Assistant Professor, OBSERVATIONAL

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Archive Date: 
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Department Name: 
Street Line 1: 
1156 High S
Santa Cruz
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 





The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a position at the Assistant Professor tenure-track level. Outstanding candidates in all subfields of observational Astronomy and Astrophysics will be considered. We are especially seeking applications from candidates with research interests in extragalactic astronomy.


UCSC is the home of the University of California Observatories (UCO), with instrumentation development laboratories, the Laboratory for Adaptive Optics, and observing facilities including the Lick and Keck Observatories. UCO is at the center of the University of California participation in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Observatory. It is also one of the world's leading centers for research in computational astrophysics, which includes the cross-departmental research unit Theoretical Astrophysics Santa Cruz (TASC).


The current faculty has strengths in optical and near-IR observations, theory, numerical simulations, and instrumentation, with special concentrations in cosmology and galaxy formation, galactic structure, high- energy astrophysics, star and planet formation, and particle astrophysics. Programs at UCSC that are relevant to the advertised position include UCO, TASC, and the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) ( We seek candidates whose research will integrate with these programs and broaden the scope of our faculty.


The successful candidate is expected to maintain a first-class research program, teach in the department's undergraduate and graduate programs, supervise graduate and undergraduate student research, and contribute broadly to the intellectual vitality of the institution. For additional information on the department, please see UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-in-family undergraduate students. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable

and diverse scholarly environment.


RANK: Assistant Professor


SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience


BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Astronomy, Physics, or related field; and postdoctoral or research lab experience.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated record of research and teaching experience; at least one year of postdoctoral or research lab experience expected at time of appointment.


POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2018 with the academic year beginning September 2018.


TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include current curriculum vitae; 3-5 letters of reference; research statement; teaching statement; and a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.


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Refer to Position #JPF00480-18 in all correspondence.


*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at


CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2017.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 6/30/2018.

UC Santa Cruz faculty make significant contributions to the body of research that has earned the University of California the ranking as the foremost public higher education institution in the world. In the process, our faculty demonstrate that cutting-edge research, excellent teaching and outstanding service are mutually supportive.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (831) 459-2686.


Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available here or from the Academic Personnel Office (APO) at (831) 459-4300.

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.


If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Academic Personnel Office at [email protected] (831) 459-4300.



Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 1, 2017
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, December 1, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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