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Assistant Professor in Astrophysics

Posting Information

Posting Information

Position Title Assistant Professor in Astrophysics
Job Posting Number 20180078FAC
Job Location San Marcos
Department Physics
Position Description

The Department of Physics at Texas State University seeks applicants for a tenure track position in astrophysics at the assistant professor rank effective Fall 2018. The successful candidate will be expected to secure external funding and establish a vibrant research program advising undergraduate and master’s students, be committed to excellence in teaching introductory and advanced courses in physics and astrophysics, and engage in service at departmental, university, and/or professional levels. Start-up will be provided.

Required Qualifications

1) Successful applicants will have an earned Ph.D. in, physics, astrophysics, or a closely related field; postdoctoral or equivalent experience; a demonstrated record of research, such as peer-reviewed publications; and strong commitment to excellence in teaching.
2) Expertise in multi-wavelength optical and X-ray data analysis and interpretation; demonstrated expertise in astrophysics of neutron stars and other high-energy sources; and a demonstrated track record of external funding in support of research including at high-energy observatories such as Chandra X-ray Observatory.
3) Experience teaching physics at the introductory and advanced levels; experience working with Learning Assistants or equivalent models of research-based undergraduate instruction; experience in instructing advanced undergraduate laboratory physics courses using a project-based approach; and experience supervising student research.
4) Experience running and maintaining a university observatory.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates who can effectively mentor undergraduate and graduate students and who have experience in astronomy-related outreach to the public (including observatory sessions), in leading student organizations such as astronomy clubs, and in taking students and telescopes to remote off-campus viewing locations.

Application Procedures

Only applications submitted through the Texas State University website will be accepted and considered, To ensure full consideration, please submit the following materials by December 15, 2017: a cover letter addressing how the required and preferred qualifications are met; complete curriculum vita; statement of research interests with plans (2-5 pages); a statement of teaching philosophy including interests and experience (1-2 pages); and the contact information for three references.

Applicants selected candidate for interview will be required to provide official transcripts from all degree-granting universities.

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Proposed Start Date Fall 2018
Open Date
Review Date 12/15/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Research Interests
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents
  1. Evidence of Teaching Experience/Evaluations
  2. Transcripts
  3. Additional Document
  4. DD 214/DD1300
  5. Veteran's Preference