Assistant Curator of Computational Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Archive Date: 
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Planetarium
Institution/Company: 
American Museum of Natural History
Department Name: 
Department of Astrophysics
Street Line 1: 
79th Street at Central Park West
City: 
New York
State/Province: 
NY
Zip/Postal: 
10024-5192
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Astrophysics of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) seeks a tenure-track Assistant Curator and Professor in astrophysical computation or data science, to start on or after July 1, 2018.  The position will begin with a three-year 50% joint appointment as an Associate Research Scientist with the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Flatiron Institute, renewable for up to three more years, and followed by a full-time appointment at the Museum.  Tenure and promotion evaluations will follow standard AMNH practices during or after the joint appointment as appropriate.

Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about the external universe, our planet and the life it hosts, and human cultures through wide-ranging programs of scientific research, education, and exhibition. The CCA mission is to create new computational frameworks that allow scientists to analyze big astronomical datasets and to understand complex, multi-scale physics in a cosmological and astronomical context. It possesses substantial high-performance computing assets.

The primary responsibility of curators at the Museum is to perform and supervise original scientific research, as well as to curate any relevant collections. They are also expected to provide service to the Museum. This can include advising programs in exhibition, including Hayden Planetarium Space Shows, education, including participation in the Richard Gilder Graduate School, or other forms of public outreach. An Associate Research Scientist at the CCA is expected to carry out research and to interact with the other members of the CCA staff and the broader NYC astrophysics community, and will have full access to the Flatiron Institute’s facilities.

Applicants are required to have a PhD or equivalent, and to have demonstrated scientific creativity and the potential to build and sustain an innovative research program. We are particularly interested in applicants working in planet formation or exoplanetary science, and related fields, but applications will be considered in all fields of computational research overlapping departmental interests, including: planet formation (including meteoritics); star formation; the interstellar medium; galaxy formation; comparative exoplanetary science; planet and brown dwarf atmospheres and dynamics; star cluster origins and dynamics; and the final stages of single and multiple stellar evolution.

Applications should be in PDF format and include a cover letter; a CV with a list of publications; a research statement of no more than five pages including figures and references; a statement addressing Museum service interests and relevant experience; and copies of five significant publications.  We are committed to building a broadly diverse educational environment, so the service statement should also address this objective. Applicants should request three letters of reference to be sent separately. (Others may be solicited during the search process.) All materials should be submitted to astrosearch@amnh.org. Evaluation of applications will begin on 15 December 2017.

For more information about Flatiron Institute positions, please visit the Simons Foundation careers website linked below. Further inquiries about the position should be directed to Mordecai-Mark Mac Low (mordecai@amnh.org). The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Included Benefits: 

Full benefits package including health and dental insurance (variable cost depending on program chosen), defined benefit (pension) and defined contribution  (401k) retirement package, and other benefits.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 15, 2017
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, March 30, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Mordecai-Mark Mac Low
Title: 
Chair, Search Committee
Institution/Company: 
American Museum of Natural History
Department Name: 
Dept. of Astrophysics
Street Line 1: 
79th Street at Central Park West
City: 
New York
State/Province: 
NY
Zip/Postal Code: 
10024-5192
Country: 
United States of America
Phone: 
212-496-3443
FAX: 
212-769-5007
Email: 
astrosearch@amnh.org
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Mordecai-Mark Mac Low
Subject: 
job inquiry from AAS
Email: 
mordecai@amnh.org