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Assistant or Associate Research Professor of Space Physics – Geophysical Institute

University of Alaska

This is a Full-time position in Fairbanks, AK posted June 17, 2021.

Assistant or Associate Research Professor of Space Physics
– Geophysical Institute

Apply now Job no: 516631
Classification:Research Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type: Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:
The Geophysical Institute’s Space Physics group at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking a new research faculty member to contribute to research at the HAARP facility.

The Space Physics and Aeronomy research group studies the Earth’s geospace environment and the magnetospheres of other planets.

While the position is expected to be hired at the assistant rank, exceptional candidates at the associate level will also be considered.

This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska.

While there may be a current opportunity for remote work, the successful finalist will be expected to report to duty at the UAF office no later than 60 days from written notice provided by the university.
10 Service: 1.

Public service: serving in organized, non-remunerative, educational and consultative activities which devolve from a UNAC member’s professional expertise and further the interests or prestige of the University; Collective Bargaining Agreement United Academics – AAUP/AFT January 01, 2017 – December 31, 2019 50 2.


University service: serving as department head/chair, program director, or governance officer; serving on administrative and governance, department, college, school or university committees; and performing other tasks as deemed necessary by the University.

In addition, service will be recognized when a UNAC member serves as a member of the MAU appeals board, as a member of the MAU disciplinary committee or as a member of a joint labor-management committee or task force established by this Agreement.

UNAC members who serve as the MAU grievance chair will receive service credit of up to three workload units.3.

Professional service: reviewing grant/contract proposals, serving as an editor and/or reviewer for a journal, serving as accreditation reviewer, serving on a professional licensing board, as an ad hoc reviewer in the UNAC member’s area of expertise; as an officer in a professional society; organizing and/or chairing conferences, symposia, seminars, etc.; teaching short courses, seminars, etc.

that are not regular academic courses; editing journals, books, special volumes of papers, or other relevant activities.

Essential 90 Research: All professional activities leading to publication, performance or formal presentation in the UNAC member’s field, or leading to external funding recognizing the UNAC member’s current or potential contribution to that field.

Such activities include manuscript submission; grant/contract proposal submission; supervision of funded research projects; development and commercialization of intellectual property; additions to a portfolio; and other original contributions appropriate to the UNAC member’s field.


Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Experience working with private and public external constituencies.

Ability to advocate for the university.

Ability to acquire funding from external sources.

General background in related field.

Experience/potential with writing proposals and obtaining research funding.

Experience/potential for graduate student research supervision.

Required Education and Experience: 

PhD degree in Space Physics or a related science field.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Application Process:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date.

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, research statement, and contact information for three professional references with your application.

Please submit your application no later than 5/30/2021 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.

The review of this posting will start on 5/31/2021.

This posting will be closed once it is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI
– Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498. 

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

Term Position:

This position term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University’s discretion.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment.

During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason.

Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact GI HR at 907-474-6498.

Advertised: 31 Mar 2021 Alaskan Daylight Time
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