Assistant Professor of Astronomy

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Archive Date: 
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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1002 W. Green Street
United States of America
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The Astronomy Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position beginning as soon as  August 16, 2019.  The area of scientific focus is open to all of astronomy/astrophysics/cosmology, but we are searching for candidates with strong interests in data and/or survey science.  We particularly encourage applications from candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the diversity and equal opportunity in the Department and the Illinois community.

The department hosts vibrant research programs that span cosmology, compact objects, galaxies, stars, and planets. Survey science, data-intensive astronomy, and computational astrophysics are particular departmental and campus strengths. Illinois is an institutional member of the Dark Energy Survey (DES), the South Pole Telescope (SPT), and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).  Illinois is the global central hub for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), hosting the data archive. The Astronomy Department has strong ties to the highly-ranked departments of Physics and Chemistry, the College of Engineering, and the National Center for Supercomputing Application (NCSA).

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, or a closely related field. You will teach a talented, diverse population of students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and you will develop and conduct an active research program.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. Please create your candidate profile through and upload application materials through this system, including your application letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, statement of research plans, and statement of teaching and mentoring interests; the statements should be no more than 3 pages each. In addition, provide email addresses for three to five references who can provide letters of recommendation. Notice that requests for recommendation letters will be sent no more than 2 business days after submission of the online application, and thus candidates should apply early to allow timely notification of references.

To ensure full consideration, all materials must be submitted by the closing date of October 31, 2018; letters of reference should be received no later than November 5, 2018. Although early applications are appreciated and some interviews may be conducted before the closing date, all applications submitted by the closing date will receive full consideration. For more information about the Department or the search, please email, or go to

Illinois has an active and successful dual-career partner placement program and a strong commitment to work-life balance and family-friendly programs for faculty and staff (  The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit


Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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