Physics Department


Astronomy/Astrophysics Position at SQU

The Department of Physics at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman is expanding its Astronomy Group and would like to invite highly qualified astronomers to apply for a faculty position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level in the fields of Astronomy/Astrophysics.

The successful candidate is expected to have a well established teaching and research record and willing to engage in the ongoing efforts of the Department to augment its Astronomy program. Current research areas of the Astronomy Group include high energy astrophysics of compact objects, accretion disks, active galactic nuclei, observational and computational astronomy. The Astronomy Group also collaborates closely with the High Energy Physics group of the Department which has recently established a co-operation agreement with CERN. Furthermore, the successful candidate will need to contribute to the curriculum development of the Department’s undergraduate Astronomy Minor program as well as the establishment of postgraduate courses. The Department offers a B.Sc. degree in Physics and has an 18-credit minor program in Astronomy. The Department also has a postgraduate program that offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. Astronomy teaching facilities include several 14, 12, 10 inch telescopes, two 100 mm H-alpha telescopes, CCD cameras, and two 5-meter observatory domes. Research equipment includes a new 0.5-meter telescope. Observing conditions in Oman are among the best in the region. 

Candidates for this position are required to have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The deadline for applications is March 15th 2020. The interviews and selection process will take place early April 2020 and the successful candidate is expected to commence his/her contract in September 2020. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement with objectives as well as a research statement and objectives to the appointment committee chair, Prof. Abraham George before the end of the deadline. (They should also arrange for 3 professional reference letters to be sent directly to Prof. George). For enquiries regarding the Astronomy Group activities applicants can contact Dr. Zach Ioannou and Dr. Alaa Ibrahim


Apart from an attractive tax-free salary, SQU offers:

  • Free furnished accommodation
  • Free medical care in government hospitals in Oman
  • Excellent recreational facilities on campus
  • End-of-service gratuity
  • Subsidized schooling for up to two children
  • 60 days annual leave with return air tickets for the staff, eligible spouse and 2 children
  • Rolling three-year contracts on mutual agreement