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Astronomy and Astrophysics: Lecturer Pool (Ongoing)

Recruitment Period

Open March 21st, 2019 through Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by December 1st, 2020, you will have until January 4th, 2021 to complete your application.


The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an ongoing pool of qualified part-time temporary lecturer(s) who may be appointed to teach various lower and upper division undergraduate courses. The lower division courses are designed mainly for non-science majors and standard texts and/or readers may be used for these courses. The upper division courses are designed for undergraduate Physics (astrophysics) majors and minors.

Topics may include introductory astronomy, the solar system, stellar structure and evolution, planets, high energy astrophysics, extragalactic astronomy, cosmology, and observational methods.

Special attention will be given to those with proven undergraduate teaching skills. Teaching assistants may be assigned to assist instructors and will be supervised by the instructor. Regular appointments are during the academic year.

The campus is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching and other assigned duties.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience and the particular courses the Lecturer is appointed to teach.

Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field at the time of application; teaching experience at the college or university level.

Appointments are contingent on the hiring unit’s instructional need and the availability of funding. Appointments are typically made during one or more quarters of the regular academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters).

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00694-19P in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
  • Curriculum vitae, which must include names and contact information for a minimum of three professional references (required)
  • A sample course syllabus (required)
  • Teaching evaluations, if available (optional, a maximum of three sets of teaching evaluations will be accepted)
  • Statement that addresses past or potential contributions to diversity through teaching (optional) See guidelines on diversity statements at

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted through December 1, 2020. This recruitment is valid for initial appointments through fall 2020. Initial appointments made after this period must be made through other recruitments.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see More information is available at the APO website (see or call (831) 459-4300.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include names and contact information for a minimum of three professional references

  • Sample course syllabus

  • Teaching evaluations (set 1 of 3) - Evaluations for one course will be accepted

  • Teaching evaluations (set 2 of 3) (Optional)

  • Teaching evaluations (set 3 of 3) (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching. See guidelines on diversity statements at