Assistant Professor - Astrophysics, Fall 2022

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Assistant Professor - Astrophysics, Fall 2022

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Sep 2, 2021


The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Theoretical Multi-Messenger Astrophysics. The Department has active research programs in theoretical nuclear, neutrino, and gravitational wave astrophysics. Departmental faculty play leading roles in three national collaborations: the DOE SciDAC TEAMS (Toward Exascale Simulations of Mergers and Supernovae), DOE ECP Exastar, and NSF M3PM (Nuclear Physics from Multi-Messenger Mergers) collaborations. The Department’s theory efforts are complemented by its research programs in experimental nuclear astrophysics. Both programs benefit from extensive collaboration with research scientists at the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and from the leadership-class facilities there, such as the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, one of the world’s premier computing facilities. We seek a candidate to complement and expand these research efforts.

The Department has an exemplary research record, with seven professors earning NSF CAREER awards in the past eight years, eight professors among the world’s top two percent of physicists based on citation count, the award of the prestigious American Physical Society 2021 Bonner Prize, eleven APS Fellows, and three AAAS Fellows. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is Tennessee’s flagship state research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates and a premier graduate institution with a number of nationally and internationally ranked programs and with national and international leadership in numerous fields.

The Department respects and values people of all races, genders, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, and holds a deep commitment toward developing and promoting an inclusive community. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields, as well as, candidates who will contribute in meaningful ways to the equity and inclusion goals of the Department and the University. The latter should be demonstrated in the candidate’s Statement of Equity and Inclusion. 

The University’s campus is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, with easy access to miles of inland waterways, pristine state and national parks, diverse cultural opportunities, and a blend of convenient urban and rural living settings. Downtown Knoxville, adjacent to campus, is a thriving neighborhood filled with restaurants, shops, and indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, and is home to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Opera Company, annual international festivals, such as the Big Ears Music Festival, and seasonal and weekly events such as Jazz on the Square, Shakespeare on the Square, and the Farmers Market.



Candidates should have a PhD in physics or astronomy, or a closely related field. The successful candidate will have established an exemplary record of research that includes significant contributions to the candidate's field of study and that is indicative of future promise and scientific leadership, as demonstrated through publications in peer-reviewed journals, citation statistics, the number and significance of invited talks, evidence of leadership roles the candidate may have assumed, and the candidate’s Statement of Research. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an externally-funded research program in the Department and provide training for Departmental graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the teaching mission of the Department. We are looking for candidates committed to effective undergraduate and graduate teaching, as well as, to innovation in the development of curricula and teaching methods, as demonstrated by the candidate’s Statement of Teaching. Evidence of prior formal, or informal but notable, teaching, and outreach will be an advantage.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should send a 1) Curriculum Vitae including research and teaching experience, 2) List of publications, 3) Statement of Research, 4) Statement of Teaching, 5) Statement of Equity and Inclusion, and should also arrange for at least three confidential letters of reference to be submitted. All application materials, including the letters, should be submitted via . Only electronic applications will be considered and acceptable file formats are .pdf or .docx.  We will start reviewing applications by December 1, 2021.


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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