The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas (KU) seeks applicants for an Assistant Professorship in astroparticle physics (AP) to begin January 1, 2022.   The KU astroparticle physics group’s research program focuses on radio-wave detection of ultra-high energy cosmic rays and neutrinos.  Qualifying candidates must have a doctorate degree in physics or a closely related field. A strong record of research and commitment to excellence in teaching are required.  Candidates with research interests in radio-frequency instrumentation or areas closely related to it and compatible with the existing efforts and equipment in the department are particularly encouraged to apply.

The University of Kansas is dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment. Individuals who are committed to furthering these goals 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.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.  The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the time of appointment.

Lawrence, KS is an excellent place to live. It is an affordable and progressive city with a lively arts and music scene, excellent schools, high quality restaurants, economical living, and a diverse cultural mix. It is also only an hour drive from downtown Kansas City.

Job Description
40% – Teaching/Advising

  • Teach two classes per academic year in physics at the graduate or undergraduate levels.
  • 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 students; supervise Honors students.
  • Conduct course evaluation with student input as directed by the University.
  • Hold regular office hours for students of courses taught.
  • Adhere to program, College and University Policies.

40% – Research

  • The Department of Physics & Astronomy maintains a national profile of high quality faculty research.  An active and productive research program with impactful publications in astroparticle physics and related areas is expected, as it contributes towards establishing and maintaining a national and international reputation.

20% – Service

  • 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.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  1. Develop and conduct a vigorous research program in astroparticle physics.
  2. Teach two course in physics per academic year at the graduate or undergraduate levels.
  3. Participate in service work for the Department, College, and University.
  4. Supervise undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students.
  5. Participate in national professional conferences and meetings, publish research results in major journals of the discipline, and conduct other activities appropriate to the discipline.

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:

  1. Doctorate degree in physics or a closely related field.
  2. Established record of research in astroparticle physics or other closely related areas.
  3. Commitment to excellence in teaching physics at graduate and undergraduate levels, as evidenced by teaching statement.

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

Additional Candidate Instruction
For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/19038BR.  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. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent electronically to Professor Hume Feldman, Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Kansas, kuapsearch2020@ku.edu.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.