About Us

The James Madison University Department of Physics & Astronomy within the College of Science & Mathematics is an undergraduate-only department with twenty faculty members and over one hundred and twenty majors. James Madison University is a state funded comprehensive university that consistently ranks near the top of its classification in many nationally published rankings. Our vision is to strive to be a leading undergraduate physics and astronomy department by building a research-active, student-centered community.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers both major and minor programs in Physics and a minor in Astronomy for students interested in a challenging program in pure and applied sciences. Several tracks exist within the major including materials science, computational physics, electronics, and applied nuclear physics which allow students preparing for a wide range of post-graduate options to pursue the curriculum best suited to their needs. The department also offers a 3/2 program in Engineering in conjunction with the University of Virginia. Check out our video to find out more about us:



New! The James Madison University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for an Accelerator Laboratory Manager at the rank of administrative and professional faculty to begin June 2016. An earned masters or, preferably, a PhD degree in physics, engineering or a related scientific field is required. This person will support the renovation and operation of the new Madison Accelerator Laboratory that includes a clinical 15 MeV Linac and a 140 KeV X-ray machine. The successful applicant should have a strong technical background in the fields of electronics, vacuum systems and radiation safety. Review of applications will begin on April 11, 2016. For more information regarding this position and to apply go here (posting number 0407198).

The James Madison University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2016. We seek outstanding candidates in the areas of experimental soft condensed matter, nonlinear, nonequilibrium or biological physics. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field, relevant postdoctoral experience and a demonstrated record of teaching physical sciences and mentoring undergraduates. The successful candidate is expected to initiate and maintain a vigorous research program involving undergraduate students and be an effective teacher at all levels of the undergraduate physics curriculum, including courses for non-science majors. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2015. To apply go here (posting number 0406970) to submit your application electronically.

The department also has 2 one-year non-tenure track faculty positions for the 2016-2017 academic year. The successful candidate will teach introductory physics or physical science for non-science majors. Additional duties may include conducting general physics or introductory electronics laboratories. The successful candidate will have an earned Ph.D. in astronomy or physics. A demonstrated interest and ability in teaching courses relevant to the position is required. Review of applications will begin on January 4, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply go here (posting number 0406977) to submit your application electronically.

Giving to JMU Physics & Astronomy

The Department of Physics & Astronomy relies on donations from our friends to carry out several important functions within the department and to support our strong scholarship program for our students. There are several ways to put your dollars to work within the department which greatly benefit our students. Any donation, no matter how small or large, is greatly appreciated. For more information on how to support the Physics & Astronomy department click here.