No ordinary summer job … the Summer Science Program is a unique and unusually rewarding opportunity to teach and mentor some of the most promising young scientists in the world. SSP seeks lecturing faculty for this intensive residential program for academically gifted high school students (rising seniors).
Since 1959, many alumni have cited SSP as a turning point in their lives, and gone on to prominent careers in the sciences and other professions. Over a hundred professional astronomers or physicists have been associated with SSP as a student or faculty, including George Abell (UCLA), Edward Bertschinger (MIT), Nicholas Suntzeff (Texas A&M), Jerry Nelson (UC Santa Cruz), and many more.
On each campus –one in California, one in New Mexico – two resident faculty teach the observational astronomy, celestial mechanics, and vector calculus required to perform a near-earth asteroid orbit determination from first principles. Lectures are at an upperclass college level and a fast pace. Students then use their own observations and software to calculate orbits for their asteroids. Field trips and guest speakers round out the curriculum. See summerscience.org.
Candidates should have demonstrated teaching ability, a strong interest in teaching highly gifted students, and plenty of enthusiasm and energy. A PhD in a physical science and experience in observational astronomy are preferred.
Faculty receive salary, housing, meals, and travel reimbursement. Some planning during the spring will be required.
The Summer Science Program is an independent, alumni-operated nonprofit and an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse faculty and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
salary, housing, meals, and travel reimbursement