Assistant Professor in Astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, October 18, 2019
Archive Date: 
Friday, November 15, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
Smith College
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Smith College
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Astronomy at Smith College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2020.  Successful candidates should be prepared to engage actively with diverse students across the liberal arts. Teaching responsibilities will regularly include survey lecture and lab-based introductory courses, intermediate and advanced astrophysics and observational techniques classes, and courses in the candidate’s field of specialization. Candidates with familiarity with small optical telescopes are encouraged to apply, as are candidates from groups underrepresented in Astronomy.  A Ph.D. in Astronomy or related field is expected by the time of appointment.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest women’s college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges. There will be ample opportunities to engage in research in collaboration with Five College Astronomy Department faculty, students, and postdocs, including competitive access to the 50-meter Large Millimeter Telescope in Mexico. Details about the Department of Astronomy may be found at  Smith College offers opportunities to foster faculty success at every career stage, such as those listed here:

Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, historically underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

Submit application at with a cover letter; curriculum vitae; a teaching statement; a research statement; a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement; a sample syllabus; and three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2019. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2019.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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James Lowenthal
Mary Elizabeth Moses Professor of Astronomy
Smith College
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James Lowenthal
Assistant Professor in Astronomy