Job Opportunities

Asst. Prof. of Astronomy

The Department of Astronomy at Columbia University invites applicants for an Assistant Professor position, to start July 1, 2017. We are looking for candidates in the area of Data Science and Computation, broadly interpreted, for a tenure-track position at Columbia that will begin with a three-year joint appointment with the new Simons Center for Computational Astrophysics. Applicants are expected to have a PhD and to have established an independent program of research that they will pursue and expand at Columbia.

The new faculty member will be joining a collegial department with a vibrant research enterprise, lively undergraduate and graduate teaching programs, and a strong record in public outreach. This position will, for the first three years, be a joint (50%) appointment with the newly created Simons Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA), part of the Flatiron Institute in New York City. The CCA, led by Prof. David Spergel, aims to become a focal point for computational astronomy around the world and plans to play a leadership role in developing the computational tools needed for calculations, simulations and data analyses. Columbia University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty, committed to teaching and working together.

We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Because we are committed to building a broadly diverse educational environment, applicants may include in their cover letter information about how they will further this objective. All applications must be submitted through Columbia University's Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS), and must include a curriculum vitae (including list of publications), and a statement of no more than 4 pages describing past and planned research as well as teaching interests. The applicant should arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be submitted to the the RAPS online site.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.

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