Employment Opportunities


Assistant Professor of Astronomy

Apply by December 1, 2016 for full consideration. All applications must be submitted through the UMD Employment Site.

Job Description:

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Maryland (located in College Park, MD) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position. Accomplished candidates in any area of astronomy, astrophysics, or planetary science are encouraged to apply. We are searching for candidates at the Assistant Professor (tenure-track) level, but will consider applications for tenured ranks in exceptional cases. A PhD in astronomy, physics, planetary science, or a related discipline is required, and the successful candidate must have an established record of research excellence. Candidates are expected to have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and mentorship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

We are committed to building a diverse faculty preeminent in our missions of research, teaching, and engagement in the community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students or who can contribute to a climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in this area.

The Department of Astronomy has close collaborations with scientists in our physics, geology, and engineering departments as well as in neighboring institutions such as NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The Washington DC - Baltimore area is noted as a partner-friendly area due to its many employment opportunities in astronomy and other fields. Queries concerning the position can be directed to the search administrator, Dr. Eric McKenzie (eric@astro.umd.edu).

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

TO APPLY: For full consideration, applications must be submitted by December 1, 2016 through the UMD Employment Site. Requirements include a cover letter, CV (including publications list), research statement, teaching statement, and 3 letters of reference. The letters are requested automatically by the system based on contact information that you provide. Since consideration will begin in early December but letters are not requested until you submit your completed application, you are encouraged to submit your application in advance of the December 1 deadline to give time for your letter writers to submit their letters by early December.

Email Address for Inquiries: eric@astro.umd.edu


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