The University of Memphis, Department of Physics and Materials Science

4759 20536
Position ID:The University of Memphis-Department of Physics and Materials Science-AP [#20536]
Position Title: Faculty Position in Astrophysics/Astronomy
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Memphis, Tennessee 38152, United States [map]
Subject Area: Astronomy / Astrophysics
Appl Deadline: (accepting applications posted 2021/11/16, listed until 2022/05/16)
Position Description:    

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The Department of Physics and Materials Science at the University of Memphis is seeking highly qualified individuals for a tenure-track faculty position, at the Assistant Professor level, in the field of Astrophysics/Astronomy to begin in Fall 2022. The department offers BS, MS, and PhD programs. The current faculty members are actively engaged in experimental and theoretical/computational research in the areas of astrophysics, nanomaterials, biomaterials, biophysics, and nanophotonics. The University of Memphis is a public research university located in Memphis, TN, a vibrant, friendly, and affordable metropolitan city in the Mid-South. Memphis is home to multiple healthcare, logistics, and technology headquarters. The city is in proximity to the LIGO Livingston and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, providing unique opportunities for partnership in research and education. 

The successful candidate is expected to develop and maintain a robust and independent research program, receive extramural research funding, effectively teach at undergraduate and graduate levels, actively contribute to outreach, recruitment and retention initiatives, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. Qualified candidates in observational, computational, theoretical, and instrumental astrophysics or astronomy, and related fields including but not limited to cosmology, particle astrophysics, nuclear astrophysics, planetary science, space physics, astronautics, are encouraged to apply. The University of Memphis has a wide range of research infrastructure, including a high-performance computing facility. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields, as well as candidates who will contribute in meaningful ways to the equity and inclusion goals of the Physics and Materials Science Department.

Prospective candidates must have a PhD in physics, astronomy, or a closely related discipline. Candidates with research experience beyond their PhDs are preferred. Prior formal or informal experience in outreach and teaching will be an advantage. Screening of applications will begin in December 2021 and may continue until the position is filled. To apply, please visit to submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching/mentoring philosophy and experience including public outreach plans, a diversity statement that articulates the plans to enhance inclusion and equity, and names and contacts of at least three references. For questions, please contact Dr. Xiao Shen (, Chair of the Search Committee. The University of Memphis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For more information, please visit

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Contact: Xiao Shen
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216 Manning Hall, The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152, USA
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