University of Texas at Dallas Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Dallas, Texas

Job Summary

The Department of Physics within the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at The University of Texas at Dallas seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. While we are particularly interested in applicants working on theoretical, computational and observational planetary sciences, we also welcome applications from excellent candidates working on cosmological simulations and in other areas of computational astrophysics. The department presently has an active research group in cosmology, relativity, extragalactic astrophysics, weak and strong gravitational lensing, binary black holes, and gravitational waves, and the program aims to expand its research areas. The Physics Department also hosts the Space Science Center.

Assistant Professors are expected to have completed the terminal degree before they begin employment at the University and to have engaged in classroom instruction as well as creative productivity or professional achievement during their graduate education. Assistant Professors will teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses; work to develop a regional or national reputation in the discipline through creative productivity or professional achievement; and engage actively in the academic community through membership in governance bodies and committees, program planning and curricular development, and public service. They may engage in a mentoring relationship with a senior faculty member, will undergo a third-year review to determine their continuation on the tenure track, and may seek tenure no later than the sixth year of employment at the university. Faculty must demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence, service, and active scholarship.

Minimum Education and Experience

Terminal degree in the academic discipline, and a record of creative productivity and professional achievements that evidence a high probability of success as a member of the faculty at the University.

Preferred Education and Experience

Ph.D. in Physics or Astronomy plus postdoctoral experience in astronomy or astrophysics, including an established research record.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Conduct research, write grant proposals, prepare publications and conference presentations.

Prepare and teach graduate and undergraduate courses in Physics and Astronomy; advise graduate and undergraduate students.

Engage in service to the Department, University, and Profession.

Special Instructions Summary

Interested applicants should submit their current curriculum vitae with a complete publication record, a detailed research plan, and a teaching plan detailing expected contributions to undergraduate and graduate programs. Samples of publications should be submitted online as writing samples or “other documents”. Four letters of recommendation are required. Review of application materials will begin December 15, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.

Posting Number: F00036P

Position Title: Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Functional Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Physics

Salary Range: Negotiable

Pay Basis: Monthly

Position Status: Academic Year

Location: Richardson

Position End Date (if temporary): 05/31/2018

Open Date: 10/14/2016

Close Date: 04/30/2017

Open Until Filled: Yes

Desired Start Date: 08/01/2017