Astronomy / Astrophysics Faculty
University of Utah, Department of Physics and Astronomy
United States

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah invites applications from outstanding candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in computational or statistical astrophysics. Those candidates who would benefit from the University of Utah’s participation in large surveys covering infrared to X-ray wavelengths are particularly encouraged. The successful candidate will have expertise in statistics, data mining, numerical simulations, or data management. The appointment may be made at the level of assistant, associate, or professor depending upon the qualifications of the successful applicant. The expected start date is July/August 2019.


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 furthering the University’s Astronomy and Astrophysics initiative. The faculty at the University of Utah actively participate in SDSS-IV/V, DESI, and NuSTAR. The new faculty member will complement the Department’s current astronomy and astrophysics research program in galaxy formation and evolution; Galactic archaeology and chemodynamics; planet formation; galaxy clusters; theoretical gravitational dynamics; and observational cosmology.


The deadline for receipt of application materials is December 1, 2018. Early applications are encouraged as completed applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis. However, applications may be considered after the deadline until the position is filled. Applications, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and plans, a statement of teaching philosophy, and at least three letters of recommendation, 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         

For changes or edits to your application prior to the advertised deadline, please contact for assistance.


Open Date          08/01/2018

Close Date         

Open Until Filled              Yes

Requisition Number       PRN00278CF

Type      Faculty

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).


Do you have a PhD in Astronomy, Physics or a related field?



Do you have Postdoctoral research experience in Astronomy, Physics, or a related field?



Applicant Documents

Required Documents

Cover Letter

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Statement

Research Statement

Optional Documents

Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169

Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission


Teaching Evaluations

Example of Research 1

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