Fixed-term Assistant Professor in Astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (visiting and non-tenure)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Michigan State University
Department Name: 
Department of Physics and Astronomy
East Lansing
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for a fixed-term position as an assistant professor in astronomy. The central responsibility of this position will be to teach astronomy courses, including introduction to astronomy, with a 2/3 or 3/2 course load over the 2022-2023 academic year. The candidate will be encouraged to participate in the broader intellectual life of the department, and there will be opportunities for professional development in the department.

A PhD in astronomy, physics, or related field at the time of the start of the position is required, and previous experience teaching introductory astronomy as instructor of record is highly desirable, though candidates who have teaching experience not as instructor of record will also be considered. Applications from candidates who have demonstrated inclusive approaches to promoting student success are especially encouraged. The appointment will be for the 2022-2023 academic year, with an expected academic year salary in the range $52,000 to $54,000, depending on experience, with additional work and pay available in the summer of 2023 if desired. An extension for an additional year may be possible based on department needs and satisfactory performance, however, this position is not expected to be available on an ongoing basis.

Applications should be submitted through the MSU hiring website ( Applicants should include (1) a cover letter; (2) a CV including teaching experience; (3) a one-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy; (4) a one-page statement of your experience fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in previous professional settings, and how you plan to contribute in these areas at MSU as part of this position; and (5) the names and contact information for three references, who may be contacted. Please include all information in a single PDF file. Review of applications will begin on May 10, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled; all applications received by this date will receive full consideration.

Questions may be directed to Prof. Jay Strader ([email protected]) or Prof. Laura Chomiuk ([email protected]). Applicants are encouraged to peruse the MSU astronomy group website ( and the MSU NatSci college website on diversity, equity, and inclusion ( MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications from women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Included Benefits: 

The position includes health care and other standard benefits; see for details.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, June 10, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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