Thursday, April 21, 2016

Astro VAP, Amherst College MA

Amherst College’s Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Astronomy beginning in July 2016.  This position is a one-year appointment with full benefits.  Given Amherst’s commitment to cultivating a challenging and inclusive educational environment, we seek candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to teaching, mentoring and inspiring students representing a broad range of classes, genders, races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations and religions.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach two astronomy courses/semester, at least one of which will be an introductory astronomy class for non-majors.  Astronomy faculty at Amherst are also members of the Five College Astronomy Department, consisting of astronomers from the University of Massachusetts and Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges.
A Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field is required; preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral research and teaching experience. Applicants should submit electronically to  an application letter, a teaching statement, a curriculum vitae, and three confidential letters of recommendation.  Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications received by June 1, 2016 will receive full consideration.
Amherst is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and a teaching faculty of 200.  More information about the College can be found at  Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.