The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, invites applications for potentially three faculty positions to begin August 2020. The new faculty members will be expected to provide excellent teaching and research mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Successful applicants will be also expected to develop externally-funded research programs of significance. We anticipate hiring at least one candidate in the area of observational astronomy, but those in other areas of astronomy and astrophysics are also encouraged to apply.
The BYU Department of Physics and Astronomy operates a number of telescope facilities. The West Mountain Observatory operates three telescopes ranging from 0.32-m to 0.92-m atop a 6,850 ft mountain with reasonably dark skies. The campus observatory is made up of six robotic telescopes ranging from 0.13-m to 0.6-m. Our ROVOR facility contains an 0.5-m robotic/remote telescope. In addition, we have a significant number of nodes on the campus supercomputer which can be used for computational efforts. Finally, we operate a 119 seat planetarium that is used for education and outreach.
Interested candidates should complete an online faculty application at yjobs.byu.edu (posting 84092 under Faculty Positions) with current CV, a cover letter outlining teaching and research experience and aspirations, and also the name and contacts of three people willing to provide letters of recommendations. Applications must be received by October 15. For additional information, contact the chair of the faculty search committee at [email protected]. BYU, an equal opportunity employer, requires all faculty members to observe the university’s honor code and dress and grooming standards. Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Contact Darin Ragozzine for questions about how planetary scientists could work well in the Department of Physics & Astronomy.