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Faculty position at University of South Carolina

Nov 07, 2023

The faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of South Carolina, Columbia campus, invites applications for a 9-month, full-time, open-rank faculty position in observational astronomy to begin August 16, 2024. Review of complete applications will begin on December 1, 2023.

The Department welcomes applications from candidates working in all areas of observational astronomy, especially galactic and extragalactic astronomy. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, have a commitment to excellence in teaching, build a strong externally funded research program in observational astronomy, and interact with the existing astronomy research group in the department. The department has an active research program in areas such as distant galaxies, quasars, galaxy evolution, and interstellar/intergalactic matter. This position is part of an effort to further grow astronomy research and establish an astronomy major in the department.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at USC, a Carnegie Research 1 University, consists of 26 faculty members and is currently growing. Our main research areas are astronomy/astrophysics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, particle physics, and quantum physics. Further information about the department may be found at
Candidates must have a PhD in observational astronomy/astrophysics or physics with at least two years of postdoctoral experience by the start date of employment.
Applications must include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) list of publications, (4) research plan, (5) teaching statement, and (6) the names and contact information, including email address and phone number, of at least 3 references. References will be contacted to provide signed letters of recommendation. Review of complete applications will begin on December 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about this position may be directed to Dr. Varsha Kulkarni at kulkarni(at)

This position is open until filled. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

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