Lecturer for Astronomy Practicals

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (visiting and non-tenure)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Groningen
Department Name: 
Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Street Line 1: 
Postbus 800
Job Announcement Text: 

The University of Groningen Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) invites applications for a temporary teaching position in Astronomy, embedded in the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute.

The Undergraduate School of FSE offers education in 13 Bachelor degree programmes to approximately 4000 students. The faculty’s staff and students come from all over the world and nearly all of its degree programmes are in English. The three-year Astronomy Bachelor programme is "top bachelors" in the Netherlands and has a regular intake of 50-60 students, ensuring many contact hours and availability of excellent facilities.

The Undergraduate School has a vacancy for a full-time, temporary teaching position in the BSc programme in Astronomy. Building up research skills, computer skills and learning how to observe are important aspects of the bachelor education in Astronomy. We are expanding the number of staff that are responsible for the content, maintenance, operation, safety, and coordination of these practical astronomy courses. We are looking for a new colleague to join in these activities, and to help in the preparation of the further development of the computer practical and observing-related courses and to prepare them for the future.

The duties of the Lecturer will include: coordination of all practical courses in the astronomy programs (including master courses), technical involvement in realizing the Dark Sky Park Lauwersmeer Observatory, technical involvement in operations of the Blaauw Observatory, involvement in the course Introduction to Programming and Computational Methods for Astronomy, and supervision of students and teaching assistants on practical courses.

Qualifications expected are: a PhD degree in astronomy, enthusiasm for and experience in teaching at the University level, technical know how of observing and observing equipment, experience in programming for astronomy, especially in Python, proficiency in English at the C2 level, willingness to learn the Dutch language, cross-cultural sensitivity and strong communication skills, ability to work independently and to take initiative, and willingness to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) within a year.

The current annual gross salary of this position is, dependent on previous employment and experience, between 48.000 euros and 65.000 euros for a full-time position.The appointment is for one year initially. After a positive evaluation, an extension with another year is possible.

You can apply for this position by sending us your curriculum vitae and motivation letter. The application can be send by clicking on the "apply" button below the advertisement on the university website https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?deta... until 31-12-2018 Dutch local time. The selection interviews will take place in the last week of January 2019. Enquiries are welcome and should be sent to weygaert@astro.rug.nl.

Included Benefits: 

See https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/that-is-why/conditions-employment for more information about employment conditions and benefits.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 7, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, February 8, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Director of the Undergraduate School of Science and Engineering
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Attention To: 
Prof.dr. M.A.M. van de Weygaert
Lecturer for Astronomy Practicals