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Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor
Salary range: A reasonable salary range estimate for this position is $74,600-$97,200. The posted UC Academic salary scales set the minimum pay as determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table for the salary scale for this position https :// . The base salary range from the salary table for this position is $74,600 - $97,200. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience. Additional UCSD salary information can be found here:

Application Window

Open date: August 11, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Nov 10, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The newly-established Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (A&A) within the School of Physical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego is committed to academic excellence, diversity, and inclusion within the faculty, staff and student body. The department invites applications for multiple tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor. Candidates in all fields of Astronomy and Astrophysics - theoretical, observational, and experimental - are encouraged to apply to join a vibrant and supportive department committed to excellence in research, teaching, and service. Our department provides access to cutting-edge astronomical facilities and state-of-the-art research laboratories, including access and contributions to the Lick Observatory, W. M. Keck Observatory, and San Diego Supercomputer Center. We seek outstanding scientists with innovation and leadership in research, a commitment to teaching excellence and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and share our departmental core values see:

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, or related fields.
Evidence of and/or demonstrated ability of scholarly impact and research productivity.
Evidence of and/or demonstrated ability to teach and advise students.
Evidence of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

A successful candidate should have a well-articulated plan of contributing to programs that increase the access and success of underrepresented students and faculty in the sciences. We especially welcome candidates who have already participated in, contributed to, or created such programs, can articulate how this experience helped shape their plan, and who have a commitment to helping shape and expand the University’s diversity initiatives ( Applications should include a statement describing contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion see:(

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. with list of publications.

  • Statement of Research - 5 pages or less.

  • Statement of Teaching - 3 pages or less.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Covid-19 Impact Statement - We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a substantial impact on academic productivity. In our academic hiring processes, we will be keeping this in mind as we consider faculty achievement relative to opportunity. We encourage you to reflect on constraints on opportunity in your field that were caused by the events of the pandemic and where applicable, to discuss your achievements in this light.

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 letters of reference required
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Job location

La Jolla