Assistant Professor in Physics (Astrophysics or Cosmology)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
Southern Methodist University
Department Name: 
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Physics at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Astrophysics or Cosmology, broadly defined. While an appointment at the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor is anticipated, extraordinary candidates at all levels will be considered. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field; postdoctoral experience; and a record of research excellence. The successful candidate will develop a vigorous research program, supervise graduate students, and teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Faculty are expected to teach and mentor diverse students within the Physics program and throughout the University. The appointment will start in August 2023 or later.

Southern Methodist University is a research intensive, private university centrally located in Dallas, Texas. Current research in the Department of Physics at SMU focuses on the fields of observational and theoretical astrophysics and cosmology, especially in the areas of supermassive black holes, supernovae, early universe cosmology, and large-scale structure. SMU faculty are deeply engaged in DESI, Simons Observatory, and CMB-S4. The department also features strong research programs in experimental and theoretical particle physics. The Department of Physics aims to provide a collegial scientific community with equitable access and participation for all individuals and groups, and recognizes the value of this participation to the quality of our research.

Applications must be submitted via lnterfolio: and should include a cover letter, research statement, statement addressing teaching and mentoring, curriculum vitae, a one-page diversity statement, and at least three confidential letters of reference. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2022. To ensure full consideration, the application should be received by December 15, 2022, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Questions or inquiries may be directed to the search chair, Dr. Joel Meyers ([email protected]). The committee will notify applicants of its employment decisions after the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

SMU is a nationally-ranked, private, non-sectarian research institution located in one of the nation's fastest growing metropolitan areas. Researchers are part of an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of internationally recognized scholars across the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, and business. SMU offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. Explore SMU at

Southern Methodist University will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Dr. Joel Meyers
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