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Harvard University Assistant Professor of Astronomy in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Assistant Professor of Astronomy

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Astronomy

Position Description

The Department of Astronomy seeks to appoint a tenure-track professor in any subfield of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The appointment is expected to begin in July 2024. The person hired will join the Department of Astronomy and the Harvard College Observatory as part of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard &Smithsonian. The tenure-track professor will be responsible for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, for conducting a vibrant and collaborative research program, for the advising and mentorship of junior scientists, and for contributing broadly to the scientific atmosphere of our department and the CfA. The department views in inclusiveness and excellence as interconnected in the work of its faculty, and we therefore seek candidates who are committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational and research environment.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate or terminal degree in Astronomy, Physics, or related discipline required by the time the appointment begins.

Additional Qualifications

Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching, advising, and broadening institutional diversity is desired.

Special Instructions

Special Instructions: Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (https:// Candidates are encouraged to apply by November 13, 2023; applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

  1. Cover letter

  2. Curriculum Vitae

  3. Teaching/advising statement (describing teaching philosophy and practices)

  4. Research statement

  5. Statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas.

  6. Names and contact information of 3-5 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received. At least one letter must come from someone who has not served as the candidate’s undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral advisor.

Applicants facing extenuating circumstances due to the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine may contact the search co-chairs to request an extension to the deadline. The length of the approved extension will depend on the need but will not exceed two weeks beyond the original deadline.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC -recommended vaccines.

Contact Information

Prof. David Charbonneau and Prof. Alyssa Goodman, Co-Chairs, Search Committee, Department of Astronomy, and

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Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed 5


Keywords: astronomy, astrophysics, assistant, associate, faculty, instructor, tenure track, Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MA, Northeast, New England

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