Assistant Professor, Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Archive Date: 
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Physics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, invites applications for a faculty position in Astrophysics, specializing in the study of exoplanets. Faculty members at MIT conduct research, teach undergraduate and graduate physics courses, and supervise graduate and undergraduate participation in research. Candidates must show promise in teaching as well as in research. A Ph.D. in physics or physics-related discipline is required by the start of employment. Preference will be given to applicants at the Assistant Professor level.

Current astrophysics faculty are active in broad areas of observational and theoretical astrophysics, including optical/IR, radio, and high energy astronomy; studies of exoplanets; gravitational wave science; and observational and theoretical cosmology. MIT hosts the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, whose faculty and research staff contribute instrumentation for and conduct research using several facilities including the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), the Magellan telescopes, the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA), the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME), the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), as well as an in-house high-performance computing cluster. We seek candidates who have both the potential for and strong commitment to innovation and leadership in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and share the Principles of our Community. A complete application includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a 1‐ to 2‐page statement on research and one on teaching and mentoring, and three letters of recommendation to be uploaded to Recognizing that educational experiences of all students are enhanced when the diversity of their backgrounds is acknowledged and valued, we ask candidates to articulate (in the teaching and mentoring statement, and, as appropriate, in the cover letter or research statement) their views on inclusivity and equity as they pertain to teaching, mentorship, research, and service. Enquiries should be directed to Prof. Claude Canizares, Search Committee Chair,

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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Attention To: 
Prof. Claude Canizares
Search Committee Chair