The department of Physics and Astronomy at the Prescott, Arizona campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University seeks to fill a full-time Tenure-Track faculty position in Astronomy and Astrophysics to begin August 16th, 2019. We expect to hire at the Assistant Professor level, but will consider a senior hire under special circumstances.
The department offers two B.S. degrees, Space Physics and Astronomy. There are 80 total students, 40% of whom are from traditionally under-represented groups in Physics-related fields. Department faculty are expected to display excellence in teaching across the undergraduate Physics and Astronomy curriculum, including service courses for other degree programs. The successful candidate will also maintain a research program that is competitive for external funding and accessible to undergraduates. Service on departmental, campus, and University committees is also expected.
All seven current tenure-stream faculty members are research-active and have received nearly $1 million in funding over the past 10 years. Three faculty are members of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and other research interests include: long-wavelength radio astronomy, interstellar medium, variable stars, radio and optical meteor detection, active galactic nuclei in the local Universe, testing general relativity, particle physics, and advanced propulsion systems.
Known as Arizona's "Mile-High City", Prescott is located in the central highlands 75 miles north of Phoenix, surrounded on 3 sides by National Forest lands. The mild four-season climate and 300 days of sunshine per year are ideal for a variety of outdoor activities. On-campus facilities include the Optical and Radio Observatories, an advanced optics lab, and the new 116-seat Jim & Linda Lee Planetarium, the only such
facility in northern Arizona.
A Ph.D. degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or related field is required for this position.
Other desirable qualifications include:
1) Undergraduate teaching experience
2) Research interests that overlap and expand upon current departmental interests
3) Expertise to teach a junior-level Planetary Science course
4) Ability to perform public outreach via the Lee Planetarium, Campus
Observatory, or other venues.
Please apply at careers.erau.edu Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests, and contact information for 3 references. For inquiries concerning this position, please contact Dr. Brian Rachford at firstname.lastname@example.org