Assistant Research Professor

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (visiting and non-tenure)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Duke University
Department Name: 
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Physics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina invites applications and nominations for a position at the assistant research professor level ( a regular rank non-tenure track appointment ) in the area of wide-field cosmology using imaging data . The physics department is committed to building a faculty that is inclusive and representative of our community. For this reason, we strongly encourage applicants from groups that are historically underrepresented in physics departments.

The successful candidate should demonstrate a strong previous research record and be ready to lead an independent research effort. They should also be committed to facilitating learning and acting as a mentor and advisor for research. We particularly encourage applicants with a background in image simulation, high-performance computing and "big data" methods, or computational statistics who can help lead a multi-institution effort to improve image simulation capabilities for future surveys. The department's existing efforts in cosmology include the Rubin Observatory, the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC), the Dark Energy Survey (DES), and the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope program. Current strengths in the department include large-scale structure and weak gravitational lensing, and various transient studies, particularly focused on supernova cosmology. The Duke cosmology group continues to grow and expand. In addition to this search, the department is also currently soliciting applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in the areas of observational or theoretical astrophysics/cosmology. 

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The Duke physics department has strong synergistic efforts in particle physics, nuclear astrophysics, and neutrino physics. Duke University particularly values interdisciplinary collaboration across the university, and opportunities exist to collaborate with colleagues from departments including statistical science and mathematics, along with the data science initiatives on campus.

The appointment is expected to begin on or after July 2023. Applicants should have a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field, and should show a strong commitment to research, and mentorship. The position has an initial appointment and guaranteed funding for four years, following which the position can be renewed and achieve promotion from Assistant to Associate to Full Research Professor based on availability of funding. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research, and arrange to have at lea st three letters of recommendation submitted through Academic Jobs Online at Applicants are encouraged to describe in their cover letter how their scholarship, mentoring, service, and experience would contribute to a diverse and inclusive community. 

Questions regarding the application process and the position should be submitted to [email protected]

Applications received by December 1 will be guaranteed consideration.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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