Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Planetary Science

Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Physics
City: Orlando
State/Province: FL
Country: US
Contact Person: Dan Britt
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Central Florida
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The Department of Physics ( at the University of Central Florida invites applications for two full-time, 9-month, faculty positions at the rank of assistant professor (tenure earning) or associate professor (tenured), anticipated to begin in August 2024. We seek candidates whose experience and plans emphasize fundamental research in the fields of space resources, planetary and remote-sensing instrumentation, analysis and modeling of mission datasets, planetary surface processes, and SmallSat mission development. We are especially interested in candidates that have skills and research expertise to successfully propose for flight hardware projects, including commercial missions, as well as flight instruments, mission science teams, and mission leadership. Successful candidates are expected to establish vigorous, externally funded, creative research programs and have a strong commitment to excellence in graduate and undergraduate education.

UCF is a leading, metropolitan, research-intensive university with over 68,000 students. The Department of Physics has 54 faculty, offers B.S., B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, and has modern well-designed laboratories. UCF provides competitive startup funds and research-active faculty teach one course per semester. We offer support for expectant mothers, paid parental leave for both parents, on-site pre-school, and professional development and leadership training for all faculty at all career stages. Hiring and promotion are based solely on merit.

Minimum Qualifications:Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics, planetary sciences, or a closely related discipline from an accredited institution at time of application and a substantial record of independent research. To be eligible for appointment as a tenured associate professor upon hire, the selected candidate must have a demonstrated record of teaching, research, and service commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of associate professor.

Preferred Qualifications:  Flight mission experience.  Experience in developing laboratory or spacecraft instrumentation. Experience teaching physics or astronomy at the college or university level. 

Additional Application Materials Required:  UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload: (1) a cover letter; (2) a current curriculum vita (CV); (3) a research statement; (4) a teaching statement; and (5) the names and contact information for three (3) professional references. The online application is here.

The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.

Review of applications will begin on January 16, 2024, and continue until the positions are filled.

Questions regarding this search can be directed via email to Professor Daniel Britt, search committee chair, at [email protected].