Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor of Physics & Astronomy | University of Utah Department of Physics and Astronomy


Posted: 03-Oct-22

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Required Education: Doctorate


Astronomy and Space Science

Physics: Astrophysics

Physics: Particle



Work Function:

Faculty 4-Year College/University

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As part of a new initiative to expand in multi-messenger astrophysics, the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah invites applications from outstanding candidates for several tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor. More senior candidates will also be considered. We encourage applications from scientists engaged in research in any area of multi-messenger astrophysics. We are especially interested in, but not limited to, candidates with expertise in data analysis that combine information from multiple astrophysical messengers. We encourage candidates with expertise in experimental techniques in particle astrophysics or in analysis using a combination of neutrinos, high-energy particles, photons, and gravitational waves.

Candidates should show promise as effective educators and mentors, and contribute positively to a diverse and inclusive environment within the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the University of Utah. The expected start date is August 2023.

The University of Utah’s Department of Physics & Astronomy is committed to pursuing key science questions within an inclusive academic community; to training and diversifying the next generation of researchers, educators, and technology workforce leaders; and to inspiring an appreciation for knowledge in students and the wider community. Utah is home to eight federally recognized Native American Tribes and the University has articulated its statement of Indigenous Land Acknowledgement.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Physics/Astronomy or a closely related field, a demonstrated record of accomplishment and innovation, and dedication to teaching and mentoring.

For full consideration, complete applications must be received by November 15, 2022.

Applications must include a cover letter summarizing the applicant’s interest in the position; curriculum vitae; a statement of research interests and plans; a statement of teaching philosophy; and at least three letters of recommendation.

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

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.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)
135 Park Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
[email protected]

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To inquire about this posting, email: [email protected] or call 801-581-2300.

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.

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About University of Utah Department of Physics and Astronomy

This is an exciting time in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. The University is experiencing enrollment increases, resulting in a more diverse student body. Funding for a new building has been allocated and architectural planning is underway. The Center for Science and Math Education ( leads several student success efforts, including college-wide learning assistant and internship programs and a comprehensive partnership with Salt Lake Community College, the University’s main transfer partner. Recent admission into the Association of American Universities (AAU) solidifies the University’s status as a top-tier research-intensive institution with a strong focus on equitable education for all students.

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