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Tenure-Track Position in Astrophysical and/or Small Satellite Mission Development and Implementation

The Department of Astronomy would like to fill a tenure-track faculty position in the area of astrophysical and/or planetary small satellite (e.g. CubeSat) mission development and implementation. (For information, please email Elsie Gericke at egericke@email.arizona.edu. For information of a more scientific nature, please email Dr. Chris Walker at cwalker@as.arizona.edu.)

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona is seeking outstanding applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant, associate, or senior level. The applicant should have experience and/or an interest in utilizing the potential of small satellites (e.g. CubeSats) in addressing compelling questions in the areas of astrophysics, heliophysics, and/or planetary exploration. Recent advances in small satellite technology have made them a viable, powerful platform from which a large variety of investigations can be conducted at relatively low cost and risk. Small Satellites also offer unique opportunities for graduate and undergraduate education. In recognition of this, the University of Arizona is launching a multidisciplinary small satellite initiative with the goal of designing, building, and operating future small satellite missions. A payload integration facility incorporating laboratories, a high bay, and mission operations center is planned for the near future. The University of Arizona hosts a world-class program in ground, balloon-borne, space-based instrumentation, planetary exploration, and operates a variety of radio, infrared, and optical telescopes from which complementary observational programs can be conducted. The candidate is expected to support and be in engaged in the Inclusive Excellence initiatives from the College of Science.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties and Responsibilities: This position is expected to maintain an active research program, to participate fully and with distinction in both undergraduate and graduate education, and to carry out their share of advising duties and committee assignments. Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum  Qualifications: Professor: Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, planetary science or related fields and 5 years of experience and a proven record of research and funding support.

Associate Professor: Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, planetary science or related fields and 3 years of experience and a proven record of research and funding support.

Assistant Professor: Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, planetary science or related fields.

Assistant Professor Tenure-Eligible (TE).

Preferred Qualifications: The applicant should have experience and/or an interest in utilizing the potential of small satellites (e.g. CubeSats) in addressing compelling questions in the areas of astrophysics, heliophysics, and/or planetary exploration.

Other information: As you complete your application via UACareers, be sure to submit the following:

Upload required supporting documents in a single PDF file under the CV slot: Cover letter, CV, list of publications, statement describing current and proposed research. Please limit research statement to 5 pages.

Please provide the names and email addresses for at least three references within your application. Upon submitting your application, your references will receive an automated email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

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