The Physics and Astronomy Department at Wheaton College, an undergraduate liberal-arts college of 1600 students in Norton, Massachusetts, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field. The successful candidate will teach courses in astronomy and physics, and will oversee the astronomy program at Wheaton. The successful candidate will also have a program of research that can be carried out in the context of an undergraduate institution, and that may involve the participation of undergraduates. Additional duties include teaching First Year Seminar (rotating with other faculty), advising senior capstone projects, integrating courses into Wheaton’s “Connections” curriculum, and advising undergraduates at all levels. Candidates should show a commitment to excellent teaching at the undergraduate level.
The Wheaton College Observatory, first built in 1874, has been most recently re-located to the top of the new Mars Center for Science and Technology, opened in Fall 2011. The successful candidate will oversee this facility, which has several new 14" telescopes with satellite tracking, photometry, and digital imaging capabilities, as well as several other smaller telescopes. The candidate should have prior hands-on experience with observational astronomy, a strong desire to use the telescopes in teaching, and the ability to supervise student projects in the observatory.
Please submit applications by December 15, 2012 for full consideration. Late applications will be accepted until January 15, 2013.