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Tenure-track Faculty Position in Astrophysics and Cosmology at SMU

Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas, US
$90,000/yr or higher + benefits.
Posting live until
22 Nov 2023

Job Details

The Department of Physics at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Astrophysics or Cosmology, broadly defined.  Candidates must have: a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field; postdoctoral experience; and a record of research excellence. The successful candidate will develop a vigorous research program, supervise graduate students, and teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Faculty are expected to teach and mentor diverse students within the Physics program and throughout the University. The appointment will start in August 2024 or later.

Southern Methodist University is a research-intensive, private university centrally located in Dallas, Texas. Current research in the Department of Physics at SMU focuses on the fields of observational and theoretical astrophysics and cosmology, especially in the areas of the cosmic microwave background, supernovae, early universe cosmology, galaxies, and large-scale structure. SMU faculty are deeply engaged in several international collaborations including DESI, Simons Observatory, CMB-S4, FYST, EXCLAIM and COMAP.  The department also features strong research programs in experimental and theoretical particle physics. The Department of Physics aims to provide a collegial scientific community with equitable access and participation for all individuals and groups, and recognizes the value of this participation to the quality of our research.

Applications must be submitted via lnterfolio  and should include a cover letter, research statement, statement addressing teaching and mentoring, curriculum vitae, and at least three confidential letters of reference. Review of applications will begin October 22, 2023. To ensure full consideration, the application should be received by November 20, 2023, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Questions or inquiries may be directed to the search chair, Dr. Robert Kehoe ( The committee will notify applicants of its employment decisions after the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

SMU is a nationally ranked, private, non-sectarian research institution located in one of the nation's fastest-growing metropolitan areas. Researchers are part of an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of internationally recognized scholars across the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, and business. SMU offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. The City of Dallas is one of the nation's most cosmopolitan commercial and cultural centers, and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is the fourth largest in the US. Dallas' quality of life is exceptional, with a relatively low cost of living and a variety of housing options. A full range of professional sports teams, music venues, a lively and innovative restaurant scene, and more make Dallas an extremely livable city. Explore SMU at

Southern Methodist University will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


What is the origin and fate of our universe? What are the building blocks of our universe, and what are the forces that hold together those building blocks? In the SMU Department of Physics, we provide an education that pairs the strengths of our department with your desire to learn more about the cosmos. If you learn how to setup and solve difficult problems in physics, you can apply that skill to many other careers too. Physicists are highly sought after in fields from finance to engineering and medicine, anywhere that important decisions are made based on quantitative evidence.


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Department of Physics
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