Overview

The George Mason University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin in August 2022. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Responsibilities:

We seek applications from qualified candidates in all areas of astronomy, astrophysics, and space science, including theorists, observers, and instrumentalists. The position’s duties include conducting research, supervising graduate and undergraduate research, contributing to departmental initiatives to foster a more inclusive environment, and teaching. Our department includes 28 tenured/tenure-track faculty and over 30 research faculty conducting cutting edge research in exoplanets, space weather, planetary science, the physics of the interstellar medium, and black holes and galaxy evolution using state of the art space and ground-based observatories. The department maintains close ties with research labs in the area including NASA Goddard, the Naval Research Laboratory, and the US Naval Observatory. The salary is competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in physics or a closely related field;
  • Postdoctoral research experience;
  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body, while establishing a well-recognized research program.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated research experience in astronomy, astrophysics, and space science.
For questions, contact the chair of the search committee, Prof. Shobita Satyapal (ssatyapa@gmu.edu).
Located close to the nation’s capital, George Mason University is an R1 institution and is the largest public university in the state of Virginia. George Mason University prides itself on having one of the most diverse campuses in the nation with a student body representing 130 countries, and has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment. Our evaluation process places an emphasis on the applicant’s written statements, as well as independent evaluations from faculty, staff, and students. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call Faith Gaile at (703) 993-3807.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.