Assistant Professor in Observational High-Energy Astrophysics

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Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty Positions
George Washington University
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Job Description

Assistant Professor in Observational High-Energy Astrophysics

Position Description Summary:

The Department of Physics at The George Washington University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning as early as Fall 2023 in Observational High-Energy Astrophysics. The search is open to the areas of gamma-ray and X-ray astrophysics with a focus on neutron stars, magnetars, Fast Radio Bursts, and other high-energy transients, multi-mission data analysis, and the development of X-ray and gamma-ray mission concept studies.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a highly active, externally funded research program with for instance NASA and NSF, and be involved in the development of X-ray and low energy gamma-ray mission concept studies. The successful candidate is expected to advance the vision and reputation of the George Washington University as a leading global research university, and is expected to teach physics, astronomy, and astrophysics classes at both undergraduate and graduate levels as well as mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will contribute more broadly to the life of the department in the areas of diversity and inclusion initiatives, and alumni engagement.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicant must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field by date of appointment. Applicant must have at least two years postdoctoral or equivalent experience by date of appointment, a proven history of external funding, experience in teaching physics and/or astronomy at the university level, and a solid publication record demonstrating expertise in observational high-energy astrophysics.

Other Information:

Our highly collegial department of 19 tenure-line faculty offers degrees at the BA, BS, MS, and PhD level. We have three major research strands in nuclear physics, biophysics, and astrophysics, with burgeoning programs in photonics theory and complexity, and data science, applying physics techniques in unconventional arenas. The high-energy astrophysics group is composed of 5 tenure-line faculty, and research faculty, postdocs, graduate, and undergraduate students. We have many established collaborations with local, national, and international groups and institutions, including Memoranda of Understanding (Naval Research Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of Amsterdam, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) for the exchange of data, students, and faculty. We have a moderately sized undergraduate population, which is growing in both size and diversity, and a steadily growing graduate population. The department is mainly housed in the newly renovated Corcoran Hall, with two new state-of-the-art classrooms, fully equipped for classes delivered in modern pedagogical modes. In addition, we have two mixed-use labs, which are used for both undergraduate and graduate research projects. All physics faculty additionally have access to the core facilities in the 250,000 square foot Science & Engineering Hall, containing a state-of-the-art imaging suite and Class 100 nanofabrication/cleanroom facility. The university’s downtown DC location affords ready access to many national resources and organizations such as NASA, NRL, NIST, DOE and NSF.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To be considered please complete an online faculty application and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, and statements of research and teaching interests. Please have three letters of recommendation sent by the referees to [email protected]. A list of anticipated referees should be appended to the cover letter. Review of applications will begin on December 19, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.


Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
$83,000USD to $95,000USD

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2022 Oct 19
Application Deadline
2022 Dec 19