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Assistant Professor in Astrophysics, Astronomy, College of Arts & Sciences

Employer
Boston University
Location
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Assistant Professor in Astrophysics, Astronomy, College of Arts & Sciences

Tracking Code23599932700912Job Description

The Department of Astronomy at Boston University (http://www.bu.edu/astronomy/) seeks applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position, to begin on July 1, 2024. The successful candidate will be an early-career scientist who will lead a robust research program in astrophysics and be affiliated with the Institute for Astrophysical Research (IAR; http://www.bu.edu/iar/) as well as participate fully in the Department’s teaching missions at the introductory, majors, and graduate levels. Areas of interest include the contents, structure, and evolution of the Milky Way and/or nearby galaxies, though all areas of astrophysics will be considered. Minimum qualifications include a PhD in Astronomy, Physics, Engineering, or related fields. Boston University owns and operates the Perkins Telescope Observatory (http://www.bu.edu/pto/) and has 40 nights per year on the Lowell Discovery Telescope (http://www.bu.edu/ldt/), both in northern Arizona. The resources of Boston University’s new Center for Computing & Data Sciences (https://www.bu.edu/data-sciences-center/) and its affiliated Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences (https://www.bu.edu/cds-faculty/) are available to support big data, AI, and/or machine learning endeavors in astrophysics. In addition to this position, the Department expects to search for additional faculty members over the next several years.

The Astronomy Department and its affiliated research centers, the Center for Space Physics (CSP; http://www.bu.edu/csp/) and the IAR, are committed to valuing the principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity in all academic and research settings at Boston University through building a collegial and supportive community of scholars and students.

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DO NOT APPLY THROUGH THE BOSTON UNIVERSITY HR WEBSITE.

Applications should be submitted at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/25624. Complete applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and brief statements of research interests (2 pages), teaching interests (1 page), and experience with diversity, inclusion, equity, and outreach (1 page). Candidates should arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be submitted through that website. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Department Administrator Anne Smartvlasak (asmart@bu.edu), Department of Astronomy.

BU conducts a background check on all final candidates for certain faculty and staff positions. The background check includes contacting the final candidate’s current and previous employer(s) to ask whether, in the last seven years, there has been a substantiated finding of misconduct violating that employer’s applicable sexual misconduct policies. To implement this process, the University requires a final candidate to complete and sign the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” after execution of an offer letter.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job LocationBoston, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular

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