Professor of Astronomy (Tenure Track)

The Department of Astronomy in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks candidates for position at the tenure-track level. Applications at the associate professor level may be considered in exceptional cases. 

Duties: The appointee will be expected to perform teaching, research and service duties in the Astronomy Department. Classroom teaching and individual instruction and supervision of graduate and undergraduate thesis research is required. The appointee will participate in Department, College, campus and national level committees as appropriate.

Current departmental areas of expertise include: the interstellar and intergalactic medium, stellar astrophysics, galaxies and active galactic nuclei, observational cosmology, computational astrophysics, plasma astrophysics, high energy astrophysics; radio/sub-mm, IR/optical and X-ray observation; and instrumentation; additional areas of department interest include the study of exoplanets and planet formation, time-domain astronomy, and multi-messenger astrophysics.

Faculty applicants are invited to take advantage of Department facilities. We are currently partners in the WIYN 3.5m telescope on Kitt Peak (including the NEID exoplanet spectrograph) and in the 11m Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) in South Africa. We are a full institutional member in the SDSS IV consortium. Other facilities include the Washburn Laboratories instrumentation lab and the UW-Madison Center for High-Performance/High-Throughput Computing. We further anticipate participation in the SDSS V survey as well as partnership in radio and mm-wave facilities in the near future. The University of Wisconsin also hosts the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) and the Wisconsin Plasma Astrophysics Laboratory (WIPAL). Apply at

Student Coordinator (Official title: Student Status Examiner)

Function as the Undergraduate and Graduate Program Coordinator and Timetable and Registration Representative for the Department of Astronomy at UW-Madison. Responsible for administration and implementation of undergraduate and graduate program activities, policies, and procedures from admission to graduation. Advises faculty and students on undergraduate and graduate program requirements. Interprets rules and regulations of the department, UW, and the Graduate School; evaluates transcripts, determines eligibility of international students and students with non-standard applications, and monitors progress of all Ph.D. candidates. This position requires an individual who can exercise considerable initiative, independent judgment, and discretion in order to communicate effectively on numerous complex university requirements and procedures to current and prospective students, Department visitors, and faculty. Strong computer skills as well as a working knowledge of SIS, DARS, spreadsheets, databases, word processing, and the Internet are required. Duties are performed under general supervision. This position reports directly to the Administrative Program Specialist. Apply at

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