Dean of the Faculty

Current Faculty Openings

Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium. For all faculty positions, completion of the Ph.D. or appropriate equivalent is expected. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts context, and a well-articulated plan for sustained research.


Amherst College (formally known as "The Trustees of Amherst College") announces the following faculty positions. Searches will be conducted during the 2014-2015 academic year.  Positions will begin in fall 2015. Amherst College is located at 100 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002-5000

New position listings will be added to this site throughout the summer.

Art and The History of Art (Filled)

Amherst College’s Department of Art and the History of Art invites applications for a full-time, one-year (non-renewable), visiting position in contemporary art for the 2015-2016 academic year. We encourage applications from those with a transnational emphasis. The successful candidate will demonstrate competence and sensitivity in working in a department in which students are broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Two courses per semester including a survey in the development of art and theory since 1960; supervision of senior honors projects; and advising. Candidates with the requirements for Ph.D. completed by July 1, 2015, will be considered. Candidates should submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/28620 a letter of application, CV, one writing sample not to exceed thirty pages, three confidential letters of recommendation, and two sample syllabi, one ofwhich must be for an introductory course. Review of applications will begin March 6, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by this date will be assured of full consideration. Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members. Located in western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five College Consortium.

Biology (Filled)

The Department of Biology at Amherst College seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in molecular biology, to begin July 2015.  The successful candidate will mount an active and widely-recognized research program that involves undergraduate students.  Competitive start-up funding and other institutional support are available.  Teaching duties include participation in lecture courses with laboratories in biochemistry, in molecular genetics, and in a team-taught introductory course in molecular and cellular biology.  A completed Ph.D. is required and post-doctoral experience is expected. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply.  The college is committed to enriching the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. The successful candidate will demonstrate competence in working with students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.  Candidates should submit electronically a cover letter, curriculum vitae, separate research and teaching statements, and three confidential letters of recommendation.  These materials should be submitted electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/25406. Teaching statements should explicitly address the candidate’s approaches to teaching biochemistry and molecular genetics.  Review of applications will begin October 1, 2014, and will continue until the position has been filled.  Information about the research and teaching activities of the Biology faculty can be found at https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/Biology. Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and a teaching faculty of 200.  Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium. 

Black Studies/History (Filled)

The Departments of Black Studies and History at Amherst College invite applications for a tenure-line joint appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the History of the Black Atlantic. We seek a historian of colonial Latin America and the Caribbean with a focus on the history of comparative slavery in the Americas. Research and teaching interests might include the following fields: comparative slave systems and the transatlantic slave trade; the impact of imperial expansion on indigenous populations and on pre-colonial Africa; histories of resistance and slave revolts; the slave family, gender, and sexuality; the rise of plantation agriculture and its effects on world trade systems; and abolition and transitions to free labor. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. Successful candidates will demonstrate competence and sensitivity in working in two departments in which students are broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching and mentoring of students is essential. Candidates must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment. Candidates should submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/25259  a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three confidential letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and syllabi for two proposed courses. Review of applications will begin on November 14, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by this date will be assured of full consideration.  Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members.  Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College consortium.

Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI)

CHI Fellows

The Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College, in its inaugural year, seeks three one-year full-time CHI Fellows from varied disciplines to explore the theme of "Mattering Lives."  Our theme resonates with urgent ongoing cultural and political conversations about the ways in which lives matter—that is, take on meaning and value—in differing ways.  It also implicates emerging questions about the nature and encoding of the human; of our materiality in relation to other forms of life, technology, and ways of being; and of the ways in which life and lives are made manifest through various forms of representation, media, and imaginative culture.  We invite applicants from scholars whose research takes up some aspect of our theme from a humanistic perspective. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. Fellows, who will have offices in the center, are expected to be in residence during the 2015-16 academic year and to participate in workshops and conferences organized to explore our theme.  These fellowships include a salary of $50,000 and, in addition, a $2,500 allowance for professional travel and research support and additional support for moving expenses. Candidates should submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/29001 a cover letter that addresses the connection between the candidate’s scholarship and the center’s theme, a CV, a research statement, a writing sample, and three confidential letters of recommendation addressed to Professor Martha M. Umphrey, Director, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Amherst College.  Review of applications will begin on March 31, 2015, and continue until the positions are filled. Applications received by this date will be assured of full consideration. 

Mellon-Keiter Postdoctoral Fellow

The Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College, in its inaugural year, seeks a Mellon-Keiter Postdoctoral Fellow from across the disciplines to explore the theme of “Mattering Lives.”  Our theme resonates with urgent ongoing cultural and political conversations about the ways in which lives matter—that is, take on meaning and value—in differing ways.  It also implicates emerging questions about the nature and encoding of the human; of our materiality in relation to other forms of life, technology, and ways of being; and of the ways in which life and lives are made manifest through various forms of representation, media, and imaginative culture.  We invite applicants from scholars whose research takes up some aspect of our theme from a humanistic perspective. Amherst College’s Robert E. Keiter 1957 Fund for Postdoctoral Fellows, with matching funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports exceptionally promising young scholars for two years of half-time teaching (one course each semester) in an appropriate host department and half-time research at the college.  In the first year (2015-16), the fellow will have an office in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry and will be expected to participate in workshops and conferences organized to explore our theme.  This appointment, at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, includes an annual salary of $58,000 and, in addition, a yearly $2,500 allowance for professional travel and research support and additional support for moving expenses.  The Mellon-Keiter Postdoctoral Fellowship is open only to recent Ph.D.s who have not already held a regular faculty appointment. A candidate must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by July 1, 2015.  Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.  Candidates should submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/28970  a cover letter that addresses the connection between the candidate’s scholarship and the center’s theme, a CV, a research statement, a writing sample, and three confidential letters of recommendation addressed to Professor Martha M. Umphrey, Director, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Amherst College.  Review of applications will begin on March 31, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by this date will be assured of full consideration. 

Computer Science (Filled)

The Department of Computer Science at Amherst College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning July 1, 2015.  We primarily seek applications in fields related to distributed or parallel computation, but we will accept applications in any field of computer science.  Some of the related fields include networks, cluster or cloud computing, parallel programming, or computation with massive datasets.  Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.  Amherst College is located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. The college offers degree programs in the liberal arts tradition to some of the nation’s brightest undergraduates. It is part of the Five-College Consortium, along with nearby Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, as well as the University of Massachusetts.  The applicant must hold a Ph.D. in computer science or must receive the degree by summer 2015. The successful candidate will be committed to excellence in education at the undergraduate level, comfortable teaching courses both within and outside his or her specialty, and able to direct undergraduate research projects. We seek candidates with a strong research record and a clear vision for a program of future research.  Interested candidates should send the following materials to search2015@cs.amherst.edu: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a description of teaching experience, (4) a research statement, and (5) at least three letters of reference. Applications received by January 1, 2015, will receive full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  For questions, contact the department chair, Professor Scott F. H. Kaplan, at sfkaplan@cs.amherst.edu.

Economics (Filled)

The Department of Economics invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Behavioral Economics.  The appointment will begin in the fall 2015.  Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. The department is seeking high quality candidates in behavioral economics and experimental economics.  In addition to teaching courses related to her/his research, the successful candidate will regularly teach in our introductory course and/or the core intermediate microeconomics course.  Amherst offers a two-course per semester teaching load and excellent research support.  Qualifications include a Ph.D. (candidates must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment) and a record that demonstrates promise of high quality research and teaching. Candidates with dual-career considerations should be aware that the College participates in the Five-College Consortium, and that the other four institutions in this consortium are also hiring in a variety of fields. Please submit curriculum vitae, job market paper, graduate transcript, research statement (if available), and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Adam Honig, Chair, c/o Jeanne Reinle, Academic Dept. Coordinator, Department of Economics, Amherst College, Amherst MA 01002-5000.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Candidates submitting their materials by November 15, 2014, will be assured full consideration.  The department will schedule interviews at the AEA meetings in Boston.

English (Filled)

The Amherst College Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in film and media critical studies and history, with expertise in one of the following possible areas:  documentary film/media, international silent film, critical race studies, avant-garde film and video, or media cultures.  The successful candidate will offer courses in the foundational studies of film from a historical and/or critical perspective, as well as courses in her or his areas of research.  Candidates must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment. Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas.  Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students consists of Pell Grant recipients, and many more are first-generation students; nearly half of our students are non-immigrant minorities.  We seek candidates who are capable of demonstrating competence and sensitivity in working in a college in which students are broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion and/or candidates who have a record of teaching a diverse student population. The faculty member will teach two courses each semester.  Annual responsibilities include first-year writing-attentive courses, specialized advanced seminars, open-enrollment courses in film and media studies, and thesis advising in both English and the program of Film and Media Studies. Strong commitments to scholarship and to undergraduate teaching are essential. Candidates should submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/25710 a letter of application, a CV, one writing sample not to exceed thirty pages, three confidential letters of recommendation, and two to five sample syllabi, including at least one introductory course.  Review of applications will begin October 15, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply.  The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members.  Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium.

Amherst will appoint a postdoctoral fellow as a Visiting Assistant Professor in English for the academic years 2015-17, with support from the college’s Robert E. Keiter 1957 Fund for Postdoctoral Fellows, which has received matching funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The Keiter Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports exceptionally promising young scholars for two years of half-time teaching (one course each semester) and half-time research. This is a full-time salaried appointment that is open only to those who will have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by September 2015 and who have not already held a regular faculty appointment.Given Amherst’s commitment to cultivating a challenging and inclusive educational environment, we seek candidates who can demonstrate experience and effectiveness in teaching, mentoring, and inspiring students representing a broad range of classes, genders, races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, and religions.We invite applications from scholars whose teaching and writing focus on one or more of the following areas:  African American literature, literature from Africa and the African diaspora, Caribbean literature, or post-colonial literature of the global south. Applicants should submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/25776  a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a description of courses previously taught or newly imagined, two confidential letters of recommendation, and one writing sample not to exceed thirty pages.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Applications received by November 10, 2014 will receive full consideration. Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium.

French (Filled)

Full-time, tenure-track position for an Assistant Professor, with research interests in any combination of the following: twentieth- and twenty-first-century French literature and cultural studies; French film; Francophone literature and culture (including the Caribbean, North Africa, and West Africa); and contemporary French civilization. The ability to teach advanced French language classes is also highly desirable. The teaching load is twocourses per semester. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of active research, teaching excellence, and native or near-native fluency in French. Writing samples of no more than twenty-five pages will be requested of all candidates who are interviewed. Candidates must have the Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment.  Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2014, and continue until position is filled. Candidates should submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/25177 an application letter (addressed to “Professor Paul Rockwell, Chair, Department of French”), curriculum vitae, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Amherst College is an undergraduate liberal-arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members.  Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply.  The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.  Today, nearly one quarter of Amherst’s students consists of Pell Grant recipients, and many more are first-generation students; nearly half of our students are non-immigrant minorities.  Given Amherst’s mission and the composition of its student body, we seek applicants who are interested in working in a multicultural environment, in mentoring a diverse student body, and/or who have a record of teaching a diverse student population.

German (Filled)

The Amherst College Department of German invites applications for a Lecturer in German, with the appointment to begin in July 2015. This is a full-time appointment with a multi-year renewal, contingent upon a successful review after three years.Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. The successful candidate will be expected to teach three courses (or their equivalent) per semester at all levels of German language and culture and to contribute to the long-term health and stability of a small but thriving German program. Ph.D. required; native or near-native abilities in English and German required. The candidate we are seeking is well versed in all aspects of German studies, with a proven track record of excellence in foreign language pedagogy and considerable experience in incorporating new technologies in language instruction. Applicants should submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/25261 a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement on language teaching philosophy, three confidential letters of recommendation (at least two of which address effectiveness in language teaching), and two sample syllabi, including an introductory-level language course. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. The Search Committee will conduct Skype interviews of select applicants in December, before interviewing top candidates at the MLA convention in Vancouver in January. Applications received by December 10, 2014, will be assured full consideration. Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members. Located in western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five College Consortium.

History (Filled)

The Department of History at Amherst College invites applications for a full-time, three-year visiting assistant professor position in modern European history, excluding Britain and Russia. The field of research specialty is open, and we encourage applications from those working in all fields of modern continental European history, broadly defined.  When crafting sample syllabi, applicants should consider how their course offerings will complement and expand upon the current strengths in our department, which include twentieth-century intellectual, social, and transnational history, and the history of the European empires. The successful candidate will demonstrate competence and sensitivity in working in a department in which students are broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.  Candidates with the requirements for Ph.D. completed by July 1, 2015, will be considered.  Demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching and mentoring of students is essential.  Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply.  Candidates should submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/28364  a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, syllabi for two proposed courses, and three confidential letters of recommendation.  Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by this date will be assured of full consideration. 

Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought

Amherst College's Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought invites applications for a one-year visiting appointment for the 2015-16 academic year. Teaching responsibilities include two courses per semester and supervision of senior honors projects. We welcome applications from persons trained in the social sciences, the humanities, and/or law. The successful candidate will demonstrate competence and sensitivity in working in a department in which students are broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research and teaching is in one or more of the following areas:  jurisprudence and modern legal theory; the social organization of law; constitutionalism and democratic practice; law and literature; legal history; law, popular culture, and the arts; and law and science. Applicants should submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/28179  a cover letter addressed to Professor Martha M. Umphrey, curriculum vitae, sample of their scholarship, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Mathematics and Statistics (Filled)

Applications are invited for a number of one-year visiting positions in mathematics at the rank of Assistant Professor, with possible renewal for one or two more years, beginning fall 2015.  We seek applicants who can teach and encourage students of diverse backgrounds, including first-generation college students, international students, and students with varying mathematical preparation. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. Responsibilities include teaching a range of undergraduate mathematics courses (two per semester) and helping with the senior comprehensive exam. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in mathematics and have broad intellectual interests and a strong commitment to excellence in research and in undergraduate teaching.  Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, research statement, teaching statement, and at least three letters of recommendation, including at least one specifically addressing teaching, to MathJobs.Org.  Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled, but all applications received by February 20, 2015, will be guaranteed consideration.  See www.amherst.edu/academiclife/dean_faculty/faculty_hiring/employment for details of the position, and www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/mathematics for details about the department.  Questions can be addressed to mathstats@amherst.edu.  Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium.

Philosophy (Filled)

The Department of Philosophy at Amherst College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Social and Political Philosophy.  The successful candidate will offer four courses per year, including foundational courses in social and political philosophy, as well as courses in his or her areas of research.  We seek someone who demonstrates promise of excellence in both scholarship and teaching.   Candidates must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment. Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas.  Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients, and many more are first-generation students; nearly half of our students are non-immigrant minorities.  Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Candidates should submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/26738  a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three confidential letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and syllabi for two proposed courses.  Review of applications will begin on November 14, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.  Completed applications received by this date will be assured of full consideration.  Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members.  The average class size at Amherst College is sixteen.  Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College consortium.

Physics and Astronomy

Astronomy

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at Amherst College starting September 2015, to work with Professor Daryl Haggard (http://www.amherst.edu/~dhaggard/) on multiwavelength observational studies of the Galactic Center and active galactic nuclei. The successful candidate will demonstrate competence and sensitivity in working at a college in which students are broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. This position combines opportunities for research and education in a unique and stimulating academic environment. The successful applicant will contribute to a vigorous research program addressing questions about the evolution of supermassive black holes, including projects on X-ray and radio studies of Sgr A* and the Galactic Center; multiwavelength surveys of galaxies and AGN; and accreting compact binaries and AGN/XRB connections. The position also provides opportunities for independent research within Amherst’s Department of Physics and Astronomy (https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/physics/) and collaboration within the Five College Astronomy Department at Amherst, Smith, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke Colleges and the University of Massachusetts (http://www.astro.umass.edu/about/fcad/). Applicants will have access to rich data sets from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Very Large Array, as well as the opportunity to participate in science projects with the Large Millimeter Telescope in Mexico and the WIYN 0.9m Observatory at Kitt Peak National Observatory.The successful candidate will teach one class each year to Amherst College undergraduates, in collaboration with Amherst astronomy professors Haggard and Cowan. The successful applicant will also be enthusiastic about involving undergraduates in research. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics and experience in observational studies of black holes/AGN at X-ray and radio wavelengths is strongly preferred. The appointment will be for an initial period of two years, with the possibility of extension for a third year. The preferred starting date is September 2015, but may be negotiable. The position includes funds for travel, publications, and computing, and offers a competitive salary with health benefits. Submit application at http://apply.interfolio.com/27773   with a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests, a statement of educational goals, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Applications received by January 30, 2015, will receive full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. 

 Physics (Two Positions)

A grant-funded postdoctoral research position in the Physics laboratory of Professor Jonathan Friedman at Amherst College is available.  The position will primarily involve experimental studies of the quantum dynamics of single-molecule magnets coupled to the radiation field of a resonant microwave cavity. This benefited position is for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Interested candidates should submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/28354  a CV, a letter describing their qualifications, and the names and contact information for three references.  A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Qualifications: Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Physics (or a closely related field) and substantial experience in at least one of the following areas: cryogenics and low-temperature physics, microwave and millimeter-wave techniques, thin-film device fabrication, and/or magnetic-measurement techniques. Applicants must have a strong interest in engaging undergraduates in research. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

 

Amherst College welcomes applications for the position of Physics Teaching Fellow. The successful applicant will work with Amherst faculty teaching the laboratory sections of introductory physics courses. The Teaching Fellow will also work on revising and upgrading the laboratory experiments for those courses. The successful candidate will demonstrate competence and sensitivity in working in a department in which students are broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation and religion.  This is a twelve-month, full-time position, with benefits, that will begin July 1, 2015, though teaching duties do not begin until September 2015. The position is for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. A bachelor’s degree in physics or a closely related field is required. Experience serving as a teaching assistant for undergraduate labs is highly desirable. To apply, please submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/28891   a description of interest in the position and relevant experience, a curriculum vitae, and three confidential letters of recommendation.  Review of applications will begin March 23, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.  Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. 

 Psychology (Filled)

Amherst College invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Psychology starting July 1, 2015. The postdoctoral fellow will be appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Psychology for the academic years 2015-2017, with support from the college’s Robert E. Keiter 1957 Fund for Postdoctoral Fellows, which has received matching funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The Keiter Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports exceptionally promising young scholars for two years of half-load teaching (one course each semester).  These courses will include service courses (such as introduction to psychology, statistics, or methods) as well as intermediate and/or advanced courses in the candidate’s area of specialty. We are particularly interested in someone who can teach basic developmental psychology.  Given Amherst’s commitment to cultivating a challenging and inclusive educational environment, we seek candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to teaching, mentoring, and inspiring students representing a broad range of classes, genders, races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, and religions. This is a full-time salaried appointment that is open only to those who will have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by July 1, 2015, and who have not already held a regular faculty appointment. Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and 200 faculty members.  Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium.  The fellow will fully participate in one of the nation's most vibrant academic collaborations, with support from colleagues and library and research facilities at all five campuses, each located within a twenty-minute drive of the others.  The program is designed to provide fellows with valuable teaching experience and time to complete and publish their research prior to seeking full-time tenure-track positions; fellows are encouraged to pursue their independent research programs vigorously and have all of Amherst's facilities and a modest research allowance to assist them.  Applicants should submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/27633  a cover letter, curriculum vitae, description of courses previously taught, three confidential letters of recommendation, up to three publications, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applications received by December 12, 2014, will receive full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Religion

The Department of Religion at Amherst College is seeking a Visiting Lecturer to teach a single course in the spring of 2015 on the religions of Latin America and/or the religions of Latino/a cultures outside of Latin America. Possible areas of concentration are: distinctive ritual practices and their relationship to context; religious change as influenced by migration and missionary activities; indigenous traditions and their interaction with European imports; and liberation theology. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. degree or will be close to receiving such a degree, and will demonstrate competence and sensitivity in working in a department in which students are broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Application letters, accopmanied by a curriculum vitae, a course description, and the names and contact information of three academic references, should be sent to Andrew Dole, Chair of the Department of Religion (adole@amherst.edu).  Review of applications will begin December 1, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials by this date will be assured full consideration. Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women with 1,800 students and 200 faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium.  Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members.  Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium.

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.