Detailed Job Description: The School of Physics and Astronomy at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position within the broad area of astrophysics to begin August 2019. The position is anticipated to be filled at the rank of Assistant Professor, however, candidates with experience and qualifications consistent with appointment at a higher rank are also invited to apply. The successful candidate will be a member of the Astrophysical Sciences and Technology (AST) PhD program faculty and, hence, must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching at all levels of the astronomy and astrophysics curriculum and the potential to mentor research students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in developing advanced technologies in the instrumentation, computational, and/or data mining/analysis domains that they can bring to bear on science focus areas that build on or complement those of the present AST faculty. Example areas of interest are young moving groups and exoplanets, multimessenger studies of compact binaries, the environments of supermassive black holes, and astrophotonics. The successful candidate must demonstrate the potential to establish and maintain a strong, well-funded research program that can leverage the institutional and industrial resources available across RIT and the Rochester area.
We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to Student Centeredness; Professional Development and Scholarship; Integrity and Ethics; Respect, Diversity and Pluralism; Innovation and Flexibility; and Teamwork and Collaboration. Select links to view RIT's core values, honor code, and diversity commitment.
Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States beginning August 15, 2019.
Department Description: The School of Physics and Astronomy, together with the Center for Imaging Science, the School of Mathematical Sciences, and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, supports the multidisciplinary AST PhD and MS programs, which are housed within RIT's College of Science. This program currently includes 15 Faculty and 30 graduate students. Faculty associated with AST maintain strong research programs covering a broad range of topics and disciplines, including: supermassive black holes, numerical relativity, gravitational wave astrophysics, experimental cosmology, galaxy evolution, active galactic nuclei, massive stars, the earliest and latest stages of stellar evolution, circumstellar disks and outflows, computational astrophysics, and instrument and detector research and development. We expect the successful candidate to be affiliated with one or more of three major RIT research centers: the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (ccrg.rit.edu), the Center for Detectors (ridl.cfd.rit.edu), and the Laboratory for Multi-wavelength Astrophysics (lama.cis.rit.edu).
The School of Physics and Astronomy consists of 38 fulltime faculty, 8 postdocs, 200 undergraduate physics majors, and 30 astrophysics graduate students. The School offers a BS program in Physics, PhD and MS programs in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology, and is launching a new MS program in Physics in Fall 2019. Faculty in the school currently also contribute to graduate programs in Materials Science & Engineering, Microsystems Engineering, Sustainability, Imaging Science, Mathematical Modeling, and Applied & Computational Mathematics. The College of Science leads six of RIT's nine major research centers, namely, the Center for Computational Relativity & Gravitation, the NanoPower Research Laboratory, the Laboratory for Multiwavelength Astrophysics, the Center for Detectors, the Digital Imaging & Remote Sensing Laboratory, and the Center for Advanced Teaching Learning & Evaluation. Currently, RIT has identified five Signature Research Areas, and the College of Science leads three of them, i.e., the Future Photon Initiative, Frontiers in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics, and Unmanned Aerial Systems. Information about the RIT School of Physics and Astronomy can be found at https://www.rit.edu/science/sopa/ and about the AST graduate program at http://www.rit.edu/cos/astrophysics/.
A PhD. in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, or a related field
Post-doctoral research experience
Demonstrated commitment to research and excellence in teaching at all levels of the curriculum
Ability to establish and maintain a vigorous research program in observational or theoretical astrophysics or astronomical instrumentation
Demonstrated ability, or strong potential, to obtain external research funding
A commitment to the educational and teaching mission of the College of Science
A commitment to mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in research and to leading student-centric teams
Strong communication skills
Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college's continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences
Minimum Education Qualfications: PhD
How to Apply: Apply online at http://careers.rit.edu/faculty. Search: 4135BR. Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. Within the cover letter (not to exceed two pages), candidates should include a statement about their contributions to diversity and a description of any previous activities mentoring members of diverse populations.
Please submit your application, curriculum vitae and cover letter, and upload the following attachments:
Statement of research goals and plans for securing external funding (not to exceed 4 pages)
Teaching philosophy statement (not to exceed 4 pages)
List of three current professional references, along with their contact information
Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. Within the cover letter (not to exceed two pages), candidates should include a statement about their contributions to diversity and a description of any previous activities mentoring members of historically excluded racial, gender, or other identities.
Candidates should arrange to have their three references send letters of support directly to Chair, Astrophysics Faculty Search Committee, RIT School of Physics & Astronomy. These letters must be submitted to email@example.com and must be in PDF format. Inquiries regarding the position may also be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive full consideration, all application materials should be received by Thursday, November 15, 2018.
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RIT is a national leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have chosen to attend RIT. Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. With approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation. RIT offers a rich array of degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, and is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT has been honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” for four years. RIT is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples by our membership in the Upstate NY HERC.
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