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Assistant Professor
Review of applications will begin on 30 November 2018
The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at The University of Chicago invites applications for Assistant Professor in any area of observational, experimental, theoretical, and computational astrophysics. The Faculty leads a wide range of world-class research projects, as described at the Department website. The University of Chicago is a founding partner of the Giant Magellan Telescope, and members of the Department have access to the Magellan Telescopes. Department members are also involved in the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, Fermilab, and Argonne National Laboratory.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of research, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Three letters of recommendation are required. Applications can be submitted through the University of Chicago academic careers website. Review of applications will begin on 30 November 2018.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-0287 or emailACOppAdministratoruchicago.edu with their request.

Associate Professor
Review of applications will begin on 30 November 2018
The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at The University of Chicago invites applications for Associate Professor in any area of observational, experimental, theoretical, and computational astrophysics. The Faculty leads a wide range of world-class research projects, as described at the Department website. The University of Chicago is a founding partner of the Giant Magellan Telescope, and members of the Department have access to the Magellan Telescopes. Department members are also involved in the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, Fermilab, and Argonne National Laboratory.

We seek candidates with an established record of high-impact research. To apply, please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of research, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Three letters of recommendation are required. Applications can be submitted through the University's Academic Careers website. Review of applications will begin on 30 November 2018.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-0287 or emailACOppAdministratoruchicago.edu with their request.

Provost's Fellowship in Astronomy & Astrophysics
Consideration of applications will begin 30 November 2018, and short-listed applicants will be contacted to schedule on-campus interviews in early 2019.
The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at The University of Chicago invites applications for the Provost's Fellowship. We seek to include in our department scientists who will lead creative research programs aligned with the broad interests of our colleagues, and who have a desire to participate in the vibrant intellectual life of the Department and the University. This funding program supports early-career scholars from diverse backgrounds, including groups historically underrepresented in faculty appointments, such as women, black/African American, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino scholars.

The successful candidate will be appointed as a Provost's Fellow for a three-year term, during which they will be able to pursue their independent research interests under the mentorship of the departmental faculty. The expectation is that the Fellow will use their appointment and the resources at the University to establish themselves as an emerging leader in their particular field of research. The Fellow will automatically be considered for promotion to a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment in the department at the end of the fellowship period. To aid in this effort, the Fellow will meet regularly with the Chair and a Faculty Mentoring Committee during which they can discuss issues that arise as they navigate their early career and develop their research program.

A competitive salary will be offered, plus benefits. Research funds are also available. Consideration of applications will begin 30 November 2018, and short-listed applicants will be contacted to schedule on-campus interviews in early 2019.

Applicants will be early in their careers, with a Ph.D. in hand by the time of the appointment and without a tenure track appointment at another institution. Start date is negotiable, with a target of October 1, 2019.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, and a statement of research interests. Three letters of recommendation are required. Applications can be submitted through the University's Academic Careers website. A statement of teaching interests will be required upon consideration for appointment to assistant professor.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination at http://www.uchicago.edu/about/non_discrimination_statement/. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-0287 or email ACOppAdministratoruchicago.edu with their request.

Postdoctoral position in high-energy, extragalactic astrophysics
Deadline: December 31st, 2018
The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago invites applications for a post-doctoral scholar position to work with Prof. Irina Zhuravleva and collaborators on high-energy, extragalactic astrophysics. The astrophysics research includes multi-wavelength observations and theoretical studies of galaxy clusters, groups and giant elliptical galaxies, thermal and non-thermal processes in the intracluster medium, physics of AGN feedback, turbulence and transport processes in the intergalactic plasma, high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy. Applicants interested in other fields of extragalactic astrophysics are also encouraged to apply.

The initial appointment is for two years, with a renewal to a 3rd year contingent on funding and performance. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or related fields at the start of the position. Candidates should preferentially have obtained their Ph.D. within the last 3 years.

Qualified applicants should e-mail to Prof. Irina Zhuravleva at zhuravlevaastro.uchicago.edu including a single PDF containing: a brief cover letter, a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a concise (maximum 3 pages) research statement. Please, arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent to the above email address.

All applications received by December 31st, 2018 will be given full consideration, but the position will remain open until March 1st, 2019.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Postdoctoral Research position in Theoretical/Computational Plasma Astrophysics
Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.
The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at The University of Chicago invites applications for a postdoctoral position to collaborate with Professor Damiano Caprioli on diverse aspects of theoretical and computational Plasma Astrophysics. Example of topics that fall in the area of interest are the origin of cosmic rays and the non-thermal emission from astrophysical objects, but also the solar wind, heliospheric shocks, and solar energetic particles.

It is expected that the appointment will begin in Fall 2019 (negotiable) with a competitive salary and run for approximately two years, with extension to a third year based on performance. The University of Chicago has a long tradition of research in Astroparticle Physics; its connections with Argonne and Fermilab National Laboratories create a very stimulating scientific environment with remarkable computational resources.

At the time of appointment, the successful applicant must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in Physics/Astronomy or related disciplines. Candidates with experience in kinetic simulations of astro/space/laboratory plasmas are preferred, but consideration will also be given to candidates with background and interest in theoretical/computational High-Energy Astrophysics and Space Physics.

Please have: a CV including publication list; a statement of research interests; and three letters of recommendation uploaded via eDelivery to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/edelivery/2728.

Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination at http://www.uchicago.edu/about/non_discrimination_statement/.

10-meter South Pole Telescole (SPT) Winter-Over
The position begins in January 2019 and ends in November 2019.
The 10-meter South Pole Telescope (SPT) Winter-over will be a member of a two-person crew located at the NSF Amundsen-Scott South Pole research station in Antarctica. The crew will be responsible for the hands-on maintenance and operation of the SPT. The crew will participate in the preliminary analysis of the astronomical data and is an integral part of the SPT collaboration. A continuous stay at the South Pole, lasting approximately eleven months, is required. The position begins in January 2019 and ends in November 2019.

Responsibilities:
  • Assemble and set-up scientific equipment
  • Check scientific instrumentation
  • Maintain cryogenic refrigeration systems in good working order
  • Test and integrate electrical and mechanical assemblies, including the power, computer and electronic components
  • Climb, operate machines, operate power tools, and report on the status of telescope and observations to SPT collaboration through weekly teleconferences
  • Other field work for instrument deployment and maintenance

Competencies:
  • Must have the ability to work independently and as well as within a team environment
  • Ability to plan; pay attention to details
  • Analytic and quantitative skills; reading, self-motivation, problem solving, math and reasoning skills
  • Must have oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to manage time pressures
  • Competence with computer systems and electronic instruments is required

Additional Requirements

Education and Experience:
  • An undergraduate degree in Physics or Engineering with a strong research component is required, or at least one year of remote-field work experience on telescopes, mechanical systems (including servo systems and cryogenic systems), radio, analog and digital electronics
  • Experience working at a harsh, remote site is strongly preferred
  • Experience working in a self-motivated manner within a large collaboration and the demonstrated ability to think in a structured, logical manner while under pressure is desired.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirement:
  • Due to the job site, the South Pole, good physical health is required
  • Will be working in a cold and harsh environment

To apply for the position visit UChicago jobs website.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.