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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 Postdoctoral 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 Scholar in Extragalactic Research
Application Deadline: Monday, January 1, 2018 | AAS Job Register
The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at The University of Chicago invites applications for a postdoctoral position to collaborate with Professor Hsiao-Wen Chen on a wide range of subjects in extragalatic research, in particular the origin of circumgalactic gas and its connection with star formation in galaxies.

The appointment will be for two years, with extension to a third year based on performance. At the time of appointment, the successful applicant must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in Physics/Astronomy or related disciplines. The successful candidate is expected to lead an important aspect of the Cosmic Ultraviolet Baryon Survey (CUBS), a combined large HST and Magellan program, in addition to other ongoing projects in the group. Previous experience with galaxy surveys and absorption spectroscopy is desirable, but not required. The Postdoctoral Scholar is also encouraged to conduct their own independent research utilizing local and/or national, international resources.

The University of Chicago has access to the Magellan Telescopes and is a founding partner of the Giant Magellan Telescope. Department members are also involved in the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, Fermilab and Argonne National Labs.

To apply, please submit: a CV including publication list; a statement of research interests; and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2018, 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.

Application Deadline: Monday, January 1, 2018
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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.