Job Description

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Prescott, Arizona campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University seeks to fill a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track faculty position in Astronomy and Astrophysics to begin in August 2022. We expect to hire at the Assistant Professor level, but will also consider a hire at the Associate Professor level under special circumstances.

The department offers two B.S. degrees, Space Physics and Astronomy.  Our growing department has about 100 total majors, 40% of whom are from traditionally under-represented groups in Physics-related fields, and we encourage applications from these historically under-represented groups for this position.  Department faculty are expected to display excellence in teaching across the undergraduate Physics and Astronomy curriculum, including service courses for other degree programs.  The successful candidate will also maintain a research program that is competitive for external funding and accessible to undergraduates.  Service on departmental, campus, and university committees is also expected.

All eight current tenure-stream faculty members are research-active. Departmental research interests include gravitational wave research within the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the interstellar medium, variable and binary stars, massive stars and their winds, multi-messenger astronomy, testing general relativity, particle physics, and advanced propulsion systems. We will consider all areas of astronomical specialties, but preference will be given to candidates that can either use our on-campus facilities or collaborate within the context of the new Data Science program housed in the Department of Mathematics.

Known as Arizona’s “Mile-High City”, Prescott is located in the central highlands 75 miles north of Phoenix, surrounded on 3 sides by National Forest lands.  The mild four-season climate and 300 days of sunshine per year are ideal for a variety of outdoor activities. ERAU’s on-campus facilities include both optical and radio telescopes, an advanced optics lab, and the 116-seat Jim & Linda Lee Planetarium, the only such facility in northern Arizona. The optical telescope is currently a 0.4-m telescope equipped with both an echelle spectrograph and imaging CCD.

ERAU benefits include:

● Relocation support provided
● Retirement Plan – ERAU offers immediate vesting and provides a 6% gift and will match up to 3.5% of employee contributions
● Two BC/BS health plans – PPO and high deductible plan with a health savings account
● Tuition waivers for employees, spouses, and dependent children will cover one undergraduate and graduate degree per person
● Use of various campus services: fitness center, library, mail room and enjoy observation flights


A Ph.D. degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or related field is required for this position. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests, and contact information for 3 references to https://embryriddle.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/External/job/Prescott-AZ/Assistant-Associate-Professor-of-Astronomy-and-Astrophysics_R302126.

For inquiries concerning this position, please contact Dr. Noel Richardson at noel.richardson@erau.edu.

Other desirable qualifications include:
1) Undergraduate teaching experience and/or mentoring experience for undergraduate research.
2) Research interests that overlap and expand upon current departmental interests.
3) Ability to perform public outreach via the Lee Planetarium, Campus Observatory, or other venues.

4) Expertise to teach a junior-level Planetary Science course.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, or disability.