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Position Details


Long Classification Title
Location UNH, Durham, NH
Department UNH CEPS Physics [UDPHYS]
Summary of Position

The Department of Physics and the Space Science Center at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2018 in the broad area of experimental astrophysics. The successful applicant can expect to interact with other research groups, in particular, the astrophysics group in the Space Science Center and the gravitational / high-energy theory group in the Physics Department. The astrophysics group conducts experimental research in X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy from both balloon and satellite platforms. Among its current projects are a program to develop a next-generation Compton telescope and an effort to deploy a gamma-ray-burst polarimeter. Current X-ray research focuses on studies of black holes and tidal disruption events. There is also closely related research in cosmic rays, high-energy solar radiations, and high-energy atmospheric radiations. The gravitational / high-energy theory group has ongoing research in compact object mergers, gravitational waves, gamma-ray bursts, and classical gravitational physics. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of research demonstrating outstanding potential for establishing his or her own independent research program. The Department of Physics has twenty four teaching faculty as well as approximately sixty undergraduate physics majors and sixty graduate students. Thirteen of these teaching faculty, together with twelve research faculty and several research scientists, are members of UNH’s Space Science Center, an organization that has a history of more than sixty years in space science research. UNH has led and/or participated in numerous space missions (many with hardware contributions), including OSO-7, SMM, CGRO, Cluster, STEREO, IBEX, Van Allen Probes, GOES, Solar Orbiter, Solar Probe Plus, and MMS. Extensive experimental resources are available, including a machine shop, engineering support, thermal / vacuum test facilities, and EMI/EMC test facilities. In addition, UNH has excellent computational resources, including a CRAY XE6m-200 supercomputer. UNH researchers enjoy a close collaborative relationship with the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), whose Department of Earth, Oceans, and Space (SwRI-EOS) is co-located and shares facilities with the UNH Space Science Center. The candidate should be enthusiastic about teaching physics and astronomy classes at all levels, and would actively participate in the development of an astronomy program within the Department of Physics. The University actively creates and nurtures a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with a mutual respect and shared spirit of inquiry.

Additional Job Information

Applicants should submit their application as a single PDF document containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and brief summaries of teaching interests and future research plans.
All materials should be submitted online at
Three confidential letters of recommendation should be uploaded by your referees.
Once your application is complete and submitted, your list of references will be notified to submit letters via the portal.

Review of completed applications, which must include reference letters, will begin on November 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Prof. Mark McConnell at

Posting Number/Job Order # PF0118FY18
Acceptable Minimum Qualifications

Candidates for this position must have the ability and desire to participate in graduate and undergraduate education and to lead a major, independent research effort in the area of experimental astrophysics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field. The candidate should demonstrate an ability to lead in an increasingly diverse cultural, social and ethnic community.

Additional Preferred Qualifications
Salary Information

Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

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Percent Time Information (FTE) 100
Faculty Information Tenure-Track
If Renewable or Number of years, please specify
Type of Position Faculty

Posting Details

Posting Date 08/23/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Closing Date
Interested Internal Candidates Exist? No
Appointment Type Regular
If TERM position with benefits, indicate projected end date
Institution Information

The University of New Hampshire is a major research institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs.

This position is responsible for the supervision of Students
Special Requirements A background check will be required as a condition of employment.
EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Inquiries about the position may be sent to Prof. Mark McConnell at

Duties / Responsibilities

Job Duties

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you meet the definition of an Internal Candidate? Internal Candidates include: (1) active status employees who have completed the introductory period and (2) adjunct staff members who have been employed within USNH for at least 12 months in total and who have worked at least 1,000 hours during the 12 month period preceding the application for the position. Student employment does not apply toward internal status eligibility.
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. (3) Professional References Contact Info
  4. Research Statement
  5. Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents