Assistant Professor in Mathematics/Physics/Astronomy

Vanderbilt University


The Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics and Department of Physics and Astronomy invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin in Fall 2021 or later. The position is affiliated with Vanderbilt University’s newly formed “Initiative for Gravity, Waves, and Fluids” – a collaborative, interdisciplinary venture. Appointment can be within the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, or joint, depending on a candidate’s expertise.

The Initiative for Gravity, Waves, and Fluids is a research-focused enterprise that cuts across traditional discipline boundaries by providing mathematicians, physicists, and astrophysicists with the resources and space to connect and collaborate on projects of outstanding scientific merit. A current list of members of the Initiative can be found at It is anticipated that the Initiative will grow into a vibrant program, with addition of new members, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and substantial resources to support Initiative activities. The Initiative welcomes applications from researchers working in all areas of mathematics and physics connected with:

  • General relativity: theoretical, mathematical, numerical, or experimental, including, but not restricted to, black holes, gravitational radiation, and multimessenger astrophysics.
  • Fluid mechanics: theoretical, mathematical, numerical, or experimental, including, but not restricted to, relativistic fluids far from equilibrium.
  • Evolution of partial differential equations related to fluids and gravity, including, but not restricted to, the geometric analysis of waves and fluids.
  • The physics and mathematics of neutron star mergers and nuclear collisions.

Vanderbilt University is a private research university ranked in the top 15 nationally; its 330-acre park-like campus is located on the western edge of downtown Nashville, TN, known colloquially as Music City and consistently rated as one of the best cities in the US in which to live and work.

Vanderbilt University has a strong institutional commitment to fostering excellence through an academically and culturally diverse community of scholars. For example, the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD program was founded in the Physics & Astronomy department and has become a national model for the recruitment, retention, and training of talented underrepresented minority scholars in physics and astronomy. Given our diverse graduate cohort, we welcome candidates with experience in equity, diversity and inclusion in teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service.

Required Qualifications: A PhD in mathematics, physics, astrophysics, or a closely related field. Tenure-track applicants are expected to have demonstrated outstanding potential for research excellence and professional leadership.

Applicants should submit: (1) a cover letter, (2) a complete CV, (3) a statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy, and (4) a research statement that also addresses the candidate’s potential for collaborative research across mathematics and physics. Applicants should arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be uploaded via the same link. At least one of the letters must also address the candidate’s teaching potential in depth. We welcome candidates with potential or experience in mentoring and furthering the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion, which can be addressed in the candidate’s teaching statement, the letters of recommendation, or both.