Assistant Professor in Astrophysics


The Department of Physics at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank, to start August 23, 2024. Candidates from all areas of astrophysics and cosmology are encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to have a PhD in astrophysics or a closely-related field and to have established an independent program of research that they will expand at UConn. The successful applicant will demonstrate a strong commitment to effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, promoting an inclusive community in astrophysics, and broadening participation in astrophysics among members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

UConn is committed to a strong astrophysics program, with a vibrant and collegial atmosphere that currently has 4 astrophysics faculty, plus 3 postdocs and 20 graduate students. Current UConn astrophysics faculty are engaged in experiments and collaborations with HST, JWST, ALMA, SDSS, Rubin/LSST, Subaru/PFS, and other world-class facilities with a range of observational and theoretical research on star formation, galaxy formation and evolution, supermassive black holes, and cosmology.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


PhD in astrophysics or a closely-related field, establishment of successful research and scholarship, commitment to promoting an inclusive community.


Outstanding record of leadership in research and scholarship; commitment to effective teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels; the ability to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2024. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (including list of publications)
  • A description of past and planned research (4 pages maximum)
  • Teaching statement (1-2 pages)
  • Commitment to diversity statement (1-2 pages)
  • At least three letters of reference (submitted directly by recommenders to the application portal)

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

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