The Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory (DA/SO) at the University of Arizona anticipate filling up to three tenure-track/tenured faculty positions in the coming year. We plan to appoint the most outstanding applicants in any area of astronomy and astrophysics to these positions, and are searching for candidates representing a range of experience and backgrounds. One of the positions will likely be appointed at the junior (assistant professor) level. Selection of up to two other positions will have emphasis on more senior candidates with a proven record of research and funding support. One or more of the positions will likely be filled with the intent of expanding our capabilities in instrumentation and/or big data, but our priority is for the best candidates in any area. Candidates in theoretical astrophysics are encouraged to apply both to these positions and to the independent search for an additional position under the UA Theoretical Astrophysics Program (TAP).
We have access to a broad variety of state-of-the-art research resources. The University-wide Research Data Center provides our faculty access to high-end, local supercomputing resources (~275 TFLOPS) including distributed, shared-memory, and GPU architectures. Steward Observatory provides world-class capabilities for ground-based optical, infrared, and submillimeter observational astronomy, and has major involvement in space astronomy. DA/SO faculty have access to research facilities including the 2x8.4m Large Binocular Telescope, the 6.5m MMT, the twin 6.5m Magellan telescopes, the UKIRT 3.5m telescope on Mauna Kea, the 10m Heinrich-Hertz Submillimeter Telescope, the 12m APA mm-wave Telescope on Kitt Peak, and a number of smaller telescopes. Steward Observatory is also a founding partner in the development of the 24.5m Giant Magellan Telescope and a collaborating institution in submillimeter VLBI through the Event Horizon Telescope. These activities are complemented by world-class programs in instrumentation, including the Center for Astronomical Adaptive Optics and leadership of the construction of NIRCam for JWST.
There are also many opportunities for broadly based survey science and interdisciplinary programs. We are full members in the SDSS-IV, DESI and the LSST Corporation. There is a strong astrochemistry program at the UA, centered on our submm- and mm-wave telescopes and associated laboratory work. We have multiple collaborations with the Planetary Sciences Department on exoplanet studies and also collaborate with the College of Optical Sciences and the Departments of Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, and Physics on a variety of projects.
Our Center for Astronomy Education is among the nation's leading science education research groups. Faculty participate in a varied instructional program, with the opportunity to advise and mentor about 110 undergraduate major students. Our graduate program enrolls about 40 students involved in projects that span, and often extend, the research interests of the faculty.
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.
REQUIRED: Apply online for Job# F20766 at the University of Arizona human resources website: https://uacareers.com (deadline to apply January 11, 2017)