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Tenure Track Faculty Positions

Place/Institution (alphabetical) People (in boldface if accepted)
Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ad) Deadline Jan 15, 2018.  Shortlisted candidates invited for interviews, including Hsi-Wei Yen, Ya-Wen Tang, Takashi Okamoto, Kenneth Wong, Andrew Cooper, Hsi-Yu Schive (rumor based on the colloquium schedule).
American Museum of Natural History (ad) Deadline Dec 15.  Some rejections sent.  Longlist includes: Ramses Ramirez. Shortlist includes Jake Simon, Blakesley Burkhart, Camille Avestruz, Ruth Angus.
University of Bath (Lecturer in Observational Astrophysics) (ad) Deadline 31 October 2017. Rejections sent. Interviews scheduled. Position filled. 
University of Bath (Lecturer in Theoretical Astrophysics) (ad) Deadline 31 October 2017. Rejections sent.  Short list includes Nicholas Stone, Federico Marinacci, Dave Tsang.
Bates College (ad) Deadline Jan 10, 2018. Longlist zoom interviews completed, campus short list candidates notified
Boston University (astronomy; ad)

Deadline Dec 15, 2017. All shortlist notifications made. Declinations communicated.

Bowdoin (astronomy; ad) Deadline Oct 15, 2017. Ad says phone interviews in October. Candidates have been contacted, some rejections sent. Search failed; redoing next year.
Brigham Young University (physics, astronomy, education; ad) Deadline Nov 15, 2017, but late applications may be considered. References requested.  Skype interviews conducted.  Campus interviews being conducted, including Peter Brown
Brown (planetary science; ad) Deadline Sep 1, 2017. Alexander Evans
Cal Poly Pomona (phys & astro; ad) Deadline Nov 20, 2017. Skype interviews. Some rejections sent. Shortlist notified; campus interviews scheduled. 
California State University, Northridge (ad) Deadline Dec 11, 2017. 50 applicants. Shortlist made and candidates notified. Includes Luca Ricci, Tim Morton, Andrea Banzatti.
Caltech (astronomy & astrophysics; ad) Review begins Nov 1, 2017; aps accepted until filled, Any news? Campus interviews ongoing.
Caltech (planetary science; https://applications.caltech.edu/job/ps) Review begins Mar 16, 2018.
Caltech (physics; ad) Review begins Dec 1, 2017; aps accepted until filled
Cardiff University (transient astronomy; ad) Deadline Mar 22, 2018.
CASSACA Assistant Professorship/Staff Scientist Deadline Sep 30, 2017. Offer made to Claudio Ricci
Primus Research Programme, Charles University, Prague (tenure-track, ad) Deadline Apr 9, 2018.
CNRS Benjamin Charnay, Laure Ciesla, Timea Csengeri, Nadège Lagarde, Joakim Rosdahl, Vassilissa Vinogradoff. Waiting list: Antoine Strugarek, Laura Bernard.
Cornell (planetary/exoplanetary; ad) Deadline Nov 1, 2017. Shortlist made, including Radwan Tajeddine, Diana Dragomir, Erik Petigura, Eve Lee, Laura Schaefer, and 5 others.  Some rejections sent. Offer made.
Dartmouth College (ad) Deadline 26 November 2017. New applications may be considered until filled. Candidates contacted for longlist/AAS interviews. Some rejections sent. Some shortlist visits scheduled (see colloquium schedule). Offer made: Jedidah Isler
Duke University (ad) Deadline Dec 1, 2017. Rejections sent.  One offer made to Dan Scolnic. One offer made to Chihway Chang.
Fermilab Wilson Fellowship (ad) Deadline Oct 27, 2017. Shortlist includes (rumor source): Joseph Zennamo, David Martinez Caicedo, Haichen Wang, Chihway Chang, Alex Drlica-Wagner. Offer made including: Alex Drlica-Wagner
Hampshire College (ad) Deadline Sep 15. Skype interviews set, including Jonathan Cornell. Search cancelled.
Harvey Mudd College (ad) Deadline Nov 3. Skype interviews set, including Camille Avestruz. Position accepted; rejections sent.
High Point University Position filled
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (ad) Tenured/Tenure-track faculty - observartional/experimental
Howard University (ad) Review of applications starts Jan 24, 2018. Any news?
ICRAR/UWA (ad) Shortlist made, on campus interviews being conducted.
Indiana University (physics) (ad) Deadline Nov 15. Allison McCarn Deiana, Kim Siang Khaw, Kalliopi Iordanidou, Christopher Meyer, Alex Drlica-Wagner. Two offers made: Christopher Meyer (accepted), Alex Drlica-Wagner
Ghent University (ad) Offered to Arjen van der Wel.
Gonzaga University Position filled
Instito de Astronomia UNAM (ad) Deadline January 31, 2018
Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Dark Energy and Dark Matter Scientist (ad) Any news?  At least some rejections sent.
KIAA / Peking University (ad) Deadline Nov 30, 2017.  Rejections sent.
Lancaster University (ad) Deadline Nov 15, 2017. Offer made.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Physics (ad)

Deadline Jan 15, 2018. Some shortlisted candidates contacted. Andreu Font-Ribera, Colin Hill, Simone Ferraro, Julien Guy, Alex Drlica-Wagner

Liège University (ad)

Deadline Sep 15, 2017. Three candidates invited for interviews.
Lowell Observatory (ad) Deadline Aug 31, 2017. Offers made.
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), Heidelberg Deadline Jan 15, 2018. Interviews on 22nd March. Shortlist includes Elisa Chisari.
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Potsdam (ad) Deadline Dec 15, 2017
McGill (exoplanets, ad)

Deadline Nov 29, 2017. Shortlist made. Offer made to Eve Lee.

Michigan State University (Data Science, ad) Deadline Dec 1, 2017. Shortlisted candidates invited for interviews. Wolfgang Kerzendorf.
Missouri S&T (ad) Deadline Jan 1, 2018. Shortlist made, including Jake Simon
Missouri State University (ad) Deadline Dec 1, 2017. Any news?
MIT (astrophysics, ad) Deadline Nov 1, 2017. Candidates contacted for on-site interviews. Offers made to Kiyoshi Masui and Erin Kara.
Monash University (gravitational wave astrophysics, ad) Deadline Nov 12, 2017. Rejections sent.
Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Assistant Professor with Tenure Track (ad)

Deadline Dec 30, 2017.

Shortlist contacted (March 20), including Massimo Gaspari, Ragnhild Lunnan.

NC State University (astrophysics theory and observation, ad) Deadline Dec 1st, 2017. Shortlist made, including Massimo Gaspari. Offer made (declined).
Northwestern University, Professor of Instruction (ad) Deadline Jan 2, 2018. Any news? 
Occidental College (ad) Deadline Nov. 1, 2017.  Phone interviews conducted, invitations for on campus interviews sent out.
Ohio State University (exoplanets or planetary science, ad) Deadline Dec. 1, 2017. Shortlist made. (see colloquium schedule). Offer pending
Oxford (cosmology) Deadline 30 Aug 2017.  Shortlist made: Alonso, Bucher, Chisari, Hildebrandt, Hill. Offered to Alonso.
University of Pennsylvania (ad)

Deadline 1 December 2017. Shortlist contacted, including Daniel Tamayo, Blakesley Burkhart, Colin Hill.  All shortlist members have been contacted.

Portsmouth Cosmology  (ad) Shortlist includes Hendrik Hildebrandt. Offer made to Hendrik Hildebrandt

Purple Mountain Observatory (ad)
3-4 positions available in new cosmology group.

Deadline Jan 5th, 2018. Candidates contacted for on-site interviews, including Cristiano Sabiu.

Rice University  (ad)

Deadline Dec. 15, 2017. At least some rejections sent.
Rice (Data Science) (ad) Deadline Sep. 15, 2017. Shortlist includes: Christopher Tunnell
Rockhurst University (ad) Review begins Nov 15, 2017, aps accepted until filled. Phone interviews conducted. On-site interviews conducted.
Rutgers University (ad)

Deadline Nov 15, 2017.  Short list includes
Kristen McQuinn, Colin Hill, Dan Scolnic, Jake Simon, Eli Visbal, and Blakesley Burkhart. Offer accepted Kristen McQuinn and Blakesley Burkhart.

Saint Mary's University, tenure-track assistant professor (ad)

Deadline Dec 31, 2017.  At least some shortlisted candidates have been contacted.
Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (ad) Deadline Nov 30, 2017.  Candidates contacted for interviews
SLAC Panofsky Fellowship (ad) Deadline Dec 1, 2017. Shortlist includes: Caterina Vernieri, Tsuguo Aramaki, Alex Drlica-Wagner
Southern Methodist University (ad) Deadline Oct 31, 2017. Shortlist includes Joel Meyers, Aaron Zimmerman, Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine, Nicholas Stone. Two offers made, including Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine (declined).
Stockholm University (ad) Deadline January 31, 2018. Candidates notified that appointment board formed (4/11); shortlist expected early May.
Stockholm University (assistant professor; ad) Deadline May 15, 2018.
Texas Christian University (ad) Deadline January 19, 2018. At least some candidates contacted for Skype interviews. Some candidates contacted for on campus interviews, including Jake Simon. 
Texas Tech University, two postions, one for observational astronomy, one for gravitational wave astronomy Deadline December 1, 2017.  Observational shortlist made, candidates contacted.  Four observational candidates visiting.
Tsinghua University (ad) Deadline Nov 30, 2017.  Candidates invited for interviews
United States Naval Academy (ad1) (ad2) Job register says deadline late Jan, but USNA job page says application review began November 15. Explanation: USNA is conducting a rolling search - applications still being accepted. Some candidates contacted for on campus interviews. Jamie Lomax

University of Arizona (ad

Focus on Astrophysics or Planetary SmallSats. 

Deadline open until Filled.
University of California, Berkeley (ad) Deadline Nov 15, 2017.Shortlist includes (rumor source):  John Alison, Chihway Chang, Alex Drlica-Wagner, Heather Gray, Haichen Wang
University of California, Los Angeles (ad) Due Jan 16, 2018.  Some rec letters requested. Some candidates invited, including Sarah Ballard, Rebecca Jensen-Clem, Erik Petigura, Tuan Do, Ji Wang, Lauren Weiss
University of California, Santa Cruz (extragalactic, ad) Due Dec 01, 2017. Short list made, candidates invited for interviews. offer made.
University of Central Florida (Orlando) Planetary Science - Exoplanet Atmospheric Theorist (Assistant, ad) Review begins Nov 15, 2017, aps accepted until filled. Some skype interviews conducted. Campus visits scheduled. Shortlist includes: Ramses Ramirez

University of Central Florida (Orlando) Planetary Science - Space Instrumentation (Assist/Assoc, ad)

Review begins Nov 15, 2017, aps accepted until filled.
University of Chicago (ad) Review begins Jan 15, 2018, apps fully considered before Feb 15, 2018.  Some shortlist candidates contacted for interviews.
University of Chicago - Provost's Fellowship (tenure-track Instructor w/ promotion to Assist, ad) Applications due Dec 15. Some short list notifications made, candidates invited for interviews.
U. of Colorado, Boulder (transients, ad)

Deadline Nov 17, 2017. Shortlist made. Some rejections sent.  135 applications received (see colloquium schedule). Offer made (declined).

U. of Concepción (ad) Faculty Positions, due November 1st, 2017. Some rejections sent.

University of Delaware

Faculty position in Astroparticle Physics (ad & apply)

Deadline Dec 31st, 2017. Shortlist includes: Elena Orlando

U. Diego Portales Deadline Sept. 18, 2017. Claudio Ricci, Alice Zurlo
University of Florida (Gainesville) Astronomy (data/computationally intensive) (ad) Deadline Dec 1st, 2017. Shortlist contacted, including Massimo Gaspari. Offers made to Zack Slepian and Paul Torrey
University of Florida (Gainesville) Astronomy (planetary sciences)  (ad) Deadline Dec 1st 2017. Offer made to Paola Pinilla.
University of Florida (Gainesville) Physics (theoretical astrophysics)  (ad) Deadline Nov 15th 2017. Shortlist includes Vera Gluscevic, Nicholas Stone. Offers made.
University of Hawaii / Dept. of Physics and Astronomy (Junior Faculty) (physics education, ad) Deadline: Dec 15, 2017. Candidates contacted for phone interviews, including Cristiano Sabiu.
University of Hawaii / Institute for Astronomy (cosmology, http://inspirehep.net/record/1628768 ) Deadline: Dec. 11, 2017.  Shortlist made, including Colin Hill, Ilias Cholis, David Rubin, Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine, Alex Drlica-Wagner, Nicholas Stone, Yashar Hezaveh (colloquium schedule).  Candidates invited for interviews.  Offers made, including Colin Hill, Nicholas Stone, Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine.
University of Hawaii / Institute for Astronomy (Hilo) (ad) Deadline: Jan. 12, 2018. Any news?
University of Hong Kong (ad) Deadline Dec 31, 2017. Longlist for references.

University of Kansas (Assistant Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics) (ad)

Offer made and accepted: Allison Kirkpatrick

University of Kentucky (Assistant or Associate Professor in Observational Astronomy) (ad) Review begins Dec 1, 2017 (open until filled). Shortlist made, candidates contacted.
University of Melbourne, ASTRO-3D Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (astrophysics ; ad) Deadline Oct 15, 2017. Shortlist made.
University of Memphis (ad) Deadline Dec 15, 2017. Shortlist made, includes Jake Simon. Shortlisted candidates invited for interviews (see colloquium schedule). Offer made
University of Montreal (ad) Deadline Dec 5, 2017. Shortlist made, some rejections sent. Offer made to Yashar Hezaveh.
University of Nevada, Reno (Assistant Professor) (ad)

Deadline: Oct 31, 2017.  Some phone interviews conducted (including Peter Brown, Francisco Muller-Sanchez).  Shortlist contacted for in-person interviews, including Nicholas Stone, Peter Brown, Andrea Banzatti, Peter Maksym.

University of New Hampshire (Associate or assistant professor in solar, space, or planetary science) (ad) Deadline: Oct. 16, 2017. Two offers made.
University of New Mexico (astroparticle physics/observational astronomy) (ad) Deadline: Nov 15, 2017. Shortlist made, including (from seminar schedule) Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine, Alex Drlica-Wagner, Darcy Barron, Asa Bluck. Offers made, including Alex Drlica-Wagner (declined), Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine.
University of New South Wales (http://inspirehep.net/record/1624583 ) Deadline: Oct 17, 2017
Shortlist includes: Ema Dimastrogiovanni, Matteo Fasiello
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (observational/experimental, ad) Deadline Nov 30, 2017. Shortlist made, candidates contacted (see colloquium schedule). Offer made to Andrew Mann.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (ad) Deadline Jan 10, 2018. Short list candidates contacted for phone interviews. Some campus visits scheduled
University of Northern Colorado (ad) Deadline Dec 4, 2017. Any news?
University of Oslo (cosmology, ad) Deadline Jan 1, 2018
University of Oslo (extragalactic astrophysics, ad) Deadline Jan 1, 2018. Candidates notified that external selection board formed Feb 14, 2018. "The selection board's report shall normally be submitted within three (3) months after nomination of the board."
University of Oslo (solar physics, ad) Deadline Jan 1, 2018
University of Pittsburgh (Assistant Professor, Surveys/Extragalactic/Cosmology) (ad) Deadline: Nov 1st, 2017.  Shortlist includes: Chihway Chang, Alex Drlica-Wagner, Yashar Hezaveh, Sean Johnson, Robyn Sanderson, and Dan Scolnic. Offered to Robyn Sanderson.
University of Sao Paulo (Cosmology, tenure-track) (ad) Applications start Nov. 24th; deadline mid-February. Preference for observational cosmology.

University of Southern California (Gravitational Waves/Cosmology, ad)

Deadline Nov 15, 2017. Shortlist includes Ely Kovetz, Dan Scolnic, Nicholas Stone, Aaron Zimmerman.  Offer made to Dan Scolnic.

University of Tampa (ad) Any news? Some longlist interviews conducted. Position filled (no other information given).
University of Texas at Austin (ad)

Deadline Dec 1st 2017. Longlist interviews conducted. Shortlist scheduled. Shortlist includes Erik Petigura. Some rejections sent. Offer made to Caroline Morley

University of Texas at Austin (Physics) (ad) Deadline November 6, 2017. Interviews conducted. Aaron Zimmerman
University of Toledo (ad) Deadline 20 November 2017. Candidates invited to phone interviews (including Francisco Muller-Sanchez). Shortlist made and includes Kristen McQuinn, Diana Dragomir (see colloquium scedule)
University of Toronto (ad) Deadline Jul 15, 2017. Observer wanted. Rejections sent. Maria Drout
Universtiy of Washington Bothell (ad) Review begins Dec 4, 2017; On-campus interviews scheduled. Shortlist includes Kiyoshi Masui.
Ursinus College (ad) Some rejections sent; on-campus interviews are underway. Position filled. At least some rejections sent.
Villanova (ad) Deadline Nov 30. Any news? Pinged for update, expect shortlist in ~a week (late Feb.). Position has been filled (no other information given). 
Virginia Tech (particle physics phenomenology, including astro-ph, ad) Deadline Dec 1, 2017.  Shortlisted candidates: Ninetta Saviano, Mauricio Bustamante, Ilias Cholis, Yonatan Kahn. Offer made to Yonatan Kahn.
Washburn University (ad) Review begins Dec. 1, 2017 Some Skype interviews conducted. Some candidates invited to campus. Offer made and accepted

Williams College (Assistant Professor of Astronomy)https://apply.interfolio.com/42942

Deadline Oct. 30, 2017 (Observational Astronomy). Anne Jaskot
Yale University (Assistant Professor, Geology & Geophysics) (ad)

Review begins Nov. 1.  Shortlist includes: Christopher Spalding

Yale-NUS College (ad) Chelsea Sharon
University of Geneva (Associate or Assitant Professor in Exoplanets) (Ad) Deadline Oct 5th 2017. Rejections sent. Interviews set for end of April. Shortlist includes: Sarah Rugheimer, Laura Schaefer. 








Science Staff and Management Positions

Place/Institution (alphabetical) People (in boldface if accepted)
Director of the Laboratory of Adaptive Optics (ad) Deadline May 1, 2018
AURA/LSST Outreach Specialist Position (ad)

Deadline Dec 1, 2017;  Position not filled 

Breakthrough Listen (UC Berkeley Astronomy, Project Scientist, ad) Open until filled.

Flatiron Institute (Associate Researcher, ad)

Deadline Nov 1, 2018; any news?
Gemini Observatory (Assistant Scientist, ad) Shortlist made. Interviews completed. Position filled.
Hobby-Eberly Telescope (Resident Astronomer) Deadline Dec 17, 2017; any news?
Las Cumbres Observatory (Staff Scientist / Senior Staff Scientist, ad) Deadline Nov 1, 2017. Some rejections sent.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Civil Servant positions in Solar System Exploration Erin Ryan
NRAO NAASC staff scientist positions (2) Deadline Dec 29, 2017. At least some candidates contacted. Any news? At least some offers made.
Research Scientist for SPECULOOS/TRAPPIST Observatory at MIT (ad) Deadline, Jan 15, 2018. Some rejections sent.
STScI Education and Outreach Scientist

Deadline, Jan 19 2018. In-person interviews in progress.

STScI Archive Scientists with MAST

1 HST position; 1 JWST position.  All interviews done and first-round offers made.

STScI Analysts and Software Engineers 2018 (https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/0c56ca39)

Deadline Feb 16, 2018. Any news?

Archive Analyst position moved to in-person interviews in Baltimore. No idea of offers yet.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (SDSS Research Scientist, ad)

Deadline March 31, 2018
University of Montreal/CSA, JWST EPO Lead Deadline March 31, 2018.
University of Washington (LSST Research Scientist, ad) Offer made.
Lawrence Livermore (Research Scientist, ad) Deadline Aug 30, 2017. Offers made to Josh Meyers and Alex Drlica-Wagner
Wellesley College (Astronomy Laboratory Instructor and Observatory Manager, ad) Deadline Dec 15, 2017. Some candidates invited for skype interviews. 

Williams College (Lecturer and Observatory Supervisor) https://apply.interfolio.com/42943

Deadline Oct. 30, 2017

W.M Keck Observatory (Support Astronomer) Open until filled. Any news ?
NASA GSFC (Deputy Observatory Project Scientist for JWST) Some interviews completed. News?

Faculty Shuffle

Person (alphabetical) Old Institution New Institution
Richard de Grijs KIAA, Peking University Macquarie University (Associate Dean)
Will Percival ICG, Portsmouth University of Waterloo

Volker Springel

HITS, Heidelberg University Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics
Karen Masters ICG, Portsmouth Haverford College
Peter Coles Cardiff Maynooth University
Will Farr Birmingham

Stony Brook/CCA

Phil Armitage Colorado, Boulder Stony Brook/CCA
Neal Dalal University of Illinois

Perimeter Institute

Günther Hasinger IfA, Hawaii ESA Director of Science
Bernhard Muller Queen's University Belfast Monash university
Shirely Ho Lawrence Berkeley Lab/ CMU Flatiron Institute-CCA


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