Assistant Professor (Exoplanets)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Maryland
Department Name: 
Department of Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
Physical Sciences Complex, Room 1113
Street Line 2: 
4296 Stadium Drive
College Park
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in exoplanetary science. Outstanding candidates in all areas of exoplanetary science will be considered, although we particularly encourage applicants with observational research programs. We are especially interested in candidates who would have synergies with current research programs in the Department, and whose research connects well with the present and future landscape of observational facilities and NASA missions.

The Department of Astronomy has an active group in exoplanetary science, with expertise in atmospheric modeling as well as observations. We are a partner in the 4.3-­‐meter Discovery Channel Telescope, and we compete successfully for time on larger ground-based telescopes, as well as optical and infrared NASA observatories such as the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes. Our computing facilities include an in-house cluster of over 500 cores, as well as significant time on super-computing facilities. The Department has close collaborations with scientists in UMCP’s departments of Physics, Geology, and Engineering as well as in neighboring institutions such as NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Johns Hopkins University and their Applied Physics Laboratory, and the Space Telescope Science Institute.

The Washington DC -­‐ Baltimore area is noted as a partner-­‐friendly area due to its many employment opportunities in astronomy and other fields. The Department of Astronomy has an established culture of collegiality, respect, and collaboration. UMD is actively engaged in recruiting, hiring, and promoting underrepresented communities. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to a climate of inclusivity, are encouraged to identify their experiences in this area.

TO APPLY: For full consideration, complete applications (including letters) must be submitted by January 3, 2020. See for details. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vita (including publications), a statement of past and future research, a statement of teaching and advising philosophy, and a diversity and inclusion statement, as well as three letters of reference submitted through the eTerp application system. Applicants are encouraged to complete applications in advance of the January 3, 2020 deadline to give time for the letter writers to submit their letters, as letters are not requested by the system until an application is complete. Queries concerning the position can be directed to the search administrator, Ms. Olivia Dent (

Included Benefits: The University of Maryland's competitive benefits package can be reviewed at


Included Benefits: 
Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 3, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Dr. Drake Deming
Chair, Astronomy Search Committee
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Olivia Dent