Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Astronomy

Austin, TX
Oct 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Department of Astronomy - College of Natural Sciences - The University of Texas at Austin
Location: University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
Open: Sep 28, 2017 • Close: Dec 2, 2017

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level to begin in September 2018.

We welcome applications from candidates in all fields of astronomy and we are open to observers, theorists, and instrumentalists. The search will be at a junior tenure-track level, but outstanding candidates at more senior ranks may be considered.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Astronomy or Physics. The primary selection criteria will be excellence and leadership in astrophysics research, as well as the ability to effectively teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate students. We particularly seek candidates who will lead transformational science with next-generation observational and computational facilities, creatively utilize the resources of the Astronomy department and McDonald Observatory, and contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research, teaching, and service.

Information on departmental resources and research programs can be found at https://astronomy.utexas.edu
  • The department is a major founding partner in the consortium for the next-generation Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT; http://www.gmto.org), scheduled to begin commissioning in 2023.
  • UT faculty members have access to McDonald Observatory, which hosts the upgraded 10-m Hobby-Eberly Telescope, 2.7-m, 2.1-m, and 0.8-m telescopes; and cutting-edge instrumentation, such as the VIRUS integral field unit and the Immersion Grating INfrared Spectrometer (IGRINS). The department provides vibrant collaborative opportunities on large astronomical surveys, including the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX). Through its role as a node host, UT also has access to the Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) network.
  • Computational resources include the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC; https://www.tacc.utexas.edu), which designs and operates some of the world's most powerful computing resources, and is known for its leadership in High Performance Computing, Visualization, and Big Data Analytics.
  • Our Astronomy program benefits from the strong support of over 200 members of the McDonald Observatory and Department of Astronomy Board of Visitors.

Application Instructions
Submissions should include: a cover letter, a description of research accomplishments and current and future research plans (limited to 6 pages), a statement of teaching experience, goals, and philosophy, a Curriculum Vitae, and a list of publications. Candidates are also required to request three letters of recommendation using the application website, which will email the references with instructions to directly upload their letters of recommendation.

Complete applications received by December 1, 2017 will be assured of full consideration.

For further information about the position, please contact the search committee at astro_search2017@utlists.utexas.edu or the Department Chair, Professor Shardha Jogee (chair@astro.as.utexas.edu).

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.