Assistant Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Job Summary

Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty Positions
University of Kansas
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas (KU) seeks outstanding applicants for an Assistant Professorship in the area of Astronomy and Astrophysics (tenure track position) expected to begin as early as August 18, 2018.  We are especially interested in individuals with an observational, theoretical, or computational background who work in the broad realm of extragalactic astrophysics, however all qualified applicants will be considered. Presently, the primary research areas of our group include observational galactic and extragalactic astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, cosmology, space and plasma physics.

The qualifying candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics or a closely related field by the time of appointment and relevant postdoctoral experience.  A strong record of research and demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching are required. A successful applicant will be expected to conduct an active research program and teach astronomy and astrophysics classes at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Our department and university are dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment. Individuals who are committed to furthering these causes are encouraged to apply.  We especially welcome applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in Physics and Astronomy.  This includes, but is not limited to, women, racial and ethnic underrepresented minorities, and LGBTQIA individuals as well as those residing at the intersection of these axes.

Lawrence, KS is an excellent place to live. It is an affordable and progressive city with a lively arts and music scene, excellent schools, high quality restaurants, affordable living, and a diverse cultural mix. It has often been called the “Austin of Kansas.” It is also only an hour drive from Kansas City. 

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to A complete online application includes the following materials: cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, and the names and contact information for three professional references.  For additional information about the position, please contact: Professors Greg Rudnick and Mikhail Medvedev, Search Committee co-Chairs, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Kansas, [email protected].  Initial review of applications will begin on October 31, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, relation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and is the University’s Title IX Coordinator: the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, [email protected], 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2017 Sep 12
Application Deadline
2017 Oct 31
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