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Tenure-track assistant professor: Astromaterials, Solar System, and Planetary System Formation

Washington University in St. Louis Department of Physics
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Nov 19, 2021

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Faculty Opening: Astromaterials, Solar System, and Planetary System Formation

Washington University in St. Louis

The Department of Physics at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor faculty position specializing in the study of the formation and evolution of planetary systems. Areas of interest include observation and analysis of planetary systems from ground and space-based observatories or the investigation of astromaterials to study the formation and evolution of planetary systems. The appointment is supported by the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences (MCSS) and will begin in Fall 2022. Information about our department is at and information about the MCSS is at

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related field at the time of appointment, significant research achievements, and an aptitude for teaching physics at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Duties will include, but are not limited to, conducting original research and writing peer-reviewed publications, teaching courses, advising students, and service to the Physics Department and University as well as service to the research community. The typical teaching load for research-active faculty is one course per semester on average. Applications should be submitted via

An application should include: (1) a cover letter; (2) a current resume including publication record; (3) a research statement (2 pages); (4) a teaching, outreach, and diversity statement (up to 2 pages); and (5) names and contact information for three references. Diversity and Inclusion are core values at Washington University, and the strong candidate will demonstrate the ability to create inclusive classrooms and environments in which a diverse array of students can learn and thrive. Applications received by Nov. 24, 2021 will receive full consideration.

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those underrepresented in their academic fields. It is the University’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information.


Washington University in St. Louis is a private institution that was founded in 1853. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,653 (fall 2020), its setting is city, and the campus size is 169 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Washington University in St. Louis's ranking in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #14. Our community—and our impact—sets WashU apart. As a top university located in St. Louis, Missouri, we consistently rank among the best schools in the country. But, we would rather have our reputation defined by the many accomplishments of our faculty, students and graduates. To us, knowing we help shape the people who make a real difference in the world fuels our pride. Our faculty are standouts in their fields. And our students are defined by curiosity, ambition, and individuality. From student-run businesses to open-air meeting spots, from a fitness center to a world-class art museum, this is a community we’re proud to call home.

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