Associate/Full Professor of Observational Astronomy - Tenure-Track Faculty Position - 520592
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Internal Number: 520592
Department/Organization 204461 - Physics
Rank Associate/Full Professor
Position Summary The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Alabama invites applications for a tenure-track position in observational astronomy at either the associate or full professor rank.
Detailed Position Information The successful candidate will be engaged in observational studies which are aligned with and extend current research in the group. These fields include formation of galaxies and large-scale structure, formation of the first stars, proto-planetary disks and planet formation, exoplanet detection and characterization, stellar evolution, variable stars, stellar explosions, black holes and neutron stars, active galactic nuclei, and galaxy evolution. We are particularly interested in applicants working in time-domain astronomy (such as supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, accretion phenomena around massive black holes, exoplanet observations, and new types of astrophysical transients). The appointment will begin August 16, 2024. In addition to faculty working in observational and theoretical astrophysics, we have related research groups in astroparticle physics (IceCube, VERITAS, CTA), experimental particle physics (dark matter detection, CERN), experimental nuclear physics and theoretical particle physics. The UA astronomy group is part of the SARA consortium, remotely operating 1-meter telescopes at 3 sites, and operates its own well-equipped 0.4m telescope locally. More information about the department can be found on the department’s website physics.ua.edu.
Minimum Qualifications The minimum qualifications for this position are a Ph.D. or equivalent, postdoctoral experience, scholarly publications, and experience with modern techniques in astronomy and astrophysics. Candidates for this position are expected to have an outstanding research record and exhibit potential for effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate is expected to develop a high quality, externally funded research program, as well as teach and mentor at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Instructions and Required Materials for Application We will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2023 and the review process will continue until the position is filled. Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae, including descriptions of the applicant’s accomplishments, research interests, teaching philosophy, and a list of publications with citation counts. Applicants should also arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent electronically to email@example.com or by mail to Prof. Preethi Nair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Box 870324, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487. Applications must be submitted online at the University of Alabama website https://careers.ua.edu/jobs/search/AS. For additional information, contact the search committee chair, Prof. Preethi Nair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Division/College/School The College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama offers an exciting and dynamic environment for faculty seeking to make an impact in their field and in the lives of the innovators and changemakers of tomorrow.
As the largest college at The University, we house over 8000 students and 1000 faculty and staff across our 25 departments.
With nationally recognized programs and award-winning faculty, our College has positioned itself as a leader in higher education. Our facilities and resources include state-of-the-art laboratories, research centers, and performance venues, providing students with hands-on learning experiences and opportunities for research and creative expression.
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About the University The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus.
A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. The University of Alabama has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is among the top doctoral research universities in the United States.
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About Tuscaloosa Tuscaloosa is so much more than a college town.
It's a vibrant community that’s filled with legendary history. Located along the Black Warrior River, the city features a walkable downtown that’s complete with live music, locally owned shops, outdoor spaces to explore and local restaurants to meet every palate. With a geography ranging from suburban to rural, the area offers a variety of housing options along with excellent public and private schools and a wealth of recreational and entertainment options.
With a metro area population of 235,000, the Druid City lies about an hour southwest of Birmingham, in west-central Alabama. It’s within a few hours’ drive of Gulf Coast beaches and major cities like Nashville, New Orleans and Atlanta, making it a great base for growing better acquainted with the South’s finest offerings.
Background Investigation and EEO Statement Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.
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