Non-Tenure Track Faculty Position in Astronomy/Astrophysics

The School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology invites applications for an Open-Rank Academic Professional or Senior Academic Professional (Non-Tenure Track Instructional Faculty), with a focus on teaching, outreach and academic advising responsibilities in astronomy and astrophysics. The successful candidate will join a team of 50 faculty (eight are non-tenure track) with broad research interests, including physics education, and will be a member of the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics. The School of Physics is planning to launch a new undergraduate major in Astrophysics in Fall 2025, and the successful candidate will be instrumental in implementing and developing this exciting new program.

The primary responsibilities for this position will be:

  • Teach three courses per year and contribute to curriculum development
  • Advise undergraduate students pursuing degrees in physics and/or astrophysics
  • Manage and oversee the operation of the rooftop observatory, including initiating activities to enhance and upgrade observatory facilities as needed.
  • Develop and implement a sustained public outreach effort that makes use of the rooftop observatory and other School and Institute resources.
  • The successful candidate may also teach upper-level laboratories and TA (Teaching Assistant) development courses depending on their expertise and curricular needs.

This position vacancy is an open rank announcement. The final job offer will be dependent on candidate qualifications in alignment with Non-tenure Track Academic Faculty ranks as outlined in section 3.2.2 of the Georgia Tech Faculty Handbook:

 For all ranks, a PhD in Astronomy, Physics, or related field is required.

  • Rank of Academic Professional
    • Significant related experience or promotion from the rank of Associate Academic Professional (or equivalent title)
    • Quality of performance and potential development must be recognized by peers.
  • Rank of Senior Academic Professional
    • Evidence of superior performance in the chosen field
    • Recognition by peers (whether national, regional, or local)
    • Successful and measurable related experience
    • Five (5) years or more as an Academic Professional (or equivalent title)

 Ideal candidates will have experience in student advising, mentoring, or other student success activities and demonstrated competence in introductory astronomy/astrophysics instruction (at the calculus-based level). In addition, ideal candidates will have experience with observational techniques and outreach activities using small optical telescopes.

Application materials should be submitted as .PDF files via Please search for JOB ID 267195 Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching, outreach and advising philosophy, a summary of teaching and outreach experiences, a sample course syllabus or a portfolio of teaching products. In addition, applicants should arrange for at least three confidential reference letters to be submitted on the candidate's behalf directly to: They should also include the names and contact information of these references in the application packet.

Requests for information may be directed to Dr. David Ballantyne by email: Applications will be considered beginning February 20, 2024, but the search will continue until the position is filled. An earned doctorate is required by the start of the appointment.

Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position is a renewable, 12-month, open-rank, non-tenure-track appointment in the Academic Professional career track. This position comes with academic faculty status and generous benefits, including a retirement plan, medical plan, vacation time, and sick time.

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