The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Swarthmore College invites applications to the Consortium for Faculty Diversity for a two-year CFD teaching post-doc hosted at Swarthmore, beginning with the fall semester of 2019. We seek an astrophysicist for this position, without preference for subfield. Teaching assignments will be flexible and established in conjunction with the successful candidate's preferences. We expect that both introductory and upper level astronomy courses will be options.
Swarthmore is a highly selective liberal arts college located just 11 miles outside of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. The College offers a comprehensive and highly competitive compensation package.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy has roughly fifteen majors and minors per year, many going on to graduate study. Our faculty are committed to providing a comprehensive education, including research opportunities, to all majors and minors regardless of their post-graduation plans. We have two astrophysicists on the faculty working in stellar and exoplanetary fields as well as a cosmologist and five other experimental and theoretical physicists, plus two laboratory lecturers and a physics education specialist. All upper level classes are small and most are taught seminar style, while even astronomy service courses have no more than forty students. We urge candidates to find out more about the department at https://physics.swarthmore.edu.
The CFD teaching postdoc is a two year, full-time position with a reduced teaching load of one class per semester, that affords time for development of the candidate's research program and development of their teaching skills through mentorship and experience.
The strongest candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to creative teaching and an active research program that speaks to and motivates undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.
Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and actively seeks and welcomes applicants with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. We are particularly interested in candidates who can work effectively with students from diverse backgrounds. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see https://www.swarthmore.edu/faculty-diversity-excellence/information-cand....
Applications should be submitted to the Consortium for Faculty Diversity itself. Swarthmore will monitor the applications and contact each applicant.
Full consideration will be given to all application received by January 18, 2019. For more information, please contact David Cohen, Professor of Astronomy and Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a CV, (3) and three letters of reference. We are committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment in the department. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter a discussion of what strategies they would bring to bear that would further this goal. Note that applications are submitted to the CFD, as described above, but applicants and prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the chair with any questions.