Assistant Professor - Time Domain Theorist

Job Summary

Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty Positions
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst seeks to hire a
tenure-track faculty member in theory, covering one or more of the areas of Time Domain
Astronomy, Multi-messenger Astrophysics and/or related fields starting September 1, 2024. We
are seeking talented applicants qualified for this assistant professor position. Under exceptional
circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration. We
welcome all applications and encourage applications from candidates with backgrounds that are
traditionally underrepresented in astronomy.
The Astronomy department at the University of Massachusetts is a vibrant and collegial
community part of the Five Colleges Astronomy Department (FCAD), which consists of
Amherst College, Hampshire College, Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of
Massachusetts. We offer PhD degrees as well as both BS and BA in Astronomy. The FCAD
members share teaching, research, and other resources for the benefit of our students, postdocs
and faculty. The FCAD covers numerous fields of study, including but not limited to, the solar
system, exoplanets, star formation, the interstellar and intergalactic medium, galaxy dynamics
and evolution, high-energy astrophysics, and time-domain and multi-wavelength astronomy. We
investigate these fields using observations, theory, and experimental approaches, including two
on-site instrument laboratories. Our department is a partner with the Country of Mexico in the
Large Millimeter Telescope, the largest millimeter antenna currently in existence. Our faculty are
members of many international collaborations using state-of-the-art space and ground facilities.
In addition, UMass Amherst is one of the consortium members of the Massachusetts High
Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), a world class facility that offers computing and
storage resources to more than 20,000 faculty and students.
The Astronomy department is deeply committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive
environment for every member to thrive. Initiatives towards this goal have so far included: a
departmental code of conduct, a department-wide set of training workshops, paid research
internships for undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups, a formalized
mentoring structure for junior faculty, and journal club offerings dedicated to diversity, equity,
inclusion and belonging.

For more information and to apply, please go to the following link:

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching, and a
Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  Three
letters of reference will also need to be uploaded separately.

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

Excellent benefits including a generous state pension system and parental leave program. Faculty contracts are collectively bargained via a union that is part of the Massachusetts Society of Professors.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Oct 25
Application Deadline
2023 Dec 31


Alexandra Pope