Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Astronomy and Astrophysics
Penn State University
Location: University Park, Pennsylvania
Astronomy and Space Science
Physics: Instrumentation and Measurement
Faculty 4-Year College/University
The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus, invites applications for a tenured/tenure-track faculty position. We are seeking outstanding candidates with promise to establish a vibrant research program within our department, especially in the area of Astronomical Instrumentation. We will consider appointments at the rank of assistant professor as well as appointments at higher ranks, depending on the qualifications of the applicant.
Competitive applicants for the rank of Assistant Professor will possess a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, astrophysics, or related fields before beginning employment at Penn State, ideally with an emphasis in astronomical instrumentation. A successful candidate must also demonstrate strong potential for developing an externally funded, collaborative, interdisciplinary research program, and the potential to contribute to the college’s teaching mission.
Candidates seeking the rank of Associate Professor should have the same qualifications as the assistant professor, as well as a strong track record of scholarly achievement, external funding, and demonstrated success in teaching and service.
Candidates for Full Professor should have the same qualifications as the associate professor, as well as a track record of research publications, funding, teaching, and service that distinguishes them, nationally or internationally, as leaders in astrophysical instrumentation development.
The anticipated starting date for this appointment is between summer 2023 and January 2024. 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 the 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.
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, teaching, and diversity accomplishments and plans, including
Research accomplishments, plans, and vision (up to 3 pages, including figures and references),
Teaching experience, philosophy, and interests (up to 3 pages), and
Past and current contributions to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at the teaching, research, and professional levels, and descriptions of how the candidate plans to integrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging into their research, teaching, and other duties at Penn State (up to 2 pages).
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In addition to the above materials, the applicants should arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to email@example.com by the same deadline.
Applications received by February 24, 2023 will receive full consideration.
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. Alex Wolszczan, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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