Assistant Professor, Astronomy Department

Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 23, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Position Details

The Astronomy Department at Wesleyan University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level, beginning July 1, 2021. We seek a colleague who will broaden the Department’s range of research expertise and/or techniques, teach effectively across the curriculum, interact well with other Department faculty, and embrace the Department’s commitment to increasing inclusion and diversity in astrophysics. The position is open to any area of specialization, and the successful candidate must demonstrate a willingness and ability to involve undergraduates in forefront research. The candidate will be expected to teach three courses per year. Additional duties include advising and mentoring undergraduate students and engaging in department and university-level service. In addition to an undergraduate major, the Department supports an M.A. program that has been successful in preparing students, particularly those with non-traditional backgrounds, for admission to Ph.D. programs in astronomy and planetary science.

Minimum Qualifications

A Ph.D. in Astronomy or a related field is required for the position.

Special Instructions To Applicants

You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are a (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) list of publications, (4) a statement of research experience and future plans. (5) an optional statement detailing teaching and/or mentoring experience. In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college’s commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to insure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).

After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of your referees whose email address you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that he or she submit a letter of reference for you.

Additional Information

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is December 15, 2020.

All inquiries about the position should be sent to

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Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Alison Williams, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion/ Title IX Officer, 860-685-3927,

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