Assistant Professor in Physics & Astronomy- Gravitational Wave/ Radio Astronomy
Assistant Professor in Physics & Astronomy- Gravitational Wave/ Radio Astronomy
Job Class Code: 10031
Posting Number: FRGV1096
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Scope of Job:
We seek applicants who are dedicated to serving The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's diverse student body as Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year. It is UTRGV's Vision “To be one of the nation's leaders in higher education, its premier Hispanic-serving institution, and a highly engaged bilingual university, with exceptional educational, research, and creative opportunities that serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.” As such, UTRGV is committed to building a diverse faculty that can contribute to an enriching learning environment that strives for more equitable outcomes for student success.
UTRGV is a distributed campus, one university spanning four counties and multiple locations. Our purpose is to be a university for the entire Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Over 91% of the students enrolled at UTRGV identify as Hispanic, making UTRGV one of the top 3 universities with the highest percentage of Hispanic students.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is accepting applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position, with a research focus in the areas of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy, Radio-Astronomy and Astrophysics, to begin in Fall 2021. The department has strong research groups in this area, with several members of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration working in the areas of continuous wave and supernova data analysis, lasers, optics R&D, detector characterization and noise modeling, and electromagnetic follow-up. Additionally, Radio-astronomy research focuses on transient phenomena and their detection in the low radio-frequency range. This research is conducted at several state-of-the-art laboratories at UTRGV, as well as through collaborative work with the two LIGO national laboratories in Washington State and Louisiana, the nationwide Low Frequency All Sky Monitor (LoFASM) network and a dedicated gravitational waves optical follow-up facility in the Southern Hemisphere. The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) is available for computationally intensive tasks. The successful candidate should complement these research areas, but outstanding candidates in closely related fields will also be considered. A new PhD in Physics has been recently approved by the University of Texas system and is expected to receive state approval soon.
Responsibilities of the position include delivering instruction in physics at the undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. level; conducting research, including attracting extramural funding; and participating in service activities within the department, university, and community.
PhD in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, or any other related discipline. The successful candidate will also be expected to engage with and mentor students within his/her research program. We are seeking a candidate with the potential for exceptional research, excellence in teaching, and a commitment to enhancing diversity and improving opportunities to underrepresented minorities in Physics and Astronomy.
Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
Candidates should show a strong record of independent publication, and the ability or potential to bring in external funding.
Postdoctoral experience and a track record showing the potential for high impact contributions in the areas of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy, Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?: No
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2021
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. UTRGV promotes and ensures equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. Our University is committed to complying with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in our education programs and activities, including employment.
An eligible veteran, surviving spouse of a veteran or an orphan of a veteran is entitled to preference in the selection process over other applicants who do not have greater qualifications. Further, we grant an employment preference to former foster youth who were in the permanent managing conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on the day preceding the individual’s 18th birthday over other applicants for the same position who do not have a greater qualification.
We encourage women, minorities and differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of interest
Open Date: 11/02/2020
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:
*Date of Birth
*Social Security Number
Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.
Complete all sections on the application. If you are applying for the first time please complete all biographical information including address, email and phone. You may update this at any time by selecting to edit your profile in the application.
Security sensitive; All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be conducted for all candidates invited for an on-campus interview.
Complete all sections on the application. If you are applying for the first time please complete all biographical information including address, email and phone. You may update this at any time by selecting to edit your profile in the application. Security sensitive; All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be conducted for all candidates invited for an on-campus interview.
Interested candidates must submit an application package that should include: a cover letter stating a specific interest in the position; curriculum vita with full publication list; description of future research plans; teaching statement; diversity statement describing how he/she would promote an environment of diversity and inclusion through his/her different activities; and the names, affiliation and contact information of at least three references.
UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.
Department of Physics and Astronomy website: www.utrgv.edu/physics/
Please Note Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Incomplete applications will not be considered. All positions are subject to budget approval.
To apply, visit https://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/27258
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