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Astronomy and Astrophyics: Lecturer Pool (Ongoing)

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THE DEPARTMENT OF ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an on-going pool of qualified part-time temporary lecturer(s) to teach various introductory courses. The introductory courses are designed mainly for non-science majors and standard texts and or readers may be used for these classes. Topics may include introductory astronomy, the solar system, stellar structure and evolution, planets, high energy astrophysics, extragalactic astronomy, and cosmology. Special attention will be given to persons 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, but accepted candidates will also be eligible for Summer Session appointments.

RANK: Lecturer

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. The salary is approximately $7,500 per course (prorated for percent of time). Compensation for Summer Session courses may vary from this amount.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Astronomy or Astrophysics or a related field; teaching experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE: As openings occur, appointments contingent upon availability of funding.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include a letter of application (addressing the basic qualifications); a curriculum vitae; a sample course syllabus; teaching evaluations, if available; and the names and contact information of three references.* Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

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Refer to Position #JPF00171-15P in all correspondence.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

CLOSING DATE: Ongoing. As this is an ongoing recruitment, applicants will be asked to update their files periodically if they are interested in remaining in the pool.

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: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (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. More information is available here or from the Academic Personnel Office (APO) at (831) 459-4300.

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If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Academic Personnel Office at (831) 459-4300.


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Document requirements
  • Letter of Application - Address how you meet the basic qualifications

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Sample Course Syllabus

  • Teaching Evaluations (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)