Assistant Professor in Observational Cosmology

Job Summary

Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty Positions
Duke University
Physics Department
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Department of Physics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in the area of observational cosmology. The physics department is committed to building a faculty that is inclusive and is representative of our community and, for this reason, we strongly encourage applicants who come from groups that are historically underrepresented in physics departments.

The successful candidate should demonstrate a strong previous research record and be ready to lead an independent research effort using cosmology to study fundamental physics. They should also be committed to teaching, facilitating learning, and acting as a mentor and advisor for research at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The department is particularly interested in candidates with a background and research program in survey cosmology who can build on and strengthen the department's existing efforts in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC), the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) program. Current strengths in the department include weak gravitational lensing and supernova cosmology. We would particularly value a cosmologist who could collaborate with those already here while at the same time broadening the scope of our program.

In addition to our cosmology effort, the Duke physics department has strong synergistic efforts in particle physics, nuclear astrophysics, and neutrino physics. Duke University particularly values interdisciplinary collaboration across the university, and opportunities exist to collaborate with colleagues from such departments as statistics and mathematics, along with the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI), and the Big Data Information Initiative at Duke.

The appointment is expected to begin on or after July 2019. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field, along with postdoctoral experience, and show a strong commitment to research and teaching. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and statements of research and teaching, and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation submitted through Academic Jobs Online at Applicants are also encouraged to describe in their cover letter how their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and service would contribute to a diverse and inclusive community. Questions regarding the application process and the position should be submitted to [email protected]. More information on the growing Duke cosmology group can be found at

Applications received by November 1st will be guaranteed consideration. Duke University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2018 Sep 08
Application Deadline
2018 Nov 01
Reference Code


Cosmology Search Committee