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Research and Teaching Fellow in Astronomy

University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, NC

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UNC Asheville Overview:

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, UNC Asheville is the designated public liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. UNC Asheville is nationally known for the quality of our student-centered teaching, mentoring of undergraduates in research, interdisciplinary learning, and striving to be an inclusive campus community.

Position Type:

EHRA Staff


Research and Teaching Fellow in Astronomy

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Recruitment Range:

Commensurate with Experience (Anticipated Hiring Range $55,000-$65,000)

Work Schedule and Hours:

Typical hours are Monday-Friday 40 hours per week. Some evening and weekend work may be required. Candidate must be willing to work a varying schedule as dictated by the research project(s) and teaching schedule.

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Months per Year:

12 Months

Position Summary:

UNC Asheville, the designated public liberal arts institution of the University of North Carolina system, invites applicants for a position as a Research and Teaching Fellow in astronomy, with a focus on research in high redshift observational galaxy and large-scale structure evolution. This position is designed for individuals who hold a Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field and are interested in pursuing academic careers at primarily undergraduate institutions. The successful applicant will work with Prof. David Wake, with a focus on analyzing imaging and grism spectroscopy from the James Webb Space Telescope. Responsibilities of this position include leading research projects using data from the JWST OutThere pure parallel program (PI: Glazebrook), mentoring undergraduate students in research projects, and teaching undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses in astronomy and/or physics. We seek applicants who are enthusiastic about undergraduate education with classroom and/or laboratory teaching experience and are highly motivated researchers capable of leading projects. Previous experience with spectroscopic galaxy data, slitless grism data, or measuring and modeling galaxy clustering is desirable, but not necessary.

This position is expected to last 24 months with a possible additional one-year renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance, mutual agreement, and the availability of funds.



Required Education/Experience/Skills:

The preferred candidate will have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or a related field by Aug. 1st, 2024.

Preferred Education/Experience/Skills:

In addition to a Ph.D., and research experience in galaxy or large-scale structure evolution, the preferred candidate will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: observational studies of distant galaxies, measurement and modeling of galaxy clustering, analysis of optical/IR imaging and spectroscopy, statistical methods for large galaxy data sets. The candidate will be expected to teach courses in introductory astronomy, physics, and/or other courses related to the UNC Asheville Liberal Arts Core under the guidance of Prof. Wake. Candidates are desired who are enthusiastic for mentoring under-represented students with an interest in pursuing studies in astronomy and careers or post-graduate studies in this or a related field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :

Relevant research experience in galaxy or large-scale structure evolution.

Strong analytical, creative, and programming skills.

Ability to work independently as well as to collaborate effectively and productively within a research team.

Excellent written and oral scientific communication skills.

Record of high-quality lead and co-author refereed journal publications.

Ability and keen interest in working directly with students and mentoring undergraduate research.

Desirable: Experience of working with large optical/IR imaging and spectroscopy datasets.

Special Instructions to the Applicant:

Required documents:

  • Current CV including list of publication - Upload to “Curriculum Vitae” attachment
  • Statement of research accomplishments, technical skills and current research plans (max 3 pages) - Upload to the “Research Philosophy and Description of Future Plans” attachment
  • Statement of teaching experience and philosophy (max 2 pages)- Upload to “Other Documents” attachment
  • Details of three reference providers, who will be asked to upload letters of recommendation.- Upload this document to the “Letter of Recommendation 1” attachment

Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned. Official verification from each college/university you have attended are required upon employment, and will be requested directly from the college/university by Human Resources or from the National Student Clearinghouse. Any expense will be the responsibility of the employee. Educational degrees must be from an appropriately accredited institution. If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training and experience requirements, management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations. It is the policy of UNC Asheville to conduct pre-employment background investigations on all candidates selected for employment. If hired, the candidate will be required to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice.

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The University of North Carolina Asheville offers a singular experience for original minds.

We’re the original and only liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. We break down conventions, overcome obstacles, expand horizons. We dare to connect curiosity and critical thinking, courage and challenge, imagination and impact, opportunity and responsibility. When the world looks down, we look up.

We’re a public resource that draws on a deep history to make a profound impact—on our students and on the world. We founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Our STEAM Studio helped to produce the largest public art installation ever shown in Times Square. We offer majors and concentrations that re-tool the liberal arts and sciences for new challenges and new opportunities. We live in one of America’s great small cities, a mountain town with wit and grit, with an artist’s eye and an explorer’s heart.

We are the originals. We’re rooted in the Land of the Sky, at the intersection of what’s known and what’s possible. This is an education that’s affordable, adaptive, and endlessly relevant. This is an experience where every path leads to a new vista, where there’s room for every voice, and where the future is a frontier—vast and bright and close enough to touch.

UNC Asheville’s national reputation for empowering human potential is rooted in its unique student-centric public liberal arts and sciences mission. UNC Asheville thrives on close-knit connections among students and their faculty and staff mentors. The University’s 3,300 students are innovative, ethical, creative and resilient leaders who seek to understand complex global challenges and find creative, sustainable solutions that benefit our communities and the world. More than 65 percent of UNC Asheville students conduct applied research alongside faculty experts. UNC Asheville consistently ranks as a national top 10 Public Liberal Arts and Sciences University by U.S. News & World Report, and on its list of Most Innovative Schools. UNC Asheville regularly earns several national top 20 rankings in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 386 Colleges,” including Best Quality of Life, Town-Gown Relations, and UNC Asheville has ranked in the top two nationally for the “Best Schools for Making an Impact,” in The Princeton Review’s “Colleges that Pay You Back.”

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