University of Connecticut, Physics

Position ID:UConn-Physics-2019148 [#12487]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Astrophysics
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / astrophysics
Appl Deadline:2019/01/30 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2018/10/19, finished 2019/06/07, listed until 2019/04/19)
Position Description:    

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The Department of Physics at the University of Connecticut (Storrs Campus) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Astrophysics at the rank of Assistant Professor to start August 23, 2019. This is an open search for an astrophysicist, with a preference for an individual with expertise in data science, numerical simulations, computational methods, astronomical software, and/or analyzing large datasets/surveys. The first three years of this tenure-track position at UConn will be a joint (50-50) appointment with the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute in New York City. At the CCA, the appointee will hold the position of Associate Research Scientist or Research Scientist.  More information about the Associate Research Scientist position is available at


The University of Connecticut has entered a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (  As part of these initiatives, UConn has hired more than 450 new faculty at all ranks during the past three years.  Additionally, UConn has committed to building a strong astrophysics program, with the recent hire of three assistant professors in astrophysics, development of new astrophysics courses and a minor, and investment in the new Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) on the Subaru Telescope.


Current UConn astrophysics faculty are engaged in a range of research on star formation, galaxy formation and evolution, and black holes. The CCA is part of the Flatiron Institute in New York City, which is supported by the Simons Foundation. The CCA is a focal point for computational astronomy in the region and around the world, leading the development of computational tools needed for astrophysical calculations, simulations and data analyses. Information on the CCA is available at


Applicants for this position are expected to have a PhD in astrophysics or a closely-related field and to have established an independent program of research that they will expand at UConn and CCA. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, promoting an inclusive community in astrophysics, and broadening participation in astrophysics among members of traditionally underrepresented groups.




Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in Astrophysics, or a closely related field; a demonstrated ability to initiate and lead independent research; an established record of publications in major scientific journals.




Leading active, on-going research in data science, numerical simulations, computational methods, astronomical software, and/or analyzing large datasets/surveys; at least two years of post-doctoral experience; strong teaching skills; the ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.




This is a full-time, 9 month, tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2019 at UConn. The first three years of this appointment will be held jointly with the Center for Computational Astrophysics in the Flatiron Institute in New York City, with the expectation that fifty percent of the time will be spent there. Additionally, summer months may be spent at the CCA, including summer salary, upon mutual agreement between the CCA and the successful candidate.  The logistics of meeting this expectation is open to review and discussion. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.                


Select “Apply" to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae (with list of publications); teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.); research and scholarship statement (a description of past and planned research; innovative concepts that will form the basis of the academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.); commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.); sample journal articles or books. Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct at least three reference writers to submit letters of reference on your behalf.  Questions regarding this position should be directed to Evaluation of applicants will begin December 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. 


Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.  (Search # 2019148)

For more information regarding the Department of Physics please visit the department website at

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The Simons Foundation's Diversity Commitment

Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. The Simons Foundation provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.

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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural, and diverse community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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University of Connecticut
Department of Physics
196 Auditorium Road
Unit 3046
Storrs, CT 06269

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