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Assistant Professor of Astrophysics

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023

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Type of Position:

Faculty - Tenure/Tenure Track

Workstudy Position:


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Work Shift:

Day Shift (United States of America)

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Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions, you should review before applying for the opening.

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Department of Physics

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Physics Department in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position, to start in August 2024. This is a standard nine-month faculty appointment.

We seek candidates working in astrophysics whose research interests complement and expand those of our current astrophysics faculty including multi-wavelength studies of galaxy structure and evolution, high-energy phenomena in galaxies (X-ray binaries and AGN), black holes, and gravitational wave sources -- see https://fulbright.uark.edu/departments/physics/research/areas/astronomy-and-astrophysics.php for more details. Qualified candidates working in all areas of astrophysics, both observational and theoretical, are welcome to apply.

The requirements are a Ph.D. degree in astronomy/astrophysics or a closely related field, as well as demonstrated ability and commitment to excellence in independent research through an active research agenda and scholarly productivity beyond the Ph.D. The successful candidate is expected to establish a research program capable of attracting funding from outside sources and to mentor graduate students in our Ph.D. program. Faculty members are expected to contribute to the teaching and service activities of the Physics Department and the University. Teaching duties include undergraduate and/or graduate student course instruction at a level commensurate with an R1 research institution and mentoring both graduate and undergraduate students in research.

The position includes funds that support the hiring of a postdoctoral researcher, a PhD student, travel, and other research support funds.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Duties will include:
• 40% teaching
• 40% research
• 20% service

About the Department
The Department of Physics offers degrees that provide a broad background in the physics and technology of today and tomorrow with courses in astronomy, biophysics, computational physics, electronics and optics and research opportunities in astronomy, biophysics, nanophysics, computational/theoretical physics and quantum and non-linear physics. For more information, please visit https://fulbright.uark.edu/departments/physics/.

The University of Arkansas is a recipient of the NSF ADVANCE Award (2021-2024). The University of Arkansas Empowering Network Groups for Arkansas Gender Equity (ENGAGE) program promotes institutional change for intersectional and gender equity in STEM departments and across campus. The UofA ENGAGE program identifies, analyzes, and addresses institutional inequities while cultivating faculty equity and success by eradicating institutional barriers and harnessing institutional resources and mentoring networks.


Minimum Qualifications:

With submitted materials, the candidate must demonstrate:

  • PhD in Astrophysics, Astronomy, or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher education conferred by the date of initial appointment

  • An active research agenda

  • Evidence of scholarly productivity

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A commitment to exceptional inclusive teaching at the graduate level

  • A commitment to exceptional inclusive teaching at the undergraduate level

  • Commitment to, or experience in, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in independent research

  • Strong evidence of the ability to be an active, involved, and collegial member of a collaborative faculty team both on campus and in relevant national service organizations

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities (KSAs):

  • Current knowledge in the field of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Additional Information:


Completed applications received by 11/1/2023, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Bret Lehmer, at lehmer@uark.edu.

Applicants must submit a cover letter/letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and an academic excellence statement. This statement should discuss past, current, or planned future contributions to inclusive excellence in teaching, research, and service in Astrophysics and/or Physics.

Applicants should also be prepared to provide the information for three professional references (name, title, email address, and phone number) willing to provide letters of recommendation upon request during the application process. Applicants will receive an email prompt from the U of A Workday system and a task on their application page to submit this information after applying. Referees will have until 11:59 PM 11/7/2023 to submit their letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary Information:

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, Other (see special instructions for details)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Bret Lehmer, search committee chair, lehmer@uark.edu

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Other Required Documents:
- an academic excellence statement. This statement should discuss past, current, or planned future contributions to inclusive excellence in teaching, research, and service in Astrophysics and/or Physics.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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