Assistant Professor in Time-Domain Astronomy

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Work type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Physical/Mathematical Sciences
Department:16060000 - LS-ASTRONOMY

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Job Description:

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida invites applications for a full-time, nine-month tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor to begin August 16, 2024. We particularly encourage applicants who have experience in time domain astrophysics, which can be at any wavelength or timescale, and can utilize resources available at the University of Florida (UF). Applicants with backgrounds in observational, experimental, theoretical, or computational astrophysics are welcome.

Candidates will be able to access UF's world-class research facilities and telescopes (, including the 10.4-m Gran Telescopio Canarias in Spain, the Dharma survey telescope in Arizona, and the MINERVA Australis exoplanet RV array. Faculty also carry out research using the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey V. UF is home to HiPerGator, one of the most powerful high-performance computers at a US public university ( We welcome applicants who can benefit from access to these resources while developing high-impact research programs using other major national and international observational astronomical facilities and publicly available large datasets.

Candidates should already have a strong established research program that complements ongoing research in the Department of Astronomy, a compelling plan for future research, and the ability to supervise both graduate and undergraduate research projects.

UF is the state’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive land grant university with an enrollment of over 50,000 students and was ranked 6th in the country among public universities (US News and World Report 2023 rankings), and 1st among public institutions in the Wall Street Journal 2023 survey. UF is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 150,000 residents in North-Central Florida, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and within a 2-hour drive to large metropolitan areas (Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville). The beautiful climate and extensive nearby parks and recreational areas afford year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and nature photography. UF’s large college sports programs, museums, and performing arts center support a range of activities and cultural events for residents to enjoy. Alachua County schools are highly rated and offer a variety of programs including magnet schools and an international baccalaureate program. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at Visit Gainesville.

Advertised Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package.

Employment Benefits include:

Health Insurance: UF participates in state- and university-sponsored benefits programs for individuals, families, and domestic partners, and offers voluntary insurance that includes vision, dental, long-term disability and more.

Retirement Options: Attractive options include Florida Retirement System Pension Plan, State University System Optional Retirement Program, Florida Retirement System Investment Plan, and Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan.

Leave: UF staff enjoy a generous paid leave plan as well as access to a sick-leave pool, parental leave, and leave payouts.

Minimum Requirements:

A Ph.D. degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, or a closely related field is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Post-Doctoral experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting.

A complete application includes (1) a cover letter summarizing the applicant's interest in, and suitability for the position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a list of publications; (4) a statement summarizing the applicant’s past, current, and future research programs and plans (5 page limit); (5) a statement of experience and/or interest in teaching and mentoring (3 page limit); (6) a statement describing the broader impacts of the applicant's professional activities (2 page limit). Broader impacts may include, for example, efforts to increase public engagement and literacy, develop a competitive STEM workforce, improve STEM education and other positive benefits for society; (7) the names and email addresses of three references must be provided. An email will be sent to your references, requesting them to upload their confidential letter to the submission packet.

Applications will be reviewed beginning December 5, 2023, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. Questions may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Professor Jaehan Bae (

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The Department of Astronomy is committed to promoting an environment that welcomes all abilities, classes, ethnicities/races, gender identities and expressions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

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