University of Kentucky, Department of Physics & Astronomy

Position ID:UK-PhysicsandAstronomy-ASTRO [#23329]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Astronomy
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Lexington, Kentucky KY, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Astronomy / Astronomical Instrumentation, Astrophysics, Cosmology, Observational
Astrophysics / Adaptive Optics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Astrophysics and Gravitational Physics, Computational Astrophysics, Cosmology, Exoplanet Imaging, Exoplanets, Experimental Astrophysics, Extragalactic Astrophysics, Galaxy Formation, Instrumentation/Observation/Experiment, Interstellar Medium, Numerical Astrophysics, Numerical Simulations, Observational, Planet formation, Star formation, Gravitational Waves
Appl Deadline:2022/12/01 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/10/17)
Position Description:   URMs  

The Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington, Kentucky ( is seeking candidates for a tenure-eligible faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. This is a 9-month position in the regular title series with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2023. We seek candidates in observational astronomy, working in any subfield. 

Our existing programs include observational high-energy astrophysics, galactic dynamics and evolution, stellar pulsations, and spectroscopy of non-equilibrium plasmas such as quasar emission lines.  Additional research includes studies of the nature of dark matter, neutron stars, and active galactic nuclei. UK is the home of the Cloudy project, an open-source spectral simulation code. 

All candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field. 

Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education and to be qualified to teach a broad range of courses in Astronomy. Tenure-eligible faculty are expected to build a strong research program in their chosen area with potential to attract external funding. 

Lexington is in the heart of the scenic Bluegrass Region, with many outdoor recreation opportunities and excellent public and private schools. Our campus has undergone a building transformation in the last ten years, with capital investment in excess of $2.4 billion. Infrastructure investments have also revitalized Lexington, and it is an exceptionally livable city. 

In order to be considered a candidate, applicants will need to complete each of the following two steps
I. Submit the requested application materials to Academic Jobs Online. These materials should include: 
  1. a cover letter
  2. a curriculum vitae (including publication list), 
  3. a research statement with emphasis on future research goals, including involvement of graduate student and postdocs as well as potential funding opportunities
  4. a teaching and mentoring statement with emphasis on teaching interests and goals as well as plans for undergraduate student research engagement and outreach
  5. three letters of recommendation
  6. a statement on inclusivity. (As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In one to two pages, applicants should reflect on their commitments, approaches, and insights related to inclusion, diversity, and equity.)
II. Complete an application within the University of Kentucky employment system by visiting and select “Apply for this job.” [Documents, including reference letters, submitted to Academic Jobs Online do not need to be submitted to the University of Kentucky application system.] 

Review of applications will start by Dec 1, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Questions about this search should be addressed to Ms. Suann Reese, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Kentucky ( The University of Kentucky provides comprehensive benefits which are fully described at The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, African Americans, and all minorities.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40506-0055