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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 241624-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Instructional, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

UW-Madison is seeking candidates with expertise in planetary atmospheres, origins of life and astrobiology, specifically in the areas of observational exoplanet spectroscopy. The successful candidate will build a research program focusing on observational spectroscopy and remote-sensing of exoplanetary atmospheres and biosignatures, taking advantage of the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope and future ground-based and space-based spectrographs. This position is part of a campus-wide cluster hiring initiative that aims to further build the vibrant community of scholars interested in Origins of Life, Artificial Life, and Astrobiology (OoLALA; Further information regarding the cluster initiative program can be found at: The three recruitments within the Cluster are as follows: 1) Molecular astrobiology (position already filled); 2) Planetary astrochemistry (expected tenure home in the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Geosciences, Department of Astronomy, or the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences; see PVL 241623); and 3) Observational exoplanet spectroscopy (this position). Given the nature of this position, the Department of Astronomy in the College of Letters & Sciences is the likely tenure home, though placement will be agreed upon by the University and candidate based on scholarly fit.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the research, teaching, and service mission of their tenure department. They will develop a vibrant, internationally recognized and externally funded research program. They will teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as mentor students. They will be expected to participate in professional, public and university service as appropriate. We are also interested in candidates who can contribute to an equitable and inclusive environment, and who can bring new perspectives on recruiting, mentoring, and educating students from diverse backgrounds.

In addition, the person hired will actively contribute to the cluster through research, teaching, and interaction with the OoLALA community and the Wisconsin Center for Origins Research (WiCOR), which is a new interdisciplinary research initiative being launched by the UW-Madison Astronomy Department.

UW-Madison is a world-class academic institution ranking among the top institutions in the nation in science and engineering expenditures, with a research portfolio of over $1 billion. The city of Madison provides a vibrant, culturally rich environment consistently ranked highly in national surveys for quality of life.

The UW-Madison College of Letters and Sciences and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Graduate Research and Education are all committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence, and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff. We insist that all new hires embrace the importance of equity and diversity in the workplace.

The position is a full-time academic tenure-track faculty position. It carries a commitment to the three important functions of instruction, research, and outreach, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to faculty rank.

Principal Duties:

1) Carry out a vigorous, collaborative, externally funded research program at the forefront of observational exoplanet spectroscopy or a closely related focus.
2) Teach undergraduate, graduate, or professional students consistent with the tenure home department's teaching mission and portfolio. Provide support for education within graduate programs.
3) Contribute and participate in professional, university, and community service appropriate to rank.
4) Contribute to programs aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department, college, and university. Promote an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit:

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Planetary Science, or a related field at the time of appointment.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Demonstrated experience, or combined education and experience, in conducting research related to observational exoplanet spectroscopy, astrobiology, and origins of life.
A record of peer-reviewed research publication in journals appropriate to the candidate's field.
One or more years of experience, or combined education and experience, in teaching at undergraduate or graduate levels in the environment or a related field.

Additional Information:

UW-Madison is seeking a diverse set of faculty candidates who will deepen our campus' interdisciplinary research strength in key areas of current and future research promise, as well as faculty candidates who will approach their work in a manner that advances our commitment to research excellence.



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Full Time: 100%

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Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 22, 2022



Instructions to Applicants:

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( under job number 241623. Applications must be received through UW- Madison's online application system. Applications submitted outside of this system will not be considered.

Click the "Apply Now" button to start the application process.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three references, and a document containing a set of three statements discussing 1) research, 2) teaching, and 3) contributions to diversity and inclusion, respectively. These materials must be submitted as one document online at:

To ensure full consideration, application packets must be received by November 1, 2021. However, the position will remain open until filled.


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