The Astronomy Department of the University of Washington seeks to fill two full-time, tenure-track, 9-month faculty positions at the level of Assistant Professor, starting in September 2023. We encourage applications from candidates in all areas of astronomy or astrophysics.
University of Washington (UW) faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. Responsibilities include developing a vigorous program of externally-funded, original research in astronomy, mentoring PhD students, and teaching astronomy at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Current UW Astronomy faculty are involved in observational, theoretical, and data-intensive research on the solar system, exoplanets, stars, Galactic and extragalactic astronomy, high-energy astrophysics, and cosmology. Faculty, postdocs, and students are frequent observers across the electromagnetic spectrum at national facilities, and regularly use local, national and international facilities for computational astrophysics. The Department has founding and continuing roles in the Astrophysical Research Consortium’s 3.5m telescope and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (including SDSS-V), both located at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico. UW astronomy is home to the Virtual Planet Laboratory, which studies exoplanet habitability with both simulations and data from ground- and space-based facilities (including JWST). VPL faculty also lead the UW Astrobiology Program (a dual-title Ph.D. program). UW Astronomy's DiRAC Institute is a leader in data-intensive astrophysics, co-founder of the Rubin Observatory project, and the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). DiRAC hosts Rubin's solar system, time-domain pipeline, and other project teams, gearing up to lead early LSST science efforts in a number of areas. UW’s Dark Universe Science Center (DUSC) hosts a group active in cosmology and astroparticle physics. The department maintains a strong presence in theoretical astrophysics including numerical and analytical methods. Current faculty are involved in leadership, research, and outreach through the NASA Washington Space Grant, housed in the Aeronautics & Astronautics department. The department is actively developing novel instrumentation for ground and space, and collaborating across departments to develop cubesat and small sat capabilities.
Interdisciplinary research is strongly encouraged with other programs on campus, including the Physics Department, as well as units engaged in astrobiology, computer science and engineering, and the University’s eScience Institute (supporting data-intensive research across campus).
Diversity is a core value of the Astronomy Department. The department is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural and inclusive environment. The student body of the University of Washington is growing ever more diverse, and we encourage applications from minoritized candidates. The successful applicant will be expected to advise and mentor students. The department is invested in mentorship and equity work across career stages, and values community-building, teaching, peer-support, and lived experience. All faculty are strongly encouraged to actively contribute to the diversity, equity and inclusivity goals of the department, and the University as articulated in the UW Diversity Blueprint and Astronomy Departments diversity statement.
Applicants must have a PhD or foreign equivalent degree in astronomy, physics, or related field, complemented by a strong record of research productivity. This may be demonstrated through published research, or other research products such as astronomical instrumentation (hardware and/or software).
Materials must be submitted through Interfolio. Please use the following link: http://apply.interfolio.com/112268
Priority will be given to applicants who submit the materials below by October 21, 2022.
To support an equitable search and reduce bias, the initial longlist of candidates will be decided through an anonymized application process described below. Email inquiries may be addressed to: Mario Juric and Eric Agol, search committee co-chairs, at [email protected].
Applicant Materials should include:
- Anonymized Research Statement: up to 3 pages, including a summary of previous research achievements and future interests. In this anonymized statement, the merits of the applicant’s work should be emphasized, but we ask that the applicant’s name, institution names, and group names be removed. Citations within the text should be numbered. Examples of anonymized statements are available here.
- Anonymized Statement of Teaching and Mentoring: up to 1 page, providing a summary of teaching and mentoring experiences, and future pedagogical goals. The applicant’s name, institution names, and group names should be removed. Citations within the text should be numbered.
- Anonymized DEI Statement: up to 1 page, showing how their work would contribute to the diversity, equity and inclusivity goals of the University (as articulated in the UW Diversity Blueprint). The merits of the applicant’s work and personal experiences can be emphasized, but we ask that the applicant’s name and group names be removed. This statement may include, but is not limited to, any of the following: (1) familiarity with current research related to DEI in academic settings; (2) training in and implementation of equitable teaching practices; (3) understanding of DEI as demonstrated through lived experience. Citations within the text should be numbered.
- Non-anonymized Curriculum Vitae. All names can be included, and full references should be listed.
- Three non-anonymized letters of reference. The most helpful letters will specifically address the applicant’s accomplishments in several of the following categories: teaching; mentorship; achievement in research; research vision; DEI work; project leadership; independence and individuality in thought; proposal and grant writing; and public communication.
- Non-anonymized Cover Letter (optional). A cover letter will only be read after the initial selection round.
The goal of anonymization is to allow the search committee to judge candidates based on their accomplishments rather than identity, minimizing opportunities for unconscious bias. Toward that end, the anonymized statements described above should make every effort to conceal the identities of the applicants while focusing on their accomplishments and ideas. This process will not be perfect, but committee members will be reviewing applications with this intention in mind. Please see examples of anonymized statements posted here.
To improve anonymity, a staff member will review all applications in advance of the committee’s review. Applicants whose applications inadvertently reveal their identity may be asked to update their application if a simple fix cannot be applied (e.g. blacking out names).
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.
Commitment to Diversity
The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint (http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint/). Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (https://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/FCG/FCCH24.html#2432).
Review the University of Washington Privacy Notice for Demographic Data of Job Applicants and University Personnel to learn how your demographic data are protected, when the data may be used, and your rights.
To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected].
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information
Under Washington State Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, University of Washington (UW) workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit https://www.washington.edu/coronavirus/vaccination-requirement/.
Application Deadline is October 21, 2022.