The Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level to begin in September 2020.
We welcome applications from candidates in all fields of astronomy and we are open to observers, theorists, and instrumentalists. The search will be at a junior tenure-track level, but outstanding candidates at more senior ranks may be considered.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Astronomy or Physics. The primary selection criteria will be excellence and leadership in astrophysics research, as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. We particularly seek candidates who will lead transformational science with next-generation observational and computational facilities, and creatively utilize the resources of the Astronomy department and McDonald Observatory. Candidates who are currently or will potentially make outstanding contributions to the diversification of their scholarly fields and/or institutions of higher education are especially encouraged to apply. The College is committed to building a diverse faculty. We are interested in candidates who will contribute diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, service, and research.
Information on departmental resources and research programs can be found at https://astronomy.utexas.edu
UT Austin is a major founding partner in the consortium for the next-generation Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT; http://www.gmto.org).
UT faculty members have access to McDonald Observatory, which hosts the upgraded 10-m Hobby-Eberly Telescope, 2.7-m, 2.1-m, and 0.8-m telescopes, and cutting-edge instrumentation, such as the VIRUS integral field spectrograph and the Immersion Grating INfrared Spectrometer (IGRINS) and the Habitable Zone Planet Finder Spectrograph (HPF). The department provides vibrant collaborative opportunities on large astronomical surveys, including the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX). Through its role as a node host, UT also has access to the Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) network.
Computational resources include the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC; https://www.tacc.utexas.edu), which designs and operates some of the world's most powerful computing resources, and is known for its leadership in High Performance Computing, Visualization, Big Data Analytics, and Machine Learning.
Our Astronomy program benefits from the strong support of over 200 members of the McDonald Observatory and Department of Astronomy Board of Visitors.
Application materials must be submitted electronically at https://apply.interfolio.com/70409 Submissions should include: a cover letter, a description of research accomplishments and current and future research plans (limited to 6 pages), a statement of teaching experience, goals, and philosophy, a Curriculum Vitae, a list of publications, and a diversity statement. The purpose of the diversity statement is to identify candidates who have professional skills, experience and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance campus diversity and equity efforts. Candidates are also required to request three letters of recommendation using the application website, which will email the references with instructions to directly upload their letters of recommendation.
Complete applications received by December 4, 2019 will be assured of full consideration.