Summer Astrophysics and Astronomy Teaching Opportunities

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, April 20, 2018
Archive Date: 
Friday, May 18, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

We are seeking enthusiastic instructors and teaching assistants for our summer programs for gifted high school students. CTY offers intense, 3-week academic programs for highly talented students from across the country and around the world. As science instructors you will have the opportunity to gain experience teaching gifted students, work in a small class setting (approximately 18 students) with a Teaching Assistant in each room, utilize a generous lab budget, and receive a competitive salary, which includes room & board on campus. Courses are held over two three-week sessions. Staff can work one or both sessions where available. Full course descriptions, job descriptions, and application can be found on our website:

Course descriptions and position availability:

Introduction to Astronomy

  • Instructor: UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA (June 28 – July 21, and July 21 – August 11)
  • Teaching Assistant: UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA (June 28 – July 21, and July 21 – August 11)
  • Teaching Assistant: Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI (June 21 – July 14, and July 14 – August 4)

Students investigate topics as wide ranging as planetary science, solar physics, stellar evolution, general relativity, and the history of astronomy. Course is pitched at the college introductory level. Competitive instructor applicants have had undergrad or grad coursework in Astronomy and experience teaching. Competitive TA candidates have at least undergraduate coursework in astronomy and experience working with kids.


  • Instructor: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (July 14 – August 4)
  • Instructor: Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA (June 21 – July 14 and July 14 – August 4)
  • Instructor: Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (July 14 – August 4)

In this course, students explore the structure of the universe, learn about stellar evolution, and investigate the nature of galaxies. Students then move on to more complex topics such as modern cosmology and the ultimate fate of the universe. Competitive instructor candidates have extensive undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in astrophysics and experience teaching. Competitive TA candidates have undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in astrophysics and experience with youth.

Our online application can be found at:

Interested candidates can respond by sending a resume or CV to Rosa Villastrigo at, or apply online.

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The university promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Instructor starting salaries range from $2,400 - $3,000 for each three-week session, depending on level of education and experience (in addition to room & board)
Included Benefits: 
  • Competitive salary plus room and board at our east and west coast residential sites
  • All classes are taught by both an instructor and teaching assistant, and are limited to a maximum of 18 students per class
  • Opportunity to teach gifted students, and work with other professionals in your field
  • Science instructors are allotted a generous lab budget
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Rosa Villastrigo
Program Manager
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Summer Astrophysics/Astronomy Teaching Opportunities