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University of Utah Assistant Professor in Salt Lake City, Utah

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Department 00127 - Physics and Astronomy

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 07/01/2021


The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah invites applications from outstanding candidates for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in astronomy & astrophysics. We are especially interested in candidates with experience in computational applications to research problems, e.g., for large datasets/surveys, numerical simulations, etc. We seek candidates who also show promise as effective educators and mentors, and who will contribute positively to a diverse and inclusive environment within the department and at the University of Utah. The expected start date is August 2021.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field. The successful applicant will be expected to establish an active research program involving undergraduate and Ph.D. students, to teach two courses per year, and to take an active role in advancing the mission of the Department of Physics & Astronomy. The new faculty member will complement the Department’s current “Astro Group Faculty” (as listed on in galaxy formation and evolution; Galactic archaeology and chemodynamics; planet formation; galaxy clusters; theoretical gravitational dynamics; and observational cosmology.

Application review will begin on November 30, 2020, and will proceed until the position is filled. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, at least three letters of recommendation, and a dedicated statement for each: research interests and plans; teaching and mentoring philosophy; and commitment and contributions to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion. Applications should be submitted using this link:

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Upload the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement as “Applicant Document – Other” in list of required documents.

Open Date 10/05/2020

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00599CF

Type Faculty

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