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

Research Scientist, Minor Planet Center

Submit applications to:
Attention: Dr. Michael A'Hearn, Professor
Department of Astronomy, PSC 1113
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-2421

Email Submission Address: ma@astro.umd.edu
Email Inquiries: ma@astro.umd.edu

Deadline for best consideration: 2/15/2017

Job Description:

In anticipation of funding expected imminently, the Department of Astronomy at the University of Maryland (in College Park, MD) invites applications for a faculty position as a research scientist at a level (assistant, associate, senior) determined by the applicant’s qualifications (see UM Policy II-1.00, page II.1.00-10). The candidate will be expected to share with Professor Emeritus Michael A'Hearn the oversight of the Minor Planet Center (located at the Center for Astrophysics) as it is merged into the Small Bodies Node of NASA's Planetary Data System. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in an appropriate scientific area, will have expertise in orbital dynamics, knowledge of many aspects of NASA's Near-Earth Object program and of the worldwide NEO community, and experience in management, whether of projects or of groups. The person will be expected to interact regularly with the staff and particularly with the director of the Minor Planet Center (Dr. Matt Holman) and to provide continuity in this activity beyond Professor A'Hearn's active role in the Planetary Data System. The person would also be expected to support NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office for interactions involving the MPC and SBN with both domestic and international activities of the small bodies community. Research related to the MPC's activities or the broader NEO program is welcome and separately funded research in other areas is also welcome as the lesser portion of the job. Questions about the position should be directed to Professor A'Hearn.

The Department of Astronomy includes a large number of planetary scientists working primarily on small bodies and on dynamics, and with participants in a variety of missions including Rosetta, OSIRIS-REx, and New Horizons as well as many research projects (see http://www.astro.umd.edu/rareas/). The Small Bodies Node of NASA’s Planetary Data System is led by Professor A’Hearn and has major operations both at the University of Maryland and at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson (locally headed by Eric Palmer).  There are many other nearby institutions that are also active in various aspects of both planetary science and astronomy and with varying degrees of direct collaboration with UMD.

TO APPLY: Applicants should submit a current CV and a short (no more than 2 pages) summary of experience related to any of the activities of the MPC.  Applications should be sent to Professor A’Hearn, ma at astro.umd.edu.  Applications received by 15 February 2017 will receive full consideration.  Starting date is as soon as practical after that, but no later than early summer 2017.

The University of Maryland is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.

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