Assistant Professor, Astrophysics, College of Arts and Sciences

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About the Department

The University of Cincinnati is an urban, R1 public institution with an enrollment of >50,000 students located in the middle of the city. Cincinnati is a growing, lively, walkable, and affordable city. It is also home to Cincinnati Observatory, the first public observatory in the United States, as well as a flourishing arts, music, and festival scene, and dozens of museums.


The Department of Physics supports thriving undergraduate and graduate programs. Areas of active research include astrophysics, high energy physics, condensed matter physics, and physics education research. We are committed to supporting inclusive education and fostering a welcoming environment. We participate in the American Physical Society (APS) Bridge Program, as well as the APS Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Alliance (IDEA) network.

Job Overview

The Department of Physics invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. The department aims to bring in a new faculty member to complement existing strengths in observational astrophysics and cosmology. The selected candidate will be expected to establish a robust, funded research program that incorporates both undergraduate and graduate student researchers, be an effective teacher for both undergraduate and graduate courses, and contribute positively to an inclusive department culture. The ideal starting date for this position is August 2024.

Essential Functions

  •  Establishing a research program that includes undergraduate and graduate students and seeking external funding to support this program.
  •  Teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels including, but not limited to, general education courses in solar system or stellar astronomy, upper division undergraduate courses in stellar physics and cosmology, and graduate-level seminars on specialized topics.
  •  Service on committees to support the mission of the department, college, and/or university, such as the physics department workload or graduate admissions committees.

Minimum Requirements

Prior to effective date of appointment, the candidate must have a PhD in Astronomy, Physics, or a closely related field.

Application Process

Please complete an online application and submit

  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of current and future research plans
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • A separate one-page statement addressing how the candidate’s past or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance UC’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence
  • Applicants should provide the names and contact information of three people who will be able to provide reference letters when contacted by the search committee.


Please use the ‘Additional Documents’ option as needed for these documents.  Applications will not be considered without these items.


For additional information, contact the search committee chair, Prof. Colin Bischoff, at Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


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The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 94469


Assistant Professor, Astrophysics, College of Arts and Sciences

Date:  Nov 29, 2023

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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