Assistant Professor in Astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, October 4, 2019
Archive Date: 
Friday, November 29, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Florida
Department Name: 
Astronomy Department
Street Line 1: 
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor to begin on August 16, 2020. We invite applications in any area of observational, experimental, theoretical, and computational astrophysics, with the areas of instrumentation development and exoplanets being of special interest. We are seeking candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at the University of Florida.

This search is part of a continuing effort by the University of Florida to expand in the area of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The University of Florida has access to several world-class research facilities and telescopes, including the 10.4-m Gran Telescopio Canarias, and is currently involved in several major international projects, including the Illustris collaboration, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, and the MINERVA exoplanet RV array. The Department of Astronomy has built numerous state-of-the-art instruments for some of the best ground-based observatories. In addition, the University is home to HiPerGator, the third most powerful computer at a US public university. Information about the Department can be found at ( We welcome applicants who can benefit from access to these resources while developing high impact research programs using other major observational national and international astronomical facilities, and publicly-available large datasets.

Candidates should already have a strong established research program that complements ongoing research in the Department of Astronomy, a compelling plan for future research, and the ability to supervise both graduate and undergraduate research projects. A Ph.D. degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, or a closely related field is required. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package.

Applications must be submitted online at A complete application includes: (1) a cover letter, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a list of publications, (4) a research statement summarizing the applicant’s qualifications, past research, and future research plans, (5) a statement of teaching experience and interest, and (6) three confidential letters of recommendation.

For full consideration, applications should be submitted by November 15, 2019, at which time the committee will begin reviewing applications. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee until the position is filled.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The successful candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The Department of Astronomy is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Questions may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Professor Charles Telesco (

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Salary is competitive and commensuate with qualifications
Included Benefits: 

Full Benefit package

Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 15, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, November 15, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Charles Telesco
Search Committee Chair
University of Florida
Department Name: 
Street Line 1: 
211 Bryant Space Science Center
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United States of America
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Charles Telesco, Chair Search Committee
Assistant Professor in Astronomy position