Assistant/Associate Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Archive Date: 
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Department Name: 
Department of Physics
Street Line 1: 
3700 Willow Creek Road
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Prescott, Arizona campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University seeks to fill a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track faculty position in Astronomy and Astrophysics to begin August, 2022. We expect to hire at the Assistant Professor level but will also consider a hire at the Associate Professor level under special circumstances.

The department offers two B.S. degrees, Space Physics and Astronomy. Our growing department has about 100 total majors, 40% of whom are from traditionally under-represented groups in Physics-related fields, and we encourage applications from these historically under-represented groups for this position. Department faculty are expected to display excellence in teaching across the undergraduate Physics and Astronomy curriculum, including service courses for other degree programs. The successful candidate will also maintain a research program that is competitive for external funding and accessible to undergraduates. Service on departmental, campus, and university committees is also expected.

All eight current tenure-stream faculty members are research-active. Departmental research interests include gravitational wave research within the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the interstellar medium, variable and binary stars, massive stars and their winds, multi-messenger astronomy, testing general relativity, particle physics, and advanced propulsion systems. We will consider all areas of astronomical specialties, but preference will be given to candidates that can either use our on-campus facilities or collaborate within the context of the new Data Science program housed in the Department of Mathematics.

Known as Arizona's "Mile-High City", Prescott is located in the central highlands 75 miles north of Phoenix, surrounded on 3 sides by National Forest lands. The mild four-season climate and 300 days of sunshine per year are ideal for a variety of outdoor activities. ERAU’s on-campus facilities include both optical and radio telescopes, an advanced optics lab, and the 116-seat Jim & Linda Lee Planetarium, the only such facility in northern Arizona. The optical telescope is currently a 0.4-m telescope equipped with both an echelle spectrograph and imaging CCD.

A Ph.D. degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or related field is required for this position. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Other desirable qualifications include:
1) Undergraduate teaching experience and/or mentoring experience for undergraduate research.
2) Research interests that overlap and expand upon current departmental interests.
3) Ability to perform public outreach via the Lee Planetarium, Campus Observatory, or other venues.

4) Expertise to teach a junior-level Planetary Science course.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021.


Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests, and contact information for 3 references to For inquiries concerning this position, please contact Dr. Noel Richardson at [email protected].


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University recognizes the value of diversity and is dedicated to fostering a positive climate in which all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged in their professional, social, and intellectual pursuits. Embry-Riddle is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and affirmative action for qualified individuals. The University does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.

Included Benefits: 

Relocation support provided

Retirement Plan - ERAU offers immediate vesting and provides a 6% gift and will match up to 3.5% of employee contributions

Two BC/BS health plans – PPO and high deductible plan with a health savings account

Tuition waivers for employees, spouses, and dependent children will cover one undergraduate and graduate degree per person

Use of various campus services: fitness center, library, mail room and enjoy observation flights

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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