Assistant Professor, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Faculty/Instruction
Functional Areas: College of Arts & Sciences
Department: Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
Requisition Number: 13872
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time

Job Summary

The Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences (APS) Department at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is conducting a search for up to two new faculty members at the Assistant Professor rank. We seek applications from candidates across all areas of astrophysics and planetary science, including fields of strategic priority for APS, which are exoplanets, extragalactic astrophysics, and transient phenomena. These positions require the ability to develop and conduct an innovative independent research program, a dedication to teaching in our undergraduate and graduate programs, and a commitment to supporting the diverse student populations in our department. The APS department recognizes that the effectiveness and creativity of a group is strengthened by contributions from a broad range of perspectives. As such, we particularly welcome candidates from groups that are historically underrepresented in our field and/or have demonstrated leadership toward building an equitable and inclusive scholarly environment.

Who We Are

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 60 fields. Our research generates new knowledge, solving some of the world’s most critical problems. The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our students, both in and out of the classroom. The college is the academic home to all five of the university’s Nobel laureates. Additionally, it is home to the university’s four National Medal of Science winners, eight MacArthur "Genius Award" winners, 100 Fulbright Scholars, 17 Guggenheim Fellows, 14 Packard Fellows, 24 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 23 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. CU-Boulder is the only university in the Rocky Mountain region in the American Association of Universities, a group of the nation’s leading research institutions.

The APS department is affiliated with several research centers and institutes (CASA, JILA, LASP) and offers ample resources for teaching and research, including access to observational, instrumental, and theoretical facilities. The University of Colorado is a member of the ARC 3.5 meter and ARCSAT 0.5 meter telescopes, as well as two new 0.5 meter telescopes at the on-campus Sommers Bausch Observatory. CU Boulder is an institutional member of the SDSS IV and V Surveys and has institutional access to the Las Cumbres Observatory. Successful candidates would also have access to the CU Boulder facility for high-performance computing and the development of spaceborne and ground-based hardware. The headquarters of the National Solar Observatory, which expects to begin operations of the DKIST 4 meter solar telescope in 2019, is located on the Boulder campus. Additional information about faculty life and expectations in APS and at CU Boulder can be found at


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What You Will Need

  • Candidates for this position must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in astrophysics, planetary science, or a related field.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Current Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter, which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
  3. List of references
  4. Statement of Research Interests
  5. Statement of Teaching and Mentoring Statement
  6. Statement of Diversity and Inclusion Goals (please see for guidance on these items)
  7. You will need to submit 3 references for this position. These individuals will be contacted and asked to submit a letter of recommendation as part of your application materials once all other materials have been submitted. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2018; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 12/19/2018
Application Due: 2/11/2019
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