Assistant Professor in Astrophysics

Job Summary

Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty Positions
Missouri State University
Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science at Missouri State University seeks applications for a tenure-track position in astrophysics at the Assistant Professor level.  A Ph.D. in astrophysics, or a closely related field, is required. We seek an observational astronomer with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, research, and outreach.  Duties would include teaching undergraduate astronomy and physics courses; maintaining an externally funded research program, involving undergraduate students; and appropriate service, including participation in outreach and recruiting events.  Missouri State University maintains Baker Observatory which has 16 and 20 inch optical telescopes for research and/or student training. It is expected that the successful candidate would make use of Baker Observatory. The anticipated starting date is mid-August 2023.


Applications must be submitted on-line at  Review of applications will begin January 15, 2023 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. A complete application must include: cover letter outlining qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae, contact information for 3 references, a teaching statement which must include a statement describing efforts (past, present, or future) to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, and a research plan which should include a description of proposed research which includes a paragraph specifically stating how the candidate would make use of Baker Observatory (for research and/or student training and/or outreach) and potential funding sources. Direct questions to [email protected]


Missouri State University is a metropolitan university in Springfield, Missouri serving a unique combination of urban and rural environments with a statewide mission in public affairs. The department offers a B.S. degree in physics with options in: astronomy and astrophysics; career prep and teaching prep physics; and materials physics. We also offer M.Sc. degrees in Materials Science and Natural and Applied Science, which could include an astrophysics option. Employment will require a criminal background check at university expense. Missouri State University is an EO employer



Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
$0USD to $65,000USD
Included Benefits

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2022 Dec 05
Application Deadline
2023 Feb 15