Cornell University, Astronomy

Position ID:Cornell-Astronomy-ASSISTANTPROFESSOR [#25604, WDR-00039989]
Position Title: Astronomy Assistant Professor - Tenure Track
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Astronomy / Observational
Appl Deadline:2023/11/15 11:59PMhelp popup** filled (posted 2023/09/07, listed until 2023/11/15)
Position Description:    

*** the listing date or deadline for this position has passed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Astronomy Department at Cornell University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level. We seek new colleagues to join our Department and the university community. We encourage candidates who demonstrate outstanding research and commitment to teaching and community development within observational astronomy, especially extragalactic, to apply. Successful candidates will have a research program that enhances Cornell’s high-visibility program by either building on current strengths or introducing new directions that complement areas of ongoing work. Current Department members use a wide range of space- and ground-based astronomical facilities and are actively engaged in developing the CCAT Observatory, which includes the 6-meter aperture Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST) operating on Cerro Chajnantor in Chile overlooking the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA).

We particularly encourage applicants from groups that are underrepresented in physical sciences, such as women; Black, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, and Latinx scholars; as well as individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans. We expect candidates to have an established record of high-impact research and to demonstrate the potential to build an externally-funded independent research program. The successful candidate will teach and advise a diverse set of undergraduate and graduate students, and so a record of excellence in and/or commitment to teaching, mentorship and diversity are sought. A Ph.D. in astronomy or a closely related field is required, and postdoctoral experience is preferred.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with publications, a statement of research, a statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy and three letters of recommendation. Only complete applications will be considered.

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The target start date for the appointment is July 1, 2024. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

[Pay Range: $76,200 - $211,000] Actual salary offers in the College of Arts and Sciences will be based on education, experience, discipline, department equity and relevant skills.

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
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122 Sciences Drive
Cornell Campus
Ithaca New York 14853