 2024, or as soon thereafter as possible.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Physics or a related field; will have a demonstrated record of teaching effectiveness and engagement with students; and is expected to teach up to seven courses per year from the following list (see detailed descriptions in the Academic Calendar):

PHYS 211/221 – Mechanics - Fall 2024 and/or Spring 2025
PHYS 223 - Introductory Electromagnetism and Thermal Physics – Winter 2025
PHYS 259 – Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering Students – Winter 2025 and/or Summer 2025
PHYS 303 - Quantum Mysteries and Paradoxes – Fall 2024 (web-based)
PHYS 323 - Optics and Electromagnetism – Fall 2024
PHYS 365 – Acoustics, Optics and Modern Physics (for Engineering students) – Fall 2024
PHYS 371 - Energy Science – Spring 2025
PHYS 375 – Introduction to Optics and Waves – Fall 2024
ASTR 207 – Introduction to Astronomy I - (Spring/Summer 2025)
ASTR 209 – Introduction to Astronomy I - (Winter 2025)

Responsibilities include participation in course planning and coordination, and engagement with delivery of the course laboratories. The Department’s teaching and course support team includes dedicated teaching-steam and 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.

Interested individuals should submit an online application via the ‘Apply Now’ link:

Your application attachments should be in pdf format (in a single file, please) and should include the following:

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

Application deadline: July 19, 2024

Applications can be addressed to Dr. David Knudsen, Department Head, Physics and Astronomy. Please also arrange to have three reference letters emailed directly to the attention of Ms. Naomi Taylor,

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 ( and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources (

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.

About the University of Calgary

UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups. Start something today at the University of Calgary. 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.