The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas (KU) seeks applicants for an Assistant Professorship in observational, computational, or theoretical astronomy or astrophysics to begin as early as August 18, 2018.

The KU astronomy & astrophysics group has active research on observational galaxy evolution, observational galactic and stellar astronomy, high energy theoretical astrophysics, theoretical plasma astrophysics, cosmology, space physics, and observational nebular astrophysics. The qualifying candidates must have a doctorate degree in Astronomy, Physics or a closely related field and relevant postdoctoral experience. A strong record of research and commitment to excellence in teaching are required. Candidates who work in the broad realm of extragalactic astrophysics are particularly encouraged to apply, although all qualified applicants will be considered. We welcome applicants of all nationalities, although the successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World: (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see http://www.provost.ku.edu/strategic-plan/initiatives.

Our department and university are dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment. Individuals who are committed to furthering these causes are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in Physics and Astronomy. This includes, but is not limited to, women, racial and ethnic underrepresented minorities, and LGBTQIA individuals as well as those residing at the intersection of these axes. In addition, candidates with experience and/or demonstrated potential to effectively contribute to a diverse and inclusive learning environment are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Job Description
The Department of Physics & Astronomy maintains a national profile of high quality faculty research. Faculty members are expected to develop and maintain an active research program, which gains national recognition and is advanced substantially beyond the level of the Ph.D. thesis. The faculty member should be a dedicated scholar whose research will continue to develop in depth and importance throughout their career. Faculty members are expected to publish impactful papers in peer reviewed astronomy, astrophysics, or physics journals and to present findings at professional conferences. They are also expected to obtain significant amounts of external funding and to build a national and international reputation.


  • Teach two classes per academic year in astronomy and astrophysics at the graduate or undergraduate level. Teach advanced undergraduate and graduate classes in area of specialization. Courses may be cross-listed or cross-referenced with other departments.
  • Participate in the advising of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Participate in the advising of masters and doctoral students with the goal of actively participating as a dissertation/thesis director and professional mentor for doctoral/masters students; supervise Honors studies.
  • Supervise research with undergraduate students.
  • Conduct course evaluations with student input as directed by the university.
  • Hold regular office hours for students of courses taught.
  • Adhere to program, College, and University Policies.


  • Attend Departmental meetings.
  • Contribute service to the Department and perform other related duties and special projects as assigned.
  • Serve on committees at the Departmental, College, and University levels as the opportunities arise.
  • Participate in professional service that may include reviewing scholarly articles, activity in national organizations, organizing meetings or workshops.


  • Develop and conduct a vigorous research program in observational, computational, or theoretical astronomy or astrophysics.
  • Teach two courses in astronomy and astrophysics per academic year at the graduate or undergraduate levels.
  • Participate in service work for the Department, College, and University.
  • Supervise undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. students.
  • Participate in national professional conferences and meetings, publish research results in major journals of the discipline, and conduct other activities appropriate to the discipline.
  • Collegiality.

All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct

Required Qualifications
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity demonstrated by publications and c.v., and (3) information provided from professional references:


  • Doctorate degree in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, or closely related fields by the time of appointment and relevant postdoctoral experience.
  • Established record of research in astronomy or astrophysics.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching astronomy and astrophysics at graduate and undergraduate levels, as evidenced by teaching statement.

Preferred Qualifications

Additional Candidate Instruction
For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/9991BR or https://employment.ku.edu and click “Search Faculty Jobs”; search by key word [Astro]. A complete online application includes the following materials: cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement (up to five pages), a teaching statement (up to two pages), and the names, e-mail addresses, and contact information for at least three references.
Initial review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information to Applicants
Professor Gregory Rudnick
Physics & Astronomy
University of Kansas
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, 1082 Malott Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045


Professor Mikhail Medvedev
Physics & Astronomy
University of Kansas
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, 1082 Malott Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045

Advertised Salary Range: Commensurate with education and experience