Endowed Chair Faculty Position in Astronomy/Astrophysics


The Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for the Homer L. Dodge Endowed Chair in Astronomy and

Astrophysics. This is the last of three endowed chairs in the department, made possible by a gift in honor of Homer L. Dodge, a former chair of the department, co-founder and first president of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and a principal figure in the formation of the American Institute of Physics.

The Department has hired seven new junior faculty in the last 5 years.

Construction on Lin Hall, a new building with state-of-the art research laboratory space adjacent to Nielsen Hall will begin in 2016, adding about 30,000 square feet of space to the department.

The department has active research groups in astronomy and astrophysics; atomic, molecular, and chemical physics; high energy physics; and solid state and applied physics. Current research interests within the astronomy and astrophysics group include theoretical studies of the solar system, astrophysical atmospheres, stellar and nebular abundances, galactic chemical evolution, AGN, cosmology, gravitational lensing and galaxy clusters, and exoplanets and debris disks. The astrophysics group at OU is strong and we are searching for an outstanding individual who will strive to further enhance the group and the Physics & Astronomy Department as a whole.


Qualified applicants in all areas of astronomy and astrophysics are encouraged to apply. The position is open to theorists, observers, and instrumentalists.  The appointment is expected to begin in August 2016, at the full, associate, or assistant professor level. Senior applicants may be awarded tenure. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics or a related area, a demonstrated record of accomplishment in research as evidenced by an ongoing externally funded research program, and a publication record that provides evidence of outstanding creativity and promise of future research contributions. The successful applicant must be able to teach effectively at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  The teaching load in the department is 1 course each semester (1+1). The department enjoys a friendly and supportive work environment, and the successful applicant is expected to contribute to this environment. The holder of the Homer L. Dodge Chair is expected to play a leadership role in fostering the development of research in the Astronomy & Astrophysics Group, as well in the Department as a whole.  For further information about our department see http://www.nhn.ou.edu or contact the department search committee chair, Eddie Baron (baron@ou.edu).

Applications consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, statement of research and teaching interests, and the names of three references (who will be contacted only with permission of the applicant).

Applicants MUST apply for this position online at https://jobs.ou.edu, job requisition 23305 or use the quick link https://jobs.ou.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=90458. For further information on this or other OU job opportunities, please call +1 (405) 325-1826, or access our web site at http://hr.ou.edu/.


Screening of applicants will begin on November 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars, with 311 scholars. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the #1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013. Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just outside Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on "best place to live" lists. For more information, visit http://www.ou.edu/content/dam/provost/documents/facultyflipbook.pdf and http://www.ou.edu/publicaffairs/oufacts.html.

The University of Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.