The Faculty Job Market in Physics & Astronomy Departments

Results from the 2008 Survey of Physics & Astronomy Degree-Granting Departments
June 2010
Susan White, Rachel Ivie, Arnell Ephraim, & Garrett Anderson

The Faculty Job Market in Physics & Astronomy DepartmentsThis report examines essential components of the faculty job cycle, including the latest data on retirement, recruitment and hiring in physics degree-granting departments. There is a special emphasis on tenured and tenure-track positions and a separate analysis of departments that award only astronomy degrees. Data on the profile on people hired as faculty members show that graduate students are very unlikely to offered tenure-track positions, as both bachelor’s-granting and PhD-granting physics departments continue to hire faculty members who have completed a postdoc or have some other type of post-graduate experience.  This is the fourth in a series of findings from the Academic Workforce Survey of 2008.

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