Assistant Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas (KU) seeks outstanding applicants for an Assistant Professorship in the area of Astronomy and Astrophysics (tenure track position) expected to begin as early as August 18, 2019. We are interested in individuals with a computational, theoretical, or observational background who work in the broad realm of extragalactic or galactic astrophysics, although all qualified applicants will be considered. Some preference will be given to applicants who will have synergy with the research interests of KU faculty members. These interests include observational extragalactic astronomy and theoretical high energy astrophysics.

The qualifying candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics or a closely related field by the time of appointment as well as at least six (6) months of postdoctoral experience in astronomy, astrophysics, or physics. A strong record of research and demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching are required. A successful applicant will be expected to conduct an active research program and teach astronomy and astrophysics classes at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Our department and university are dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment. Individuals who are committed to furthering these causes are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in Physics and Astronomy. This includes, but is not limited to, women, racial and ethnic underrepresented minorities, and LGBTQIA individuals as well as those residing at the intersection of these axes.

Lawrence, KS is an excellent place to live. It is an affordable and progressive city with a lively arts and music scene, excellent schools, high quality restaurants, economical living, and a diverse cultural mix. It has often been called the “Austin of Kansas.” It is also less than an hour drive from Kansas City.

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to: A complete online application includes the following materials: cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, and the names and contact information for three professional references. The candidate should also arrange for the three reference letters to be sent to kuastrosearch[AT] For additional information about the position, please contact: Professors Gregory Rudnick and Mikhail Medvedev, Search Committee co-Chairs, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Kansas, kuastrosearch[AT] The application deadline is November 10, 2018. All application materials should be received by this date for proper consideration.

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Summer school on relativistic accretion, Bremen, Germany

The Research Training Group (RTG) „Models of Gravity“ organises a summer school on relativistic accretion in September, 26-30, at the University of Bremen, Germany. The full title of the summer school is “Relativistic accretion: theoretical models and their application to observations”, the main foci of the school are the analytical models, current state of observational data from accretion discs around astrophysical black holes and Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), and the application of the theoretical models for determination of the properties of astrophysical compact objects from observations.

Confirmed Speakers:

Marek A. Abramowicz, N. Copernicus Astronomical Center, Warsaw, Poland.
Wolfgang J. Duschl, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet, Kiel, Germany.
Vladimir Karas, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
Odele Straub, LUTH, Observatoire de Paris, France

The registration deadline is on August 29. More info can be found by clicking on the “external link” above.