Position Highlights

The Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory (DA/SO) of the University of Arizona invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position with an anticipated start date August of 2023. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates with research expertise in theoretical astrophysics. We have an identified need for research expertise in the theory of stellar interiors, stellar evolution, supernovae, and stellar transients, and for teaching stellar structure and evolution at the graduate level.The University-wide Research Data Center provides our faculty access to high-end, local supercomputing resources including distributed, shared-memory, and GPU architectures, including Puma, with ~24,000 cores, 236 CPU nodes, and 8 GPU nodes (see https://public.confluence.arizona.edu/display/UAHPC/Resources)
Additional information about the Department, Steward Observatory, its personnel, and its facilities is available on its web page: https://www.as.arizona.edu/.

The Astronomy Department and Steward Observatory have a highly-valued culture of collegiality, respect, and collaboration among its members. We welcome candidates who will contribute to this positive climate and to our ongoing efforts toward increasing the inclusivity and diversity of our community.

We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

This position is expected to maintain an active research program, to participate fully and with distinction in both undergraduate and graduate education, and to carry out their share of advising duties and committee assignments.

See position highlights summary.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science, or related fields.
Rank: Assistant

Tenure Information

Tenure Track (T/TE)

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Academic

Job Category: Faculty

Benefits Eligible: Yes – Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

kmerrill@arizona.edu OR


Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Four Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant

In addition to a Cover Letter and CV, please attach:

1) A statement of research experience and interests (5-page limit).

2) A short (1 page) teaching statement, listing previous teaching experience, teaching philosophy, and future teaching interests.

3) A 1-2 page proposal of future activities and summary of past activities led by the candidate to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) including metrics for measuring success.

4) Provide names and email addresses for three references who will be automatically contacted upon submission of the application.Please see these instructions regarding the Teaching and DEI statements:

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.
The University of Arizona is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.