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Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Physics & Astronomy (10000887)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Position Description


The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Mississippi invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in astrophysics with a preference for multimessenger observation, theory, and/or gravitational astrophysics for the Fall of 2023. We seek candidates from
any area that complements or diversifies the research interests of our department. Our gravity and astrophysics group has expertise in gravitational-wave source modeling, tests of general relativity, quantum gravity, and cosmology, and we are members of the LIGO, LISA, and the Simulating
eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) collaborations. The successful candidate may also join the recently established Center for Multimessenger Astrophysics. Candidates are expected to develop a research program capable of supporting and leading graduate students to a Ph.D. A competitive startup
package is available.


A Ph.D. in Physics or a related field is required. Faculty members are expected to contribute to the teaching and service activities of the Department and the University. Teaching duties include up to three courses a year at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
Interested candidates should apply online at and submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of their teaching philosophy and commitment to inclusive pedagogy, a detailed proposal for developing their research program, and the names of three references who can provide letters of
recommendation. Inquiries can be sent to the email address or to Astrophysics Search Committee Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677. Consideration of applications will begin on
November 14, 2022, but applications will be accepted until an adequate applicant pool is established or until the position is filled. We encourage applications from candidates interested in scientific engagement with the community, including events that will take place in the STEM education
building scheduled for opening during the 2023-2024 academic year on the UM campus.


As we are committed to increasing diversity in the field, we especially welcome applicants who would expand the representation of minority groups in the department. Our Department goals are supported by the larger University of Mississippi and College of Liberal Arts’ Pathways to Equity strategic plan. The University of Mississippi complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetic information.

Position Details

Appointment (9 Month)

Assignment Type (Tenure Track)

Application Procedures

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About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.


Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi