Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Observational Astronomy – tenured/tenure-track

Job Summary

Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty Positions
University of Alabama
Physics and Astronomy
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Alabama invites applications for a tenure-track/tenured position in observational astronomy at either the assistant, associate, or full professor rank. 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  

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.

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 protected] 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. To apply for the assistant professor position, applications should be submitted at: To apply for the associate or full professor position, applications should be submitted at:

The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

For additional information, contact the search committee chair, Prof. Preethi Nair, at [email protected].

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Sep 27
Application Deadline
2023 Nov 01


Dr. Preethi Nair