Overview

Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, Astronomy, Space, and Astrophysics

Description:
The Department of Physics at Baylor University invites applications for a tenure-track position in astronomy, astrophysics, complex plasma physics, or space physics at the assistant professor level. The position is expected to contribute to the growing research enterprise at Baylor University and contribute to the signature academic initiatives identified in the University’s vision document, Illuminate (baylor.edu/illuminate).

The successful candidate can anticipate strong support for their integrated research and teaching program with state-of-the-art facilities, lab space, and startup funds. They can also anticipate close collaboration and support from Baylor’s world-class faculty and integration within the department’s astronomy, astrophysics, complex plasma physics, and space physics research community.

The Department of Physics (https://www.baylor.edu/physics/) consists of 20 teaching and research faculty, ~75 undergraduates, and ~55 graduate students. The department offers the BS, MS, and PhD degrees. It holds a strong research focus, and demonstrated excellence in teaching and commitment of service to Baylor, our community in Central Texas, and the international science community. Current research areas include astronomy, astrophysics, complex plasma physics, elementary particle physics (experimental and theoretical), gravitation and cosmology, nano/quantum optics, nonlinear dynamics, space physics and surface physics of various materials.

Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is the oldest college in Texas. With a population of around 21,000 students, Baylor is one of the top universities in the nation, having just been named an R1 institution by the Carnegie Classification in 2022. Baylor is also on the honor roll of the “Great Colleges to Work For” from The Chronicle of Higher Education, Baylor offers competitive salaries and benefits while giving faculty and staff the chance to live in one of the fastest-growing parts of the state. Our strategic plan, Illuminate, guides the University as we continue to live up to Baylor’s mission of educating men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.

Qualifications:
Outstanding candidates holding an earned doctorate in physics or a related field are invited to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent, internationally recognized research program, obtain federal external support for their research, teach with excellence in the physics program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and serve the university and broader physics community.

Application Instructions:
To apply, visit https://apply.interfolio.com/106919

Applicants are asked to provide 1) a cover letter with a curriculum vita, 2) a statement of research interests, 3) a statement of teaching philosophy, and (4) contact information for at least three professional references who will be contacted for finalists.

Select candidates will be asked to provide additional documentation, including an original copy of their official doctoral transcript, at a later date.

The appointment begins in August 2023. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Inquiries about the positions can be sent to physicsjob@baylor.edu.

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicants religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.