Faculty Position in Astronomy/Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Howard University
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
2355 6th St. NW
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with research interests in the area of theoretical or observational studies related to Fermi, Hubble, JWST, WFIRST, and other NASA missions are especially encouraged to apply. It is expected that the successful candidate will support and enhance research relationships with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and engage undergraduate and graduate students in space science research. We seek outstanding applicants with a demonstrated track record of excellence in research and teaching. Successful candidates are expected to develop vigorous, extramurally funded research programs in their areas of expertise, actively participate in the Department's teaching and curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Evidence of interest and success in mentoring underrepresented minority students is highly desired. A commitment to increasing the diversity of the astronomical community must also be evidenced.

Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Howard University is classified as a Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity research by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is a residential campus of approximately 10,000 students located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy currently consists of 16 faculty members, conducting pure and applied research with specializations in condensed matter physics, computational physics, renewable energy, THz spectroscopy, nanoscience, biophysics, string theory, and optical spectroscopy. The Department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in physics.

Required Qualifications:

Earned doctorate in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, or a related discipline from an accredited institution;

Record of scholarship, teaching, and professional service commensurate with the rank of assistant professor;

Effective communication and organizational skills; and

Grant writing experience.

Complete applications consist of a single PDF file containing

1) Cover letter addressing qualifications listed above;

2) Current curriculum vita;

3) Two-page statement of research accomplishments, interests and future plans;

4) Two-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy; and

5) Names and contact information for at least three references who will provide letters upon request from the search committee.

Completed applications should be addressed to the Chair of the search committee: Dr. Robert Catchings and submitted electronically to maralfred@howard.edu. Screening will begin on January 24, 2018 and end March 5, 2018. The desired starting date is August 15, 2018.

Howard University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, March 26, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Robert Catchings
Search Committee Chair
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Marcus Alfred
Astronomy/Astrophysics position