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The Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida invites applications for two full-time, nine-month, tenure-track faculty positions at the level of Assistant Professor to begin on August 16, 2019. We invite applications from observers, theorists, and instrumentalists. We are conducting two parallel searches. The first search focuses on the area of star formation in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies, including −but not limited to− molecular cloud physics, interstellar medium, young stellar objects, and circumstellar disks. The second search focuses on the areas of stars and stellar systems, including −but not limited to− the solar system, stellar physics, multiple star systems, stellar populations, extrasolar planets (e.g., detection, characterization or demographics). The Department of Astronomy is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at the University of Florida.

These searches are part of a continuing effort by the University of Florida to expand in the area of Astronomy and Astrophysics and follow three tenure-track faculty hires in the Department of Astronomy and two astrophysics-related tenure-track faculty hires in the Department of Physics last year. The University of Florida has access to several world-class research facilities and telescopes. In addition, the university is home to HiPerGator, the third most powerful computer at a US public university. We welcome applicants who can benefit from access to these resources while developing high impact research programs using other major observational national and international astronomical facilities, and publicly-available large datasets. The Department of Astronomy has built numerous state-of-the-art instruments for some of the best observatories on Earth, and is currently involved in several major international projects, including the Illustris collaboration and the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument.

Information about the Department of Astronomy can be found at

Candidates should already have a strong established research program that complements ongoing research in the Department of Astronomy, a compelling plan for future research, and the ability to supervise both graduate and undergraduate research projects. A Ph.D. degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, or a closely related field is required. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package. Applications must be submitted online. Candidates may be considered for both positions through the submission of two independent applications.

The link to each position is and

All applications must include:

(1) a cover letter,

(2) a complete curriculum vitae,

(3) a list of publications,

(4) a research statement summarizing the applicant’s qualifications, past research, and future research plans,

(5) a statement of teaching experience and interest, and

(6) three confidential letters of recommendation.

For full consideration, applications should be submitted by November 11, 2018, at which time the committee will begin reviewing applications. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee until the two positions are filled.

The successful candidates will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The Department of Astronomy is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Questions may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Professor Rafael Guzmán (

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