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Assistant Professor in Observational Astronomy
University of Kentucky

Date Posted Oct. 18, 2022
Title Assistant Professor in Observational Astronomy
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Department 8E100:Physics And Astronomy
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Physics - General
    Astronomy and Astrophysics
The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington, Kentucky ( is seeking candidates for a tenure-eligible faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. This is a 9-month position in the regular title series with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2023. We seek candidates in observational astronomy, working in any subfield.

Our existing programs include observational high-energy astrophysics, galactic dynamics and evolution, stellar pulsations, and spectroscopy of non-equilibrium plasmas such as quasar emission lines. In addition, there is research into the nature of dark matter, neutron stars, and active galactic nuclei. UK is the home of the Cloudy project, an open-source spectral simulation code.

All candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field.
Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education and be qualified to teach a broad range of courses in Astronomy. Tenure-eligible faculty are expected to build a strong research program in their chosen area with potential to attract external funding.

Lexington is in the heart of the scenic Bluegrass Region, with many outdoor recreation opportunities and excellent public and private schools. Our campus has undergone a building transformation in the last ten years, with capital investment in excess of $2.4 billion. Infrastructure investments have also revitalized Lexington, and it is an exceptionally livable city.
In order to be considered a candidate, applicants will need to complete each of the following two steps:

1. Submit the requested application materials to Academic Jobs Online. These materials should include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae (including publication list), (3) a research statement with emphasis on future research goals, including involvement of graduate student and postdocs as well as potential funding opportunities, (4) a teaching and mentoring statement with emphasis on teaching interests and goals as well as plans for undergraduate student research engagement and outreach, (5) three letters of recommendation, and (6) a statement on inclusivity (As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In one to two pages, applicants should reflect on their commitments, approaches, and insights related to inclusion, diversity, and equity.). All application materials must be submitted online at

2. Complete an application within the University of Kentucky employment system.
Review of applications will start by Dec 1, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Questions about this search should be addressed to Ms. Suann Reese, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Kentucky (

The University of Kentucky considers the health, safety and well-being of our entire community to be a top priority. In alignment with this priority, all new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment. For areas that fall under the federal CMS mandate, start of employment cannot occur until two weeks after receiving the full COVID-19 vaccination series or upon obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization can be accepted.

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