Tenure-track assistant professor in astronomy/astrophysics

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Publish Date: 
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Archive Date: 
Saturday, December 26, 2020
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Texas A&M University
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
4242 TAMU
College Station
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science, of Texas A&M University invites applications for an assistant professor in astronomy/astrophysics. This is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position with a nine-month academic appointment. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2021.

The successful candidate will establish a vigorous, independent research program that will attract external funding; assume full teaching responsibilities at the graduate and undergraduate levels of astronomy and physics; and contribute to the service missions of the department. Researchers in theoretical and observational areas of astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology who broaden and strengthen the existing research areas at Texas A&M University are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will also become a member of the George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy and be expected to contribute to the thriving research environment.

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all students, researchers, faculty, staff, and visitors by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability.  We are committed to diversity in all its forms, and we encourage applications from prospective faculty who can enhance the diversity of backgrounds and ideas in our group.

Over the past decade, Texas A&M University has built an energetic astronomy group with research activities spanning a wide range of areas, including extragalactic astronomy, supermassive black holes, near-field cosmology, supernovae, time-domain astronomy, the cosmological distance scale, instrumentation, and astrostatistics.  Texas A&M is an institutional member of the Dark Energy Survey, the Giant Magellan Telescope, the Hobby Eberly Telescope Dark Energy eXperiment (HETDEX), the LSST Corporation, the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer, and the AST-3 project at Dome A in Antarctica.  High-performance research computing resources include three clusters at Texas A&M and access to the Lonestar5 cluster at the Texas Advanced Computing Center.

Texas A&M University is located in College Station, Texas, adjacent to Bryan, Texas, approximately 90 minutes from the Houston and Austin metropolitan areas. Bryan/College Station is a vibrant, dynamic community that offers cultural diversity, arts and entertainment, job opportunities, and affordable quality of life.

Information on the Department of Physics and Astronomy is available at http://physics.tamu.edu, and information on the Mitchell Institute is available at https://mitchell.tamu.edu

Positions include competitive benefits through Texas A&M; see https://employees.tamu.edu/benefits for details. 

The successful candidate must hold an PhD or equivalent advanced degree in physics, astronomy, or a related field and have a strong, demonstrated record of original research in astronomy/astrophysics.  

All applications must be submitted online through Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/80177.  For full consideration, applications should be completed by December 11, 2020.  Application review will begin at that time and continue until the position has been filled.

Each applicant should

  • submit a cover letter stating a specific interest in the faculty position in astronomy/astrophysics;
  • submit a curriculum vitae including full publication list;
  • submit a description of future research plans (maximum three pages);
  • submit a teaching statement (maximum one page);
  • submit a statement describing how he/she would promote an environment of diversity and inclusion through his/her activities of education, research, and service at Texas A&M University (maximum 1 page); and
  • arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted directly through Interfolio.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to facultysearch@physics.tamu.edu.

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Health insurance and optional insurances, flexible spending accounts, retirement, sick leave, paid holidays          

    Application Deadline: 
    Friday, December 11, 2020
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