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Available Positions

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has employment opportunities for:


Undergraduate Summer Research Positions

Through its NSF funded REU Program (Research Experiences for Undergraduates), the department has summer positions available for undergraduate research assistants.

Paid summer research positions in Italy are available through a DOE-NSF/INFN student exchange program. Applicants must be US citizens who have completed at least three years of an undergraduate curriculum in physics, engineering or computing science at a US university.

Undergraduate Teaching Internship Positions

The department has positions during the academic year for undergraduate students to serve as teaching interns in introductory physics and astronomy courses. Interns typically work as teaching assistants in laboratory or recitation sections, or serve as workshop leaders. The internship program is open to all undergraduate science majors. Visit the teaching internship program page to learn more.

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Graduate Assistantships

Students admitted to the department's graduate program usually receive financial support either from the department or from external foundations.

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Grant Accountant

Performs professional accounting work at an operating level requiring knowledge and application of general accounting theory, techniques, and practices, and knowledge of the University accounting system. If interested in applying, please contact Sondra Anderson at

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Post-Doctoral Position in Computational Astrophysics

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral/research scientist position in computational astrophysics in the theoretical astrophysics research group at the University of Rochester. The scientific focus includes a range of astrophysical hydro/MHD/plasma topics including outflows and accretion in binary systems and evaporation of exoplanet atmospheres. 

This program, run by Professor Adam Frank and Professor Eric Blackman, is part of a long-term study combining astrophysics theory, high performance computing, observations and high energy density laboratory experiments. 

For more information on the position and how to apply, see the post-doctoral position in computational astrophysics job description page.

Marshak Fellowship in Particle and Nuclear Physics

The Marshak Fellowship in Particle and Nuclear Physics has been established to offer young scientists the opportunity to pursue innovative research at the University of Rochester in the fields of particle and nuclear physics, plasma astrophysics, and plasma physics and controlled fusion. To learn more, visit the Marshak Fellowship page.

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Tenure-Track Faculty Positions 

There are no open positions at this time. To see a complete list of faculty openings in Arts, Sciences and Engineering, visit our faculty recruiting page

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Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Positions 

18 January 2017

Visiting Faculty Position in Observational Astrophysics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in astrophysics, for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicants should have a Ph.D., an outstanding record of research, and a commitment to excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and the graduate level. We will consider all areas of observational or phenomenological astrophysics, but are especially interested in candidates whose research and teaching complements our strong efforts in astrophysical disks, protoplanetary-disk evolution, star/planet formation, and high-energy astrophysics. Each candidate should submit (1) a letter of application; (2) a curriculum vitae including a list of publications; (3) a research plan; and (4) a description of teaching interests. Each candidate should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent in support of their application. Further instructions for submission of applications can be found at

For more information about the UR Physics and Astronomy Department, see

Questions about the position can be directed to

Prof. Dan M. Watson           
Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy  
University of Rochester

To receive the fullest consideration, applications should be completed by 15 March 2017. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The University of Rochester has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education. The University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applicants from members of minority groups and women. All applications are considered without regard to race, sex, religious or national origin. Salary will be competitive.

EOE Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled

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