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Assistant Professor

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences (APS) Department at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is conducting a search for a new faculty member at the Assistant Professor rank.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The APS department is affiliated with several research centers and institutes (CASA, JILA, LASP) and offers ample resources for teaching and research, including access to observational, instrumental, and theoretical facilities. The University of Colorado is a member of the ARC 3.5 meter and ARCSAT 0.5 meter telescopes and maintains a 0.6-meter and two 0.5-meter telescopes at the on-campus Sommers-Bausch Observatory. CU Boulder is an institutional member of the SDSS IV and V Surveys and has institutional access to the Las Cumbres Observatory. Successful candidates would also have access to the CU Boulder facility for high-performance computing and world-class facilities for the development of spaceborne and ground-based hardware. The headquarters of the National Solar Observatory is located on the Boulder campus. The Fiske Planetarium on campus is a world class planetarium and educational facility. Successful candidates can expect to join a department that strives to value and support all members of our community with kindness. Additional information about faculty life and expectations in APS and at CU Boulder can be found at our website.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Key responsibilities include developing and conducting an innovative independent research program, a dedication to teaching in our undergraduate and graduate programs, and a commitment to supporting the diverse student populations in our department.

What You Should Know

  • We seek applications from candidates across all areas of Astrophysical and Planetary Science, including fields of strategic priority for APS, which are astronomical instrumentation, extragalactic astrophysics, cosmology, transient and multi-messenger astrophysics, and exoplanets.
  • As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check pilot program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check pilot program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary for this full-time position is $98,000 - $101,000 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Candidates for this position must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in astrophysics, planetary science, or a related field. (ABD at time of application is acceptable.)

What You Will Need

  • This position requires the ability to develop and conduct an innovative independent research program, a dedication to teaching in our undergraduate and graduate programs, and a commitment to supporting the diverse student populations in our department.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • The APS department recognizes that the effectiveness and creativity of a group is strengthened by contributions from a broad range of perspectives. As such, we particularly welcome candidates from groups that are historically underrepresented in these fields and/or have demonstrated leadership toward building an equitable and inclusive scholarly environment.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter (1 to 2 pages)
  3. List of Publications
  4. Research Statement that includes research related interests and goals (3 pages)
  5. Teaching Statement (2-3 pages)
  6. Diversity and Inclusion Statement (2 pages)
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references. We will request letters of recommendation immediately following your application.

Applications submitted by December 1, 2022 will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. 

Additional guidance for candidate can be found on our website.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email.  For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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