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Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 15, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Physics & Space Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Astronomy and Astrophysics

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus, invites applications for a tenured/tenure-track faculty position. Applicants in all areas of astronomy and astrophysics are encouraged to apply. We will consider appointments at the rank of assistant professor as well as appointments at higher ranks, depending on the qualifications of the applicant.

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics is home to a wide variety of research teams and participates in many multi-institutional research initiatives, including the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the Rubin Observatory, is a major partner in the Chandra and Swift X-ray observatories, and is home to the Astrophysical Multi-messenger Observatory Network. It has strong connections with the Department of Physics through the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos and its constituent research centers. The Department hosts the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds and the Extraterrestrial Intelligence Center; it also co-hosts the Center for Astrostatistics in partnership with the Department of Statistics. Penn State strongly promotes related interdisciplinary research via the Consortium for Planetary and Exoplanetary Science and Technology and the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences and their constituent research centers. Members of the department have access to the Roar supercomputing center at the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, which provides competitive allocations of CPU and GPU computing resources.

The anticipated starting date for this appointment is summer 2022. The duties include research, teaching, and supervision of student research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and service to the university and the greater professional community. Candidates are expected to demonstrate interest in and capacity to develop a strong, independent research program and capability to achieve teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates are also expected to have a doctorate in astronomy, physics, or a related field.

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics takes an active role in building a talented and inclusive workforce. Applicants should have a commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive professional environment.

Applications must be submitted electronically and should include the following:
  • A cover letter that highlights the applicant's relevant research, teaching, and mentoring experience and future goals, and commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications.
  • Statement of research accomplishments, plans, and vision (up to 5 pages, including figures and references).
  • Statement of teaching experience, philosophy, and interests, as well as past and current contributions to fostering diversity, inclusion, and equity at the teaching, research, and professional levels. This document should also describe how the candidate plans to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion in their research, teaching, and other duties at Penn State (up to 3 pages).

In addition to the above materials, the applicants should arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to by the same deadline.

Applications received by November 19, 2021 will receive full consideration.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

Information regarding benefits may be found at

Questions about the position and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State may be directed at the chair of the search committee, Prof. Michael Eracleous, by e-mail at

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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