Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Observational Astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook
United States of America
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Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Observational Astronomy


Location: Stony Brook, NY


Open Date:

Nov 18, 2021



Jan 05, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time




The at Stony Brook University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in observational astronomy. Applicants in all areas of observational astronomy are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome candidates with an interest in transient / time-domain astronomy.


The person holding this position will report to the Chair of the Physics and Astronomy Department. The successful applicant will be expected to engage in independently funded research characterized by creativity and vision. The faculty member will perform research on topics of the member's choice in observational astronomy, possibly in addition to other topics in astronomy and astrophysics. Preference given to those with experience in transient/time-domain astronomy. The faculty member may collaborate with senior members of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and of the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics (YITP) with interests in astronomy, as well as with their peers at other educational institutes. During the academic year the faculty member may be asked to give seminars on the member's work. The faculty member will teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses at the Department of Physics and Astronomy and will be expected to encourage, and as appropriate participate in, the research and mentorship of graduate students and postdoctoral associates. The faculty member will participate in departmental, university and professional service.


The successful candidate will join the at Stony Brook. The group is home to a variety of research topics, ranging from exoplanets to cosmology. Our faculty members are active in the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (, the, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (, the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (, the,, and Stony Brook is a member of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (, and the Small & Moderate Aperture Research Telescope System ( consortium.


Our group has strong computational expertise, and close ties with Stony Brook's Institute for Advanced Computational Science ( and the Center for Computational Astrophysics ( at the We work closely with the other physics programs at Stony Brook, including the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics ( and the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (, as well as nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory (




Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics or closely related field and a record of research related to observational astronomy.


Preferred Qualifications:

Additional postdoctoral experience and a demonstrated record of research leadership in observational astronomy and experience in transient/time-domain astronomy.


Application Instructions


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Applications will be made through the Interfolio web service (position number 86623). They should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement, a statement of teaching philosophy, and names and affiliations of at least three references. The candidate should use the options provided at the Interfolio website to request the letters of references. Applications received by Jan 5, 2022 will receive full consideration.


In accordance with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) order that all hospitals and nursing homes “continuously require all personnel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19,” Candidates who are not already vaccinated must obtain the first dose of the vaccine within three (3) calendar days of acceptance of conditional job offer and must obtain any subsequent doses in accordance with the vaccine protocol. The order also includes those who may be affiliated with or interact with employees of a hospital or nursing home. The order allows for limited medical exemptions with reasonable accommodations, consistent with applicable law.


The selected candidate must successfully clear a background investigation.


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Campus Description:


Stony Brook University, one of four research intensive campuses within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is widely regarded as its flagship. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate and professional education of the highest quality, and its rankings bear that out. It is included among the top 1% of universities in the world by the 2018 QS World University Rankings and among the top 40 public universities by U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges rankings. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, composed of the top 62 research institutions in North America. As Long Island’s largest single site employer, Stony Brook has nearly 15,000 full- and part-time employees, including more than 2,700 faculty and an estimated 26,800 students — 17,900 undergraduate students and 8,900 graduate students — and offers more than 200 majors, minors and combined-degree programs. The Department of Athletics supports 18 Division I varsity intercollegiate athletic programs that compete at the highest level within the NCAA. Located approximately 60 miles east of Manhattan on Long Island’s beautiful North Shore, Stony Brook is situated on 1,454 wooded acres, encompassing 13 schools and colleges; a Research and Development Park; world-class athletics facilities, including an 8,300-seat stadium and a 4,000-seat arena; and Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island’s premier academic medical center. Also part of the University is a teaching and research campus in Southampton, New York, which offers graduate arts programs and is the site of the Marine Sciences Center. In addition, Stony Brook has a role in running, and performs joint research with, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the only Department of Energy Laboratory in the Northeast. Home to the Emerson String Quartet, the Pollock-Krasner House in East Hampton, NY, and the Humanities Institute, with endeavors that extend to the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, Stony Brook sustains an international reputation that cuts across the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.


About the College:


As part of a great research university, the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University incubates creative work and scholarship in fundamental disciplines, connecting with medicine, technology, public policy, culture, education, the arts, business and environment. As the liberal arts college for the campus, we help students and faculty explore diverse possibilities that exceed their initial expectations and prepare for a lifetime of learning and discovery.


Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning, and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information,veteran status and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.


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Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
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