The Pennsylvania State University, Institute for CyberScience

Position ID:PSU-ICS-ECOSICSCOHIRE [#14586, PSU Job Number 90755]
Position Title: Tenure-Track/Tenured Faculty Positions in Data Science for Large Astronomical Surveys
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Data Science
Statistics
Physics
Astrophysics
Computer Science
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2019/09/17, updated 2019/09/12)
Position Description:    

Penn State is adding new open-rank faculty positions to build on existing excellence in astrophysics, data sciences, computational and statistical sciences, through a cluster hire with a theme of Data Sciences for application to large astronomical surveys, such as the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. We seek outstanding data scientists with experience developing and/or applying advanced statistical and computational methods to making research breakthroughs with large astronomical surveys, a compelling vision for extending their research program into the LSST-era, and a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary research and education. This cluster hire initiative at Penn State is a partnership of the Institute of CyberScience (ICS) with the College of Engineering (CoE) and the Eberly College of Science (ECoS). New faculty will be offered an appointment and tenure home in one of many excellent Departments in CoE or ECoS and will be encouraged to pursue multidisciplinary research in collaboration with faculty across these departments and ICS. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., astronomy, astrophysics, big data systems, computer science, data sciences, high-performance computing, informatics, machine learning, physics, or statistics) prior to starting. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds, candidates interested in developing interdisciplinary research programs to increase the scientific impact of LSST, and candidates interested in teaching in Computer Science and/or Data Sciences, a new intercollege undergraduate major. The Institute for CyberScience, one of Penn State’s five university-wide research institutes, connects researchers from numerous disciplines to answer critical scientific questions and societal issues through cyber-enabled research and methodology. ICS has nearly 300 affiliated faculty, with over 20 tenure-track co-hired faculty, engaged in interdisciplinary computation and data enabled research. Our affiliated faculty utilize our ICS operated Advanced Cyber Infrastructure (ICS-ACI), Penn State’s high-performance research cloud, which is in the top 15 among our peers. Successful candidates will become part of the Institute for CyberScience.They will be expected to contribute to a collaborative, interdisciplinary, scholarly community focused on the development and application of innovative computational and statistical methods. Candidates are encouraged to identify collaboration opportunities within ICS and/or Penn State’s others centers of excellence, such as the Center for Astrostatistics, Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics, Center for Machine Learning and Applications, and Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos. Penn State offers access to an outstanding collaborative environment, world-class instrumentation and research facilities, as well as highly competitive salaries and startup packages. Penn State is a member institution of the LSST, a partner in the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) and the HET Dark Energy Experiment