Research Assistant Professor- Astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Archive Date: 
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (visiting and non-tenure)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Washington
Department Name: 
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Position Description

The Astronomy Department in the University of Washington invites applications for the position of Research Assistant Professor. We are seeking candidates who will complement and extend the department's initiatives in statistics, machine learning and computational methods applied to time domain astrophysics. This position is available immediately.

Members of the Astronomy department are active in many of the current and planned astronomical surveys including SDSS IV and V, ZTF, and WFIRST. The university was one of the founders of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the department maintains a large group developing the algorithms and software for scheduling and processing the LSST data. The department has a share in the 3.5m telescope at Apache Point Observatory, which is used for followup observations of transient and variable sources. We encourage applications from candidates whose research programs will exploit these or other survey and time domain data sets. To support this work, the Astronomy Department at the University of Washington ( seeks to fill a full-time 12 month, non-tenured, research faculty position at the level of Research Assistant  Professor. The successful candidate will be expected to lead forefront research, obtain extramural funding, and foster an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent degree in Physics, Astronomy, or a closely related field. Previous experience in developing methods and software for analyzing time-domain data is required. 


Materials should be submitted through Interfolio. Please use the following link:

Please submit a CV, bibliography, and a statement of research plans. Candidate should arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; to ensure full consideration, please send your application by December 12, 2019. If you have any questions please email the Astronomy Department at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint
( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal
opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

Included Benefits: 

For detailed information about the benefits available through the University of Washington, including dental, medical and disability insurance, retirement, and childcare centers, see the University of Washington benefits page:

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Dr. Julianne Dalcanton
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