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Assistant Professor of Astronomy (#83815) Position Description

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The application collection portion of the recruitment for this position vacancy has concluded.

University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo, College of Arts and Sciences, tenure-track, general funds, full-time, nine-month appointment to begin approximately January 2017, pending position clearance and availability of funding.

The successful applicant will teach astronomy and physics courses at the college level, engage in research, and participate in service at UH. The successful applicant will be eligible to apply for preferential observing time with Mauna Kea Observatories (MKO). Our location near the `Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai╩╗i and seven MKO headquarters provides opportunities for close scientific and educational collaborations with scientists. The Department has a suite of small-aperture telescopes that are regularly used for lower- and upper-division laboratory courses. The Department is currently developing a professional 0.7-m observatory with imaging and spectroscopic capabilities for use in its undergraduate program.


The successful applicant will teach lower- and upper-level undergraduate courses (astronomy and physics lectures and/or laboratories, engage in astronomy /science-education research, and participate in community and University-wide service.

Minimum Qualifications

Doctoral-level degree at the time of appointment from an accredited university in astronomy, physics, or closely related field. Current publication record in astronomy, physics, or science-education related research. Teaching experience in astronomy or physics at the college level.

Desirable Qualifications

1) Current evidence of ability to perform independent research in observational astronomy and/or science education and involve undergraduate students; 2) Previous experience teaching laboratory courses in astronomy and/or physics; 3) Demonstrated experience with community outreach activities, especially with underrepresented minorities; 4) Experience in training future workforce, relevant to the context of our unique proximity to MKO, our diverse student population, and the mission of the Physics & Astronomy Department at UH Hilo; 5) Experience working in a multi-cultural environment with a diverse student, university, and community population, and a familiarity with the history and current events of astronomy in Hawai╩╗i; 6) Experience in developing astronomical instrumentation and/or with the operations of professional observatories; 7) Success in securing extramural grants.

Pay Range

Salary commensurate with training and experience.

Applications (How to Apply)

A complete application must include: a letter of application addressing the ability to perform stated duties and specifically explaining how minimum and desirable qualifications are met; a current curriculum vita; one-page statements on teaching and research; academic transcripts (copies are acceptable, however, official transcripts are required prior to employment); and names and contact information of three current professional references. All requested documents/information become the property of the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo. Failure to submit printed copies of all required documents shall deem an application to be incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Electronic submissions only. Please submit to:

Inquiries (General)

Dr. R. Pierre Martin, Chair, Astronomy Search Committee;

Please refer to position #83815 when making inquiries.

Application Deadline

June 30, 2016

Important Information

The official advertisement can be found at NEOGOV.

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