Assistant or Associate Professor/Deputy Director of the GMU Observatory (Term)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
George Mason University
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Assistant or Associate Professor/Deputy Director of the GMU Observatory (Term)


The George Mason University Department of Physics and Astronomy, within the College of Science, invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a Term Faculty Assistant or Associate Professor / Deputy Director for the GMU Observatory position. George Mason University is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


It is anticipated that the selected finalist will join the department on August 25, 2020.



The primary responsibilities of this non-tenure-track position include:

  • Teaching lecture and lab courses in astronomy and physics at varying levels, typically four courses in each of the fall and spring semesters;
  • Assisting the Executive Director of the GMU Observatory in managing the campus observatory;
  • Deputy Director duties will include supporting operations and maintenance of the observatory; management of public nights, observatory teaching and learning assistants, and the Friends of the Observatory student club; serving as a liaison with the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club; and
  • Engaging in departmental service as requested by the Chair to include routine administrative duties and student advising/mentoring.


Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a doctoral degree/Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or in a relevant field at the time of hire;
  • An established record of effective teaching and mentoring;
  • Proven ability to use course content management software (e.g. Blackboard) and other, instructional-related software (e.g. MS PowerPoint and Excel) for the delivery of course content is further required.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Significant prior experience operating an observatory.


Review of applications will begin in January 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.


Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position F483Az at; complete and submit the online application, upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Applicant also has the option to upload a recent publication related to physics.


George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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