Job Details

University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Position Number: 2519177
  • Location: San Antonio, TX
  • Position Type: Science - Astronomy and Astrophysics

Assistant Professor - Physics & Astronomy, Exoplanets

Location: San Antonio, TX
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 6742
Full/Part Time: Full Time

Department Marketing Statement
The University of Texas at San Antonio is a Hispanic Serving University specializing in cyber, health, fundamental futures, and social-economic development. With more than 34,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual propertyfor Texas, the nation and the world. Learn more online, on UTSA Today or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or LinkedIn.

UTSA is situated in a global city that has been a crossroads of peoples and cultures for centuries, values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. As an institution expressly founded to advance the education of Mexican Americans and other underserved communities, our university is committed to ending generations of discrimination and inequity. UTSA, a premier public research university, fosters academic excellence through a community of dialogue, discovery and innovation that embraces the uniqueness of each voice.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is seeking exceptional applicants for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor position with experience in exoplanets and an academic record in multicultural education, diversity and inclusion beginning August 2022. We seek candidates whose exoplanet research focus (observational or theoretical) is relevant to future exoplanet missions (ground or space-based) or has direct synergies with solar system studies. In the case of exceptionally well qualified candidates appointment to associate or full professor is possible (tenure is contingent upon Board of Regents approval).
The successful applicant will be expected to (1) develop an externally funded and internationally recognized research program; (2) supervise graduate students; (3) teach undergraduate and graduate courses in astrophysics and/or physics; (4) work with others across disciplinary boundaries; (5) show a commitment to inclusion and diversity; and (6) serve the Department, College of Science, and the University.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy currently has 19 full-time tenure/tenure-track faculty members, 4 full-time lecturers, and 18 faculty cross-appointed between UTSA and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) adjoint faculty (see below), with research across materials science, biophysics, observational astronomy, theoretical and laboratory astrophysics and space physics. Strong collaborations already exist with departments in Engineering as well as other College of Sciences departments such as Chemistry and Earth & Planetary Science. The department enrollment is currently 130 undergraduate majors, 17 M.S., and 71 Ph.D. students. The Department offers accredited B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Physics. Additional information about the Department can be found at

Posting End Date
Review of applications begins November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Required Application Materials
  • A CV
  • A research statement (five pages or less)
  • A teaching statement (five pages or less) in which both statements include discussion on the role diversity and inclusion plays in the academic environment

Please submit all documents together in a single PDF in order to be considered. Multiple documents may be scanned and added to your application packet in the "Resume" field during the application process.

In addition, please arrange for 3 letters of support to be submitted by November 1st directly to: Please have your letter writers address the email with subject line: Your First Name, Your Last Name; 6742, Exoplanets.

Questions for the search committee should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Chris Packham (

For other questions regarding the search process, please contact Mildred Herrera-Rosales (

For technical issues with the application, please email Talent Acquisition (

Required Qualifications
  • PhD in physics, astronomy or a closely related field by time of hire.
  • Demonstrate their ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of diverse urban populations and support the University's commitment to thrive as a Hispanic Serving Institution and a model for student success.

Working Conditions
On Campus: Primary work location will be on campus

Additional Information
  • UTSA is a tobacco free campus.
  • This is a security sensitive position. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check.
  • Applicants selected must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States by time of hire.

EO/AA Statement
As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, it is the policy of The University of Texas at San Antonio to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetic information, and veteran status. The University is committed to the Affirmative Action Program in compliance with all government requirements to ensure nondiscrimination. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. UTSA campuses are accessible to persons with disabilities.

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