Department of Physics & Astronomy


The Department of Physics and Astronomy at San Francisco State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin Fall 2015. The emphasis of the search is on astronomical instrumentation and laboratory astrophysics; related fields of observational astronomy will also be considered. We seek candidates who will interact with other members of the department’s diverse research community. Current faculty members lead active programs in planet formation, exoplanets, stellar populations, galaxy formation, the physics of clusters of galaxies, and the X-ray study of binary stars and astrophysical plasmas. Other department research interests include quantum optics, nanomaterials, cryogenic detectors, and theoretical particle physics. The department shares in the development and operation of the 30" telescope at Leuschner Observatory (in collaboration with the UC Berkeley Astronomy Department) and the WIYN 0.9m telescope on Kitt Peak (as part of the WIYN 0.9m consortium). More information about our department can be found by browsing this site.

The department offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and is committed to excellence in both research and teaching. We seek candidates who are outstanding researchers and who are enthusiastic about mentoring students and involving them in their research. Faculty members with externally funded research programs typically teach two courses per semester. The salary is to be negotiated, commensurate with experience. In exceptional cases an appointment at the associate professor level may be considered. Existing facilities that could be made available to the successful candidate include a fully operational class 1000 clean room (with class 100 workstations under laminar flow hoods) and a double-walled copper electromagnetic screen room.

A Ph.D. in astronomy or physics and at least one year of postdoctoral experience are required. The successful candidate will establish a laboratory on campus that will give students hands-on experience with astrophysical instrumentation. We are open to a wide range of potential configurations for this oncampus facility. Possibilities include (but are certainly not limited to) development, prototyping and testing of components for observatory-class instruments, direct laboratory measurements of astrophysically important processes, analysis of extraterrestrial materials collected in situ and returned to Earth, and the development of new materials in support of astronomical research.

Applicants should submit a CV, a list of publications, a statement of teaching experience and interests, and a research statement. The latter should include a summary of current and past research, and a specific proposal for a program that could be carried out during the first 2-4 years at SFSU. This proposal should include the following elements: 1) an itemized budget totaling roughly $150,000 and identifying major equipment costs required to get the program up and running, 2) a discussion of how SFSU students would be involved in the project, both at the undergraduate level and at the Master’s level (the Department does not offer the Ph.D.), 3) a summary of laboratory space and infrastructure requirements, 4) identification of outside collaborations and/or external facilities (including associated costs) required for the project, and 5) strategies for obtaining external funding to carry the project into the future.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the Academic Jobs Online web site. The submission deadline is Monday, December 1, 2014 at 5PM PST. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent separately (references must submit their letters electronically using the Academic Jobs Online web site no later than Dec. 1, 2014).

San Francisco State University, a member of the California State University system, serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom, and human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. SFSU faculty are expected to be effective teachers and to demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work. SFSU is an Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from women, members of all ethnic groups, veterans, and people with disabilities.

Inquiries should be sent to Dr. Stephen Kane.


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