Faculty position in Astrophysics or Gravitational Physics, Dallas, TX, USA

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Deadline:  2022-12-01

Location:  Richardson, TX, USA

Position Description
The Department of Physics in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in astrophysics, cosmology, or gravitational physics. We will consider both candidates at the Assistant Professor level and senior candidates seeking tenured positions. Our current faculty work is in a variety of areas including cosmology, large-scale structure, gravitational lensing, galaxy cluster formation and evolution, gravitational-wave astrophysics, compact objects, binary black holes, stellar tidal disruption by supermassive black holes, detection and characterization of extrasolar planets, and tidal effects in star-planet and binary star systems.

We are interested in candidates that will either expand and complement our expertise or open up new areas of research. We have involvements with the Legacy Survey Telescope of Space and Time (LSST) and its Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC), and the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI). The primary selection criteria will be excellence in research, as well as a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and student mentoring.

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent in Astronomy or Physics and demonstrate their commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and service, which includes a strong commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. All candidates are expected to work effectively in a highly collaborative, engaging, and dynamic environment comprised of individuals of diverse backgrounds, skills, and perspectives. The appointment will commence in fall 2023.

The Department/Program/School
The Department of Physics occupies UT Dallas’ new, ~190K square foot Sciences Building in the heart of the campus. The university has multiple state-of-the-art core facilities, including a research cleanroom (research.utdallas.edu/cleanroom) and direct access to The Texas Advanced Computing Center (www.tacc.utexas.edu). The Physics department engages in cutting-edge research while delivering extraordinary educational value, offering degree plans at the undergraduate and graduate levels in areas of study relevant to today’s scientific and industrial challenges. The department presently has active research in the broad fields of atomic, molecular and optical physics, astrophysics and cosmology, space sciences, condensed matter, quantum information science, and biophysics.

Application Instructions

Applicants should upload the following:
. cover letter summarizing their interests and their qualifications for the position
. a full curriculum vitae with a list of publications
. statement of teaching philosophy describing (at a minimum) their conceptualizations of teaching and learning, teaching and assessment methods, and how their teaching philosophy and practices foster (or will foster) equitable and inclusive learning environments;
. statement of research interests describing (at a minimum) past, present, and future research and how they have fostered (or will foster) equitable and inclusive research environments;
. statement including past and/or anticipated future efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion; and
. full contact information for at least three academic or professional references.

Reviews will commence as completed applications are received and will continue until the position is filled. Priority will be given to completed applications received by December 1, 2022. Questions can be addressed to the search subcommittee members at astrosearch[AT]lists.utdallas.edu.

The University and Community
Rich with visual and performing arts venues, museum districts, professional and semi- professional athletics teams, botanical gardens, accessible trails and so much more, the Dallas- Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex has something for everyone to explore. UT Dallas partners with regional higher education institutions and school districts and with the Richardson Innovation Quarter (Richardson IQ), a major hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and educational activities.

UT Dallas is committed to graduating well-rounded members of the global community whose education has prepared them for rewarding lives and productive careers in a constantly changing world. A diversity of people, ideas and perspectives is crucial to our vision and mission. UT Dallas is a place where members of the community from all backgrounds are welcomed, treated fairly, and encouraged in their pursuit of excellence.

UT Dallas is consistently ranked among the “Best of the Best Colleges” for LGBTQ Inclusion by Campus Pride. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosts a variety of programs and initiatives to cultivate a culture of equity and belonging for all members of the campus community. “LilyPad” lactation facilities are located throughout campus. The University currently supports several Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that are communities of faculty and staff from various identities along with advocates and allies (e.g., Black Faculty and Staff Alliance, Universal Access ERG, Military and Veteran ERG).

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action
The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to providing an educational, living and working environment that is welcoming, respectful and inclusive of all members of the university community. The University prohibits unlawful discrimination against a person because of their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.

The University of Texas at Dallas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university.

Minimum Education and Experience
An earned graduate degree appropriate to the academic discipline and a record of productivity and professional achievement.

Preferred Education and Experience
PhD or equivalent in Astronomy or Physics

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Establish research record documented in publications and external support.
Undergraduate and Graduate student mentorship and instruction
Demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence
Prepare and teach undergraduate and/or graduate classes
Contribute assessment information and data as requested
Mentor and/or advise undergraduate and/or graduate students
Establish and/or continue an independent line of research
Continue to expand professional influence in the academic discipline through research and/or publication
Engage in service within the academic unit, the university, and the profession as appropriate based on teaching and research constraints

Important Message

1) All employees serve as a representative of the University and are expected to display respect, civility, professional courtesy, consideration of others and discretion in all interactions with members of the UT Dallas community and the general public.

2) UT Dallas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its programs and activities, including in admission and enrollment. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Director of Institutional Equity at InstitutionalEquity[AT]utdallas.edu or the Title IX Coordinator at TitleIXCoordinator[AT]utdallas.edu, or call 972-883-5331.