Tenure Track Assistant Professor Positions in Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin

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Publish Date: 
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Archive Date: 
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Texas at Austin
United States of America
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The Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level to begin in September 2017.

While we are particularly interested in applicants working on planetary systems science, star formation in the nearby Universe, stellar archeology, big data astronomy, and instrumentation, we welcome applications from excellent candidates in other fields of astronomy. We are open to both observational and theoretical styles of research. The search will be at a junior tenure-track level, but candidates at more senior ranks may be considered.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Astronomy or Physics. The primary selection criteria will be excellence and leadership in astrophysics research, as well as the ability to effectively teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate students. We particularly seek candidates who will lead transformational science with next-generation observational and computational facilities, creatively utilize the resources of the Astronomy department and McDonald Observatory, and contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research, teaching, and service.

Information on departmental resources and research programs can be found at http://www.as.utexas.edu/astronomy/astronomy.html

• The department is a major founding partner in the consortium for the next-generation Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT; http://www.gmto.org), scheduled to begin commissioning in 2023.

• UT faculty members have access to McDonald Observatory, which hosts the upgraded 10-m Hobby-Eberly Telescope, 2.7-m, 2.1-m, and 0.8-m telescopes; and cutting-edge instrumentation, such as the VIRUS integral field unit and the Immersion Grating INfrared Spectrometer (IGRINS). The department provides vibrant collaborative opportunities on large astronomical surveys, including the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX). Through its role as a node host, UT also has access to the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) network.

• Computational resources include the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC; https://www.tacc.utexas.edu), which designs and operates some of the world's most powerful computing resources, and is known for its leadership in High Performance Computing, Visualization, and Big Data Analytics.

• Our Astronomy program benefits from the strong support of over 200 members of the McDonald Observatory and Department of Astronomy Board of Visitors.

Application materials must be submitted electronically at https://apply.interfolio.com/37456. Submissions should include: a cover letter, a description of research accomplishments and current and future research plans (limited to 6 pages), a statement of teaching experience, goals, and philosophy, a Curriculum Vitae, and a list of publications. Candidates are also required to request three letters of recommendation using the application website, which will email the referees with instructions to directly upload their letters of recommendation.

Complete applications received by December 1, 2016 will be assured of full consideration.

For further information about the position, please contact the search committee at search2016@astro.as.utexas.edu or the Department Chair, Professor Shardha Jogee (chair@astro.as.utexas.edu).

The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity in its work force. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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Application Deadline: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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