The Department of Astronomy at New Mexico State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty member at the level of Assistant Professor beginning in August 2019. We are interested in individuals with a demonstrated research record and continuing research programs in theory or observations related to solar system and/or exoplanetary science, and the desire to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervise graduate students.
The successful candidate will have demonstrable synergies with faculty within the Department and research programs that connect well with the present and future landscape of observational facilities and space missions or theoretical approaches to understanding planetary systems. The NMSU Astronomy Department is committed to creating an environment that affirms and supports diversity across a variety of axes, including ethnicity, race, class, ability, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.
Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy or a closely related field. We are especially interested in candidates with a demonstrated research record and continuing research programs related to the targeted area of hire, which is planetary system science (solar system and/or extrasolar), including planetary atmospheres, interiors, surfaces, formation, and environments, and including research programs that are observational or theoretical in nature.
Desired Qualifications: Beyond the minimum qualifications, applicants also should demonstrate (1) potential for establishing a sustained external research funding record in a research area mentioned above, (2) the desire to teach and mentor students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels using evidence-based pedagogical methods, (3) experience in leading and participating in collaborative research areas, (4) strong scientific connections to departmental or national facilities such as HST, JWST, LSST, ALMA, APO, SDSS, TESS, and interplanetary missions, (5) several years of postdoctoral research experience, and (6) a commitment to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment.
The Department has nine faculty, several research faculty and postdocs, and about 25 graduate students. We are involved in a wide range of astronomical research areas. Faculty, staff, and students benefit from our membership in the Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC) and its Apache Point Observatory (APO) 3.5-meter and Sloan 2.5-m telescopes. We are a member of the SDSS-IV survey with full access to all survey data, and we expect to be a member of the planned SDSS-V survey. The Department also operates its own 1-meter telescope at APO. Finally, the Department leads the Sunspot Solar Observatory Consortium, which runs the Dunn Solar Telescope in Sunspot, NM; this telescope also can be used for planetary observations. Additional Department information can be found at http://astronomy.nmsu.edu.
NMSU is located in Las Cruces, the second largest city in New Mexico with a population of 100,000, located 50 miles from the El Paso airport. NMSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution that serves a diverse undergraduate and graduate population of 15,000 students.
A complete application includes the following elements: (1) a concise (up to 5 pages) statement of research interests, plans, and anticipated research directions over the next five years, (2) a brief (up to 3 pages) description of teaching experience and philosophy, (3) a 1 page statement on diversity that addresses past and/or potential future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service, (5) unofficial transcripts of PhD, (6) a curriculum vitae, and (7) names and contact information for three individuals who may be asked to provide letters of reference.
All applications must be submitted through the following link: http://jobs.nmsu.edu/postings/33002. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 7, 2019. Questions about the application process can be addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or (575) 646-4438, while questions about the position may be directed to: Dr. Nancy Chanover, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, email@example.com.
NMSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Offer of employment contingent upon verification of individual’s eligibility for employment in the United States.