Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Astronomy

Job Summary

Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty Positions
University of Texas, Austin
Department of Astronomy
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level to begin in September 2024. 

We welcome applications from candidates in all fields of astronomy and we are open to observers, theorists, and instrumentalists. The search will be at a junior tenure-track level, but outstanding candidates at more senior ranks may be considered.

Information on departmental and McDonald Observatory resources and research programs can be found at: https://www.as.utexas.edu

·       UT Austin is a major founding partner in the consortium for the next-generation 25-m Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT: http://www.gmto.org).

·       UT faculty members have access to McDonald Observatory, which hosts the upgraded 10-m Hobby-Eberly Telescope, 2.7-m, 2.1-m, and 0.8-m telescopes, and cutting-edge instrumentation, such as the VIRUS integral field spectrograph, the Habitable Zone Planet Finder Spectrograph (HPF), and (starting in 2024) the Immersion Grating Infrared Spectrometer (IGRINS). The UT Astronomy Program provides vibrant collaborative opportunities on large astronomical surveys, including the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) and numerous JWST surveys. Through its role as a node host, UT also has access to the Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) network.

·       Computational resources include the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC: https://www.tacc.utexas.edu), which designs and operates some of the world'’s most powerful computing resources, and is known for its leadership in High Performance Computing, Visualization, Big Data Analytics, and Machine Learning.

·       Our Astronomy program benefits from the strong support of over 200 members of the McDonald Observatory and Department of Astronomy Board of Visitors.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, or Planetary Science. The primary selection criteria will be excellence and leadership in astrophysics research, as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. We particularly seek candidates who will lead transformational science with next-generation observational and computational facilities, and creatively utilize the resources of the Astronomy Department and McDonald Observatory. Applicants are encouraged to highlight throughout their application their relevant experiences and skillsets in supporting academic success of all students (e.g., their specific approaches for teaching, mentoring, research and /or scholarly work).

Application Instructions

Application materials must be submitted electronically at http://apply.interfolio.com/134293. Submissions should include: a cover letter, a description of research accomplishments and current and future research plans (limited to 6 pages total), a statement of teaching experience, goals, and philosophy (limited to 3 pages), a Curriculum Vitae, and a list of publications. Candidates are also required to request three letters of recommendation using the application website, which will email your references with instructions to directly upload their letters of recommendation.

Complete applications received by December 1, 2023 will be assured of full consideration.

For further information about the position, please contact the search committee at [email protected] or the Department Chair, Professor Volker Bromm ([email protected]).

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

UT has an excellent benefits program, described at http://hr.utexas.edu/prospective/benefits 

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Oct 13
Application Deadline
2023 Dec 01