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Physics and Astronomy Assistant Professor in Computational Astrophysics

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Position Information

Position Title Physics and Astronomy Assistant Professor in Computational Astrophysics
Position Type Science/ Technology/ Mathematics
Position Description

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for an Assistant Professor position, to start July 1, 2018. We are looking for an astrophysicist with expertise in data science, numerical simulation, or computation. The first three years of this tenure-track position at Penn will include a joint (50/50%) appointment with the newly created Simons Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA). At the CCA, the appointment will hold the position of Associate Research Scientist. Associate Research Scientists develop algorithms and codes for computational astrophysics and/or for the analysis of large astronomy data sets. Applicants are expected to have a PhD and to have established an independent program of research that they will expand at Penn and CCA.

Penn hosts a collegial department with a vibrant research enterprise, and strong programs in undergraduate and graduate teaching and public outreach. The Department is actively involved in a number of data-intensive projects including AdvACT, DES, HERA, SDSS IV, LSST, WFIRST, and the Simons Observatory. The CCA, part of the Flatiron Institute in New York City, 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.

Candidates should submit materials online at and include: a curriculum vitae (including list of publications); a description (4 pages maximum) of past and planned research and of teaching interests; and the names and contact information for at least three references. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter to the website. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. The Simons Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V.

Position Posting Date 09/28/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Posting Number 1363
Affirmative Action Statement

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Teaching Statement
  3. Research Statement/Research Proposals
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter