Planetarium director/ Astronomy Instructor or Assistant Professor

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, March 2, 2018
Archive Date: 
Friday, March 30, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (visiting and non-tenure)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Minnetosa, Duluth
Department Name: 
Department of Physics and Astronomy
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota Duluth is soliciting applications for a term position in Astronomy to begin in the 2018-2019 academic year, at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level. This is a one-year, annually renewable position. The position will be split between lecturing duties (65%) and overseeing the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium (35%). The teaching component consists of two (3-unit) undergraduate courses per semester in courses such as introductory, general, and observational astronomy. The Marshall Alworth Planetarium consists of a 30’ dome with a full-dome digital projector running Uniview and a Spitz A3P Star Machine. The planetarium is an important part of UMD’s education and outreach goals, averaging 8,000 visitors per year. Duties will include overseeing the student staff, planning and coordinating programming, and maintaining the facility. The planetarium also owns and operates a “GeoDome” portable planetarium for regional outreach.

At the start of employment, the successful candidate will have completed a MS (for the Instructor position) or a PhD (for the Assistant Professor position) or equivalent in Astronomy, Physics, or a closely related discipline. Prior teaching experience and planetarium experience is desired. The successful candidate should have a strong commitment to astronomy education and outreach at all levels.

For more information on the position, the planetarium, and our department, please visit , and search on job I.D.s 322506 (Instructor) and 322514 (Assistant Professor), or contact Jay Austin (

 The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. To learn more about diversity at UMD:

Included Benefits: 

A comprehensive benefits package is offered. For more information, please see



Application Deadline: 
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, June 1, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Jay Austin
Professor and Department Head
University of Minnesota Duluth
Department Name: 
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
322506, 322514
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Jay Austin
Planetarium/Instructor position