Faculty Positions

“the teaching opportunity of a lifetime”

No ordinary summer job … the Summer Science Program is a unique opportunity to teach and mentor some of the most promising STEM students of their cohort in the world.

To work at SSP is to join a team of seven, leading 36 amazing young people through an intense and fully immersive university-level research project for six weeks. Living and working together on a university campus, you will dive into hands-on science in a supportive and close-knit community. It’s an experience that can’t be thoroughly captured in a written job description. It’s gratifying and fulfilling, but as with other unusually rewarding experiences in life, also challenging … and sometimes exhausting. 

Compensation includes salary and all meals. For faculty not local to the assigned campus, we provide housing and travel. (While we try to accommodate family members and pets, our ability to do so is limited,)

Full-time Summer Positions
in Astrophysics, Biochemistry and Genomics

Now accepting applications for 2024 - TA positions in all projects

2024 Dates and Campuses

In 2024, SSP plans to operate 12 programs on 8 campuses, possibly more.  Dates for the 2024 programs vary, but typically run from early June through the last week in July.

  • Univ. of North Carolina Chapel Hill   
  • Univ. of Colorado Boulder
  • New Mexico State Univ.
  • Georgia College and State Univ.
  • Indiana Univ.
  • Purdue Univ.
  • Purdue Univ.
  • Georgetown Univ.
  • New Mexico State Univ.
Synthetic Chemistry (new) – location to be announced

Teaching at SSP

Since 1959, hundreds of scientists have been associated with SSP as a student, faculty, or both, including George Abell (UCLA), Edmund Bertschinger (MIT), Ronald Irving (Univ. of Washington), Ed Krupp (Griffith Observatory), Jerry Nelson (UC Santa Cruz), Douglas Richstone (Univ. of Michigan), Thomas Steiman-Cameron (Indiana Univ.), Elizabeth Simmons (UC San Diego), Nicholas Suntzeff (Texas A&M), Robert Tarjan (Princeton), Alma Zook (Pomona), and many more.

Dr. Adam Rengstorf teaching gravity