Visiting Assistant Professor of Astronomy

Job Summary

Visiting and Non-tenure Faculty Positions
Williams College
Physics and Astronomy
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

Williams College invites applications for a one-year visiting assistant professor to teach Astronomy within the department of Physics and Astronomy, to begin Fall 2024.


The teaching load will be 2-2. The teaching assignment will consist of two 100-level non-majors Astronomy courses, and two other upper-level electives to be determined in conversation with the candidate. We provide mentoring in teaching and research for visiting faculty as well as some support for research. There will also be opportunities to engage in research projects with students. Futhermore, Williams offers faculty participation in the college's professional development program "First3", along with support through the newly established Rice Center for Teaching. We are particularly interested in attracting and welcoming candidates from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse undergraduate student populations. 



Candidates should have a Ph. D. at the time of appointment. All offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a background check. Further information is available at


Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted online through Interfolio. Review of applications will begin on February 19th and continue until the position is filled. Your application should include a cover letter, a vita, three letters of reference, a short (1-2 page) teaching statement, and a short statement of research interests. You should also explicitely speak to your commitement to and perspective on diversity, equity, and inclusion in whatever manner is most appropriate within your application package. Semi-final round interviews with the search committee will be held via video conference in late February, with a campus visit shortly thereafter. We aim to complete the search by the end of March. Please contact the department's administrative assistant, Michele Rech ([email protected]) or the chair, Professor Tiku Majumder ([email protected]) with any questions about the position. 


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Williams College is a liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachuesetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams College website (

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive. 


Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Dec 19
Application Deadline
2024 Feb 18