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Astronomy & Astrophysics: Assistant Professor in Theoretical Astrophysics (Open Until Filled; Initial Review 12/01/14)

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The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a position in theoretical astrophysics at the Assistant Professor (tenure track) level. While we are particularly interested in qualified applicants with expertise in theoretical cosmology, large scale structure, and galaxy formation, outstanding candidates working in any active areas of theoretical astrophysics will be considered and are encouraged to apply.

UCSC is one of the world's leading centers for research in computational astrophysics, which includes the cross-departmental research unit Theoretical Astrophysics Santa Cruz (TASC). The 3000-core Hyades cluster is the on-campus centerpiece of UCSC computational astrophysics. UCSC is the home of the University of California Observatories, with facilities including the Lick and Keck Observatories and Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Observatory. The current faculty has strengths in optical and near-IR observations, theory, numerical simulations, and instrumentation, with special concentrations in cosmology and galaxy formation, galactic structure, high-energy astrophysics, star and planet formation, and particle astrophysics. Programs at UCSC that are relevant to the advertised position include TASC, the High-Performance AstroComputing Center (HIPACC), the Next Generation Telescopes Science Institute (NEXSI), the Center for the Origin, Dynamics and Evolution of Planets (CODEP), and the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) ( We seek candidates whose research will integrate with these programs and at the same time broaden the scope of our faculty in theoretical astrophysics and contribute to our strong interdisciplinary collaborations.

The successful candidate is expected to maintain a first-class research program, teach in the department's undergraduate and graduate programs, supervise graduate and undergraduate student research, and contribute broadly to the intellectual vitality of the institution. For additional information on the department, please see the departmental website ( We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service, and who have demonstrated a commitment to improving access to higher education by minority groups.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Astronomy, Physics, or related field; demonstrated record of research

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Postdoctoral experience, potential to obtain external funding, and a commitment to and talent for teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels.

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Research Statement

  • Teaching Statement

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required