Astronomy and Astrophysics: Assistant Professor in Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of California Santa Cruz
Department Name: 
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Street Line 1: 
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California (UC), Santa Cruz invites applications for a position at the Assistant Professor tenure-track level. Outstanding candidates in all subfields of astrophysics will be considered. We are especially seeking applications from candidates with research interests in theoretical and computational astrophysics as well as in astronomical data science.

UC Santa Cruz is one of the world's leading centers for research in computational astrophysics, which includes the cross-departmental research unit Theoretical Astrophysics Santa Cruz. The campus is also the home of the University of California Observatories, which has instrumentation development laboratories, the Laboratory for Adaptive Optics, observing facilities including the Lick and Keck Observatories, and the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics, all of which are relevant to the advertised position.

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. We seek candidates whose research will integrate with the programs mentioned above 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. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of research excellence and basic teaching experience, and will have completed at least one year as a postdoctoral scholar or one year of research lab experience at the time of application. 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 seek candidates whose personal experience and educational background have shaped their appreciation of barriers facing underrepresented groups in academic careers, including women and ethnic minorities, and who have demonstrated a commitment to improving equity and diversity in the scholarly environment through teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or other service.

ACADEMIC TITLE: Assistant Professor

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Astronomy, Physics, or related field; and at least one year of postdoctoral or research lab experience at the time of application.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2020 with the academic year beginning September 2020.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications are accepted via the UC Santa Cruz Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs. See application link for document and reference requirements.

Please refer to Position # JPF00766-20 in all correspondence.

RECRUITMENT PERIOD: Review of applications will begin on December 16, 2019. 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 6/30/2020.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 16, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
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Prof. Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz or Prof. Brant Robertson
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