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When our students aren’t in the classroom, they’re learning in the real world. Because sometimes it’s these experiences that make the best lessons.

Why Physics and Astronomy at WVU?

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University is dedicated to the study of the physical world and the processes that govern it. Our faculty train students in a wide-range of fundamental areas of classical and modern physics through a structured program of courses, individual and group research activities, department activities and advanced electives.

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy is hiring! See below for featured listings.  If you are interested in any of our part-time or full-time job opportunities, click here to see all.

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

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We invite applications for part-time Lecturer positions to teach undergraduate or graduate courses in the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters of 2022. Apply now


We invite applications for a full-time teaching Assistant Professor (nine-month, non-tenure track, full benefits). Apply now


We invite applications for a full-time Teaching Assistant Professor (nine-month, non-tenure track, full benefits). Apply now


The Department of Physics and Astronomy engages in an impressive array of impactful community outreach. High school students have discovered pulsars, students statewide compete in robotics competitions, and girls in middle school participate in hands-on workshops. The department has its own planetarium too!

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The WVU Planetarium presents free public shows on alternating Friday evenings. The shows provide a glimpse into the night sky, highlighting the wonders of the universe, its origins and our place among the cosmos. The observatory is located atop the physics department and is equipped with a 14-inch Celestron telescope for public viewing in concert with the planetarium shows.

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