Assistant/Associate Professor in Space Physics

University of Texas at Arlington

Job Description

Position Information

Posting Number F00346P
Position Title Assistant/Associate Professor in Space Physics
Department Physics
Location Arlington
Job Family Faculty
Position Status Full-time
Rank Tenure-track
Work Hours Standard
Open to External and Internal
FLSA Exempt
Duration Funding expected to continue
Pay Basis
Benefits Eligible Yes
Job Summary
The Department of Physics in the College of Science, the University of Texas at Arlington, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position as an Assistant or Associate Professor in Space Physics.
The Space Physics unit in the department plays an important leadership role for the NASA Geospace Dynamics Constellation (GDC) satellite mission, which focuses on multi-scale spatial and temporal variations of energy inputs and ionosphere-thermosphere coupling. The successful candidate will be able to contribute substantially; either in modeling or data analysis and enhance the research ability of the team in the related area.
In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States.
University Information
The University of Texas at Arlington is located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, a vibrant and diverse metropolitan area that is home to over 7 million people, one of the fastest-growing tech economies in the United States, and a wide array of arts, entertainment, and cultural activities. UTA is a comprehensive teaching, research, and public service institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative work. The University is committed to providing access and ensuring student success, and to a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization of discoveries by our community of scholars. With an enrollment of approximately 46,000 students, UTA is the largest institution in North Texas and the second-largest in the UT System. As a result of its combination of rigorous academics and innovative research, UTA is designated as a Carnegie R-1 “Very High Research Activity” institution and as a Texas Tier One institution. In 2021, UTA received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for its deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. UTA ranks No. 4 nationally in Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list and No. 1 in Texas for the number of degrees awarded to African American students (Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 2021). UTA is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as both a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and it has the fifth-most ethnically diverse undergraduate population in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). UTA is among the top 50 performers nationwide for promoting social mobility of its graduates (U.S. News & World Report, 2023), and its approximately 250,000 alumni, including some who occupy leadership positions at many of the 23 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Texas, contribute to the UTA’s $22.2 billion annual economic impact on Texas.
Department and College/School Information
The Physics Department is comprehensive and provides students a wide choice of research topics from the major areas of current physics research, including international­ly recognized research in nanomaterials, particle physics, astrophysics, and space physics. The College of Science offers world-class educational and research opportunities with small class sizes and outstand­ing faculty mentorship.
Diversity Statement
Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and equity in education through their scholarship, teaching, and/or service as well as a strong commitment to teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds. For more information on UT-Arlington’s diversity initiatives, please visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion webpage.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate must meet all expectations of a tenure-track faculty candidate: establish an independent and externally funded research program in space physics, provide research and mentoring opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, and teach physics courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Required Qualifications
Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent in space physics or a closely related field, and some postdoctoral experience is desired. The candidates must demonstrate their commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service. The key objective is to hire a faculty member with outstanding qualifications that shares the University’s core values of high standards of excellence in teaching. In addition, the qualified candidate displays innovative and collaborative research, and service combined with fostering an open and inclusive environment that promotes diversity and participation of groups that are currently underrepresented.
Preferred Qualifications
Special Conditions for Eligibility
Working Title
EEO Statement

UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date 09/01/2023
Open Date
Review Start Date
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply applicants should go to and submit the following materials:
  • a cover letter
  • full curriculum vitae
  • statements of research and teaching objectives
  • transcripts
  • contact information of at least three references

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Questions may be addressed to: Dr. Yue Deng (
For more information about UTA, please visit:

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