YSPA Assistant Instructor

Yale Summer Program in Astrophysics, 2020

Application Deadline: February 29, 2020

Job Description:
The YSPA Assistant Instructor (AI) is a member of the academic staff who does a significant amount of classroom teaching in support of the Academic Director during the residential component of YSPA. She or he may be expected to:
  • Teach up to half of the morning classes over the course of the program;
  • Teach or supervise some of the afternoon computer lab tutorials;
  • Teach or supervise one or more of the special project lab sessions;
  • Lead some evening tutorial sessions on specific topics in the curriculum, as directed by the Academic Director;
  • Be available some afternoons and evenings for one-on-one consultation and mentoring with students;
  • Grade some fraction of student problem sets and projects and provide students with feedback on their academic work;
  • Work with the Academic Director to fulfill any other academic needs of the program.
In addition to these responsibilities, the AI may be asked by the Academic Director or Program Manager to participate in these program activities: 
  • Attend YSPA dinners and facilitate discussion with the students during dinner;
  • Participate in most YSPA field trips;
  • Attend most YSPA guest lectures and sometimes facilitate Q&A with the speaker;
  • Participate in pre-program planning and preparation (can be done remotely). 
Requirements for the assistant Instructor position:
  • Must be at least 25 years old by July 12, 2020.
  • Must have PhD or equivalent experience in astronomy or physics.
  • Must have experience teaching in higher education.
  • Experience teaching observational astronomy with small telescopes and digital CCD cameras highly desirable.
  • Experience in teaching and mentoring high school students highly desirable.
  • Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
  • Travel compensation to and from campus 
  • Dining in Yale dining hall and catered meals at LFOP, July 12 through August 9, 2020
  • At will employment, employee of the Astro Dept., no benefits

Electronic Application for YSPA Assistant Instructor