Job no: 241623-FA
Faculty-Full Time, Onsite
Instructional, Research, Scientific
UW-Madison is seeking candidates with expertise in origins of life
and astrobiology, specifically in the areas of atmospheric
chemistry or geochemistry. The successful candidate will build an
impactful research program focusing on the formation/evolution of
planetary systems and planetary atmospheres. The research could
focus on early-Earth evolution or alien worlds but should have
relevance to astrobiology or origins of life. 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 (OoLALA; https://astrobio.wisc.edu/).
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 (this position); and 3) Observational atmospheric
spectroscopy (expected tenure home in the Department of Astronomy;
see PVL 241624). Given the nature of this position, the Departments
of Chemistry (College of Letters & Sciences), Geosciences
(College of Letters & Sciences), Astronomy (College of Letters
& Sciences), or Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (College of
Letters & Sciences) are the likely tenure homes, 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 are committed to building an equitable and inclusive
educational environment, and who can bring new perspectives on
recruiting, mentoring, and educating students from diverse
The person hired will also 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
city of Madison provides a vibrant, culturally rich environment
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The UW-Madison College of Letters and Sciences and the Office of
the Vice Chancellor for Graduate Research and Education are all
committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces
diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are
foundational elements of our excellence, and fundamental components
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.
The rank will be determined based on the successful candidate's
experience. For suitably qualified and experienced candidates,
appointments with tenure will be considered. The position 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 planetary astrochemistry or a closely
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 Chemistry, Geoscience, Atmospheric
Science, Planetary Science, or a related field at the time of
Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:
Demonstrated experience, or combined education and experience, in
conducting research related to planetary astrochemistry,
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.
The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring
eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the
effective date of the appointment.
A481100-COL OF LETTERS & SCIENCE/ASTRONOMY/ASTRON
Full Time: 100%
This position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a
designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Anticipated Begin Date:
AUGUST 22, 2022
ACADEMIC (9 months)
Instructions to Applicants:
Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( http://jobs.wisc.edu
) under job number
241623. Applications must be received through UW- Madison's online
application system. Applications submitted outside of this system
will not be considered.
Click the "" button to start the application process.
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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