Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Astro Instructor, USC, Columbia SC

Job Description The University of South Carolina Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a non-tenure-track position as an Instructor with a start date of August 16, 2013. This is a nine-month position with the possibility of extra compensation for summer teaching, subject to availability of funds. The position is for one year with the possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance and continued funding. The duties of this position are to teach up to three 200-level physics courses during each calendar year; plan and conduct observatory and planetarium exercises for students in the university's astronomy courses, including daily set-up and tear-down of the equipment for these exercises; maintain the inventory of telescopes and other equipment in the observatory; plan and implement upgrades to the observatory's instrumentation; maintain the observatory's website; and conduct community outreach activities, including coordination of weekly public observing sessions. The Melton Memorial Observatory houses seven telescopes with apertures ranging between 16" and 8", a 60 mm H-α Solar Telescope, 80 mm and 127mm Apochromatic Refractors, and a 152 mm H-α/Ca-K Telescope, along with CCD imagers and auto-guiders. Minimum Qualifications This position requires a Master's degree in physics or astronomy or in a closely related discipline. Candidates should be capable of lifting and manipulating bulky objects weighing as much as 20 kg. Preferred Qualifications Prior experience in observational astronomy will be an advantage.