Assistant Professor in Astronomy/Astrophysics

Job Summary

Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty Positions
Wayne State University
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Wayne State University seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Astronomy/Astrophysics. Candidates from all areas of astronomy and astrophysics are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will help grow our efforts in astronomy research and teaching. They will therefore be able to maintain an active, productive, externally funded research program. Candidates should also be committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student body at both undergraduate and graduate levels. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree is required, and postdoctoral experience is important. The appointment is expected to start in August 2023.

Our department consists of 27 faculty members with vibrant research programs across physics. Wayne State’s Dan Zowada Memorial Observatory, a 20-inch robotic telescope located in New Mexico, is available to all department members for research, teaching and outreach. The recently upgraded Wayne State Planetarium has an active series of public shows.

Applications should be submitted electronically through WSU’s Online Hiring System for posting 046835 at the following link:

Applicants should submit materials as a single combined pdf.  The single pdf can be uploaded to any of the categories. The file should contain: a cover letter, CV, publication list, research statement, statement of teaching philosophy, and a diversity and inclusion statement. The diversity and inclusion statement should describe past and/or planned contributions to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in student learning, research, and/or outreach. In addition, the applicant should provide names and contact information for three people who can provide letters of reference on request.

Review of applications will begin Nov 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Informal inquiries are welcome and should be sent to Prof. Ed Cackett at [email protected].

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. WSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

The Wayne State University (WSU) benefit programs you receive while you are a member of our staff are administered by the Total Rewards department. In general, you are eligible for medical, dental, vision and other benefits if you are in a benefits-eligible E-class and your appointment is 50% or greater. Find out more about benefits at:

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2022 Oct 12
Application Deadline
2022 Nov 15


Prof. Ed Cackett, Department Chair