Lowell Observatory invites applications for tenure-track or tenured research positions in astronomy, astrophysics, or planetary science. We are open to applicants at any career level who can build on current strengths or open new areas for Lowell Observatory. The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of research accomplishment. Demonstrated ability or potential to obtain significant external funding to support research programs is also essential. A Ph.D. in astronomy, planetary science, or a related field is required. Candidates are invited to describe how they would make use of our observational facilities, but we will give equal consideration to all research areas. The start date for this position is flexible but no later than Fall, 2013.
Lowell Observatory is a research institution where the staff engages full time in projects of their own design. The successful candidate will join an ongoing expansion of our scientific and engineering staff to maximize the potential of our new 4.3-meter Discovery Channel Telescope, now in the commissioning phase, in partnership with Discovery Communications, Boston University, the University of Toledo, the University of Maryland, and Goddard. First light instrumentation for the DCT includes an optical imager, a low resolution, high throughput IR spectrograph, and a medium resolution optical spectrograph. A moderate (R~5000) resolution NIR spectrograph/imager is under construction by Goddard, and an optical echelle is planned. Lowell also maintains 1.8-m, 1.1-m, and 0.8-m telescopes equipped with optical and IR imagers and spectrographs, operated in partnership with Boston University and Georgia State University. We are also a partner with the US Naval Observatory and the Naval Research Laboratory in the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer. The local astronomical community is large, including USGS, Northern Arizona University, and the US Naval Observatory, providing ample opportunity for collaborations. Lowell Observatory offers numerous opportunities for involvement in education and outreach as well.
To apply: Send applications electronically to email@example.com. Applications should include (1) a completed Lowell Observatory application (found on www.lowell.edu), (2) a curriculum vitae with bibliography, (2) a brief (3 pages or less) outline of your research interests and future plans, and (3) the names and mail/email addresses of three individuals who have agreed to serve as professional references. Do not ask for reference letters to be sent in advance. Applications must be received by December 1, 2012 for full consideration.
Lowell Observatory is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and provides equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital and family status.
Lowell Observatory provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. This non-smoking campus is at an elevation of 7,200 ft/2200m. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources office for assistance.