Assistant Professor in Astronomy

University of Texas Austin Department of Astronomy

United States


The Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level to begin in September 2022. We welcome applications from candidates in all fields of astronomy and we are open to observers, theorists, and instrumentalists. The search will be at a junior tenure-track level, but outstanding candidates at more senior ranks may be considered.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Astronomy or Physics. The primary selection criteria will be excellence and leadership in astrophysics research, as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. We particularly seek candidates who will lead transformational science with next-generation observational and computational facilities, and creatively utilize the resources of the Astronomy Department and McDonald Observatory. Candidates who are currently making or will potentially make outstanding contributions to the diversification of their scholarly fields and/or institutions of higher education are especially encouraged to apply. The College is interested in and values candidates who have experience working with diverse and underserved populations, and have demonstrated a commitment to improving the diversity, equity and inclusivity of their academic communities.

Information on departmental resources and research programs can be found at:

  • UT Austin is a major founding partner in the consortium for the next-generation Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT:
  • UT faculty members have access to McDonald Observatory, which hosts the upgraded 10-m Hobby-Eberly Telescope, 2.7-m, 2.1-m, and 0.8-m telescopes, and cutting-edge instrumentation, such as the VIRUS integral field spectrograph and the Habitable Zone Planet Finder Spectrograph (HPF). The department provides vibrant collaborative opportunities on large astronomical surveys, including the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX). Through its role as a node host, UT also has access to the Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) network.
  • Computational resources include the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC:, which designs and operates some of the world's most powerful computing resources, and is known for its leadership in High Performance Computing, Visualization, Big Data Analytics, and Machine Learning.
  • Our Astronomy program benefits from the strong support of over 200 members of the McDonald Observatory and Department of Astronomy Board of Visitors.

Application Instructions

Application materials must be submitted electronically at Submissions should include: a cover letter, a description of research accomplishments and current and future research plans (limited to 6 pages), a statement of teaching experience, goals, and philosophy, a Curriculum Vitae, a list of publications, and a statement of the candidate’s previous efforts and future plans to engage in activities that would enhance campus diversity and equity efforts. Candidates are also required to request three letters of recommendation using the application website, which will email the references with instructions to directly upload their letters of recommendation.

Complete applications received by December 6, 2021 will be assured of full consideration.

For further information about the position, please contact the search committee at or the Department Chair, Professor Volker Bromm (

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