The Department of Astronomy at New Mexico State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty member at the level of Assistant Professor. We are interested in individuals with a demonstrated research record and continuing research programs in observational planetary science, including solar system and/or exoplanetary science, and the desire to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervise graduate students. This position, which has a start date of August 2020, is one of three new faculty appointments the Department is carrying out this year.
The successful candidate will have demonstrable synergies with faculty within the Department and research programs that connect well with the present and future landscape of observational facilities and space missions. The NMSU Astronomy Department is committed to creating an environment that affirms and supports diversity across a variety of axes, including ethnicity, race, class, ability, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.
Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy or a closely related field. We are especially interested in candidates with a demonstrated research record and continuing research programs related to the targeted area of hire, which is observational planetary system science (solar system and/or extrasolar), including planetary atmospheres, interiors, surfaces, formation, and environments.
Desired Qualifications: Beyond the minimum qualifications, applicants also should demonstrate (1) potential for establishing a sustained external research funding record in a research area mentioned above, (2) the desire to teach and mentor students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels using evidence-based pedagogical methods, (3) experience in leading and participating in collaborative research areas, (4) strong scientific connections to departmental or national facilities such as HST, JWST, LSST, ALMA, APO, SDSS, TESS, and interplanetary missions, (5) several years of postdoctoral research experience, and (6) a commitment to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment.
The NMSU Astronomy Department currently comprises eight faculty, several research faculty and postdocs, and about 30 graduate students, who are involved in a wide range of astronomical research areas. Additional Department information, including details about our membership in the Astrophysical Research Consortium and its Apache Point Observatory 3.5-meter and SDSS 2.5-m telescope can be found at http://astronomy.nmsu.edu. NMSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution located in Las Cruces, the second largest city in New Mexico (population 100,000) that serves a diverse undergraduate and graduate population of 15,000 students.
A complete application includes the following components: (1) a 1-page cover letter (2) a research statement (up to 3 pages) clearly indicating research backgrounds, skills, and future plans, (3) a brief (up to 3 pages) description of teaching experience and philosophy, (4) a 1-page statement on diversity that addresses past and/or potential future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service, (5) unofficial transcripts of PhD, (6) a curriculum vitae, and (7) names and contact information for three individuals who may be asked to provide letters of reference.
All applications must be submitted through the following link: https://jobs.nmsu.edu/postings/36767. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is December 13, 2019. Questions about the application process can be addressed to Dr. Nancy Chanover, [email protected] or (575) 646-4438.
NMSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Offer of employment contingent upon verification of individual’s eligibility for employment in the United States.