San Francisco State University, Department of Physics & Astronomy

Position ID:SFSU-Physics-ASTRO [#11747]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Observational Astronomy
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:San Francisco, California 94132, United States [map]
Subject Area: Astronomy / Observational
Appl Deadline:2018/12/19help popup finished (offers accepted 2018/09/19, finished 2019/05/23, listed until 2019/01/31)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at San Francisco State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Observational Astronomy beginning August 2019. The Department of Physics & Astronomy offers B.A., B.S., and M.S. degree programs, and we are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, service and diversity. We seek a colleague who will create and foster an active program in Observational Astronomy, and who is enthusiastic about mentoring students and involving them in ongoing research activities, including graduate students working on M.S. theses. The newly appointed professor will join and collaborate with faculty in theoretical, computational, and experimental physics, observational astronomy, theoretical and computational astrophysics, and physics & astronomy education research.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

• Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body;

• Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging;

• Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice;

• Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio;

• Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;

• Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and

• Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.

Responsibilities: The position requires teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in astronomy and physics, mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students, developing an active research program in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments. Detailed position description is available at

Qualifications: Required:

• Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics or closely related field. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.


• Record of teaching contributions in the areas of undergraduate and graduate astronomy and physics;

• Active record of scholarship related to specialty area and evidence of external support or the potential for external funding;

• Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works;

• Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities;

• Record of contributing to collegial, supportive and collaborative work environments.

Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Application: Submit (i) cover letter, (ii) a current CV (including publications list), (iii) a description of research interests and how you will engage students in research activities, (iv) a statement on teaching interests and philosophy, including how your teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the Department of Physics & Astronomy to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community, and (v) three letters of recommendation. Application review begins December 19, 2018, and continues until filled.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132

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