Job no: 241624-FA
Instructional, Research, Scientific
UW-Madison is seeking candidates with expertise in planetary
atmospheres, origins of life and astrobiology, specifically in the
areas of observational exoplanet spectroscopy. The successful
candidate will build a research program focusing on observational
spectroscopy and remote-sensing of exoplanetary atmospheres and
biosignatures, taking advantage of the upcoming James Webb Space
Telescope and future ground-based and space-based spectrographs.
This position is part of a campus-wide cluster hiring initiative
that aims to further build the vibrant community of scholars
interested in Origins of Life, Artificial Life, and Astrobiology
Further information regarding the cluster initiative program can be
found at: https://facstaff.provost.wisc.edu/cluster-hiring-initiative/.
The three recruitments within the Cluster are as follows: 1)
Molecular astrobiology (position already filled); 2) Planetary
astrochemistry (expected tenure home in the Department of
Chemistry, the Department of Geosciences, Department of Astronomy,
or the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences; see PVL
241623); and 3) Observational exoplanet spectroscopy (this
position). Given the nature of this position, the Department of
Astronomy in the College of Letters & Sciences is the likely
tenure home, though placement will be agreed upon by the University
and candidate based on scholarly fit.
The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the
research, teaching, and service mission of their tenure department.
They will develop a vibrant, internationally recognized and
externally funded research program. They will teach courses at the
undergraduate and graduate levels as well as mentor students. They
will be expected to participate in professional, public and
university service as appropriate. We are also interested in
candidates who can contribute to an equitable and inclusive
environment, and who can bring new perspectives on recruiting,
mentoring, and educating students from diverse backgrounds.
In addition, the person hired will actively contribute to the
cluster through research, teaching, and interaction with the OoLALA
community and the Wisconsin Center for Origins Research (WiCOR),
which is a new interdisciplinary research initiative being launched
by the UW-Madison Astronomy Department.
UW-Madison is a world-class academic institution ranking among the
top institutions in the nation in science and engineering
expenditures, with a research portfolio of over $1 billion. The
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The UW-Madison College of Letters and Sciences and the Office of
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committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces
diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are
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of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for
all students, faculty and staff. We insist that all new hires
embrace the importance of equity and diversity in the
The position is a full-time academic tenure-track faculty position.
It carries a commitment to the three important functions of
instruction, research, and outreach, as well as professional and
university service as appropriate to faculty rank.
1) Carry out a vigorous, collaborative, externally funded research
program at the forefront of observational exoplanet spectroscopy or
a closely related focus.
2) Teach undergraduate, graduate, or professional students
consistent with the tenure home department's teaching mission and
portfolio. Provide support for education within graduate
3) Contribute and participate in professional, university, and
community service appropriate to rank.
4) Contribute to programs aimed at increasing diversity, equity,
and inclusion within the department, college, and university.
Promote an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and
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Degree and Area of Specialization:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Planetary Science, or a
related field at the time of appointment.
Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:
Demonstrated experience, or combined education and experience, in
conducting research related to observational exoplanet
spectroscopy, astrobiology, and origins of life.
A record of peer-reviewed research publication in journals
appropriate to the candidate's field.
One or more years of experience, or combined education and
experience, in teaching at undergraduate or graduate levels in the
environment or a related field.
UW-Madison is seeking a diverse set of faculty candidates who will
deepen our campus' interdisciplinary research strength in key areas
of current and future research promise, as well as faculty
candidates who will approach their work in a manner that advances
our commitment to research excellence.
A481100-COL OF LETTERS & SCIENCE/ASTRONOMY/ASTRON
Full Time: 100%
Appointment Type, Duration:
Anticipated Begin Date:
AUGUST 22, 2022
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241623. Applications must be received through UW- Madison's online
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Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, the
names and contact information of three references, and a document
containing a set of three statements discussing 1) research, 2)
teaching, and 3) contributions to diversity and inclusion,
respectively. These materials must be submitted as one document
online at: http://jobs.wisc.edu
To ensure full consideration, application packets must be received
by November 1, 2021. However, the position will remain open until
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