Assistant Professor

Job Summary

Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty Positions
Arizona State University
School of Earth and Space Exploration
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Job Description

Assistant Professor JOB #12560

School of Earth and Space Exploration

Arizona State University

The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in astrophysics at the assistant professor level. Anticipated start date is August 2019. We seek applications from observers and theorists working in any astrophysics-related discipline. We are especially interested in candidates working on the formation of structure and/or evolution of stars and galaxies during the era of cosmic dawn and reionization, or physics of the Universe, or on the deep characterization of exoplanets, exoplanetary atmospheres, and habitability, but all candidates are encouraged to apply.

The essential duties of the position will be to conduct research in astrophysics, publish in appropriate high-quality journals, provide quality teaching and mentoring in our undergraduate and graduate programs, and participate in appropriate professional service.

Established in 2006, SESE is the focal point of Earth and space science at Arizona State University, one of the most dynamic and fastest growing institutions of higher learning in the United States. An essential part of SESE's mission is to make new discoveries by promoting interdisciplinary science and by integrating science and engineering. SESE faculty and their research groups benefit from a variety of state-of-the-art facilities including high performance computing, access to the 2x8.4m Large Binocular Telescope, 6.5m MMT telescope, 6.5m Magellan telescopes and a host of 2m-class telescopes owned and operated by the State of Arizona. ASU is also a founding member in the Giant Magellan Telescope. Additional resources are available, and we encourage broad, transdisciplinary collaborations between SESE astronomers, planetary scientists, Earth scientists, and engineers


Minimum qualifications include: (1) a Ph.D. or equivalent in astronomy or astrophysics, planetary science, or related discipline; (2) a strong research record in astrophysics established through publications in international peer-reviewed journals; and (3) a commitment to quality teaching and mentorship at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Desired qualifications include a demonstrated track record or strong potential for: (1) conducting externally funded research; (2) teaching existing SESE astronomy courses and mentoring SESE undergraduate and graduate students; (3) working with underserved students or communities; (4) leading and participating in collaborative research efforts; and (5) using cutting edge techniques in spectroscopy, the time domain, data science, or other relevant analysis methods for astrophysics.

SESE brings together Earth and space science into one school, breaking traditional disciplinary boundaries to investigate the biggest questions. SESE combines the strengths of science, engineering, and education, to set the stage for a new era of exploration. See for more information, and

To apply, please submit: 1) a cover letter not more than 3 pages long that includes a description of the applicant's research and teaching interests and experience; 2) a current CV; and 3) the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references. All materials should be submitted in PDF format to [email protected].

Reference Job #12560 in all correspondence.

The application deadline is December 1, 2018; if not filled, reviews will continue weekly until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by the law.


Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Notes

Commensurate with experience and rank

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2018 Oct 02
Application Deadline
2018 Dec 01
Reference Code
Job #12560