Astrophysics Jobs Rumor Mill 2016-2017 - Faculty & Staff
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Tenure Track Faculty Positions
|Place/Institution (alphabetical)||People (in boldface if accepted)|
|Shorlist made. Offer made to Ke-Jung Chen.|
Brandeis University (ad)
|Due December 1, 2016. Shortlist made. Colloquium schedule includes Marcelle Soares Santos, Francisco Muller-Sanchez, Esra Bulbul, Francesca Civano, Brooke Simmons. Offer made and accepted.|
|Brigham Young University (ad)||Due November 1, 2016, applications considered until filled; Research Computing Professional Faculty position|
|California Baptist University (ad)||Review of applications begins on December 1; applications considered until filled.|
|California State University East Bay (ad)||Some in-person interviews scheduled for early 2017, including Rachel Friesen|
|California State University Long Beach (ad)||
Now accepting applications in Theoretical Astrophysics/Cosmology; open until filled. Shortlist made.
|California State University Sacramento (ad)||Some applicants invited to submit references. Some rejections sent.|
|Cardiff University (ad)||Gravitational waves (two positions). Some rejections sent for Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Gravitational Wave Astronomy position.|
|Carleton College (ad)||Skype interviews scheduled, including Chat Hull. Some in-person interviews scheduled for early 2017, and some rejections sent. Ryan Terrien.|
|Carnegie Observatories (ad)||Due January 27, 2017. Staff position in instrumentation. Note new deadline. Shortlist made. Offer accepted by Nick Konidaris.|
|CEICO, Prague (one position in Photosensors and Cosmology)||Due to June 30, 2017. More info at http://ceico.cz/jobs/senior-lsst-2017|
|Clemson University (ad)||Due October 1st, 2016, applications considered until filled, phone interviews conducted. Shortlist includes: Jake Simon, Gijs Mulders, Andrea Banzatti, Robin Dong. Offer accepted by Máté Ádámkovics.|
|Chalmers, Full Professor (ad)||Due October 3rd, 2016. Some rejections were sent in the middle of January. Jonathan Tan|
Due September 01, 2016. Some rejections sent. Shortlist made, interviewees notified, interviews being scheduled.
|CNAP (France, ad)||Seven junior permanent positions. Shortlist made. Interviews from April 3 to April 6 2017. Matthieu Béthermin, Bess Fang-Sortais, Elsa Huby, Georges Kordopatis, Quentin Kral, Ana Lopez-Sepulcre, Luigi Tibaldo|
|CNRS (France, ad)||Five junior permanent positions (4 CR2 + 1 CR1). Shortlists made. Interviews from March 27 to March 29 2017. CR1: Mamadou N'Diaye. CR2: Sandrine Codis, Olivia Venot, Maïca Clavel, Aurélien Hees|
|College of Charleston (ad)||Due December 1, 2016. Shortlist made. Offer made and accepted by Ashley Pagnotta.|
|Columbia University (ad)||Due December 1, 2016. Shortlist made. From colloquium schedule, includes Burkhart, Guillochon, Kara, Krause, Ness. Offer made.|
|Colorado College (ad)||Due November 16, 2016. Some candidates invited for on-campus interviews. Some rejections sent. Offer made and accepted by Natalie Gosnell.|
|Cornell University (ad)||Due November 30, 2016. Longlist includes Ramses Ramirez and Alvise Raccanelli. Shortlist made, including Blakesley Burkhart, Katey Alatalo, Nick Battaglia, Blake Sherwin, Gongjie Li, Francois Foucart, Brendan Bowler, Seth Jacobson, Abby Crites. Rejections sent (18 Jan). Additional rejections sent (1/25). Offer made and accepted by Nick Battaglia.|
|Durham University (Instrumentation, ad)||Due February 20th, 2017|
|Emory University non-tenure Astronomy lecturer||Some candidates invited to visit.|
|ETH Zurich (observational galactic astrophysics, ad)||Due October 31st, 2016. Rejections were sent.|
|Florida Institute of Technology (ad)||
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled
|Geneva Observatory||Shortlist of four candidates: Camille Bonvin, Andrii Neronov, Stephane Paltani, Kevin Schawinski|
|George Mason University (ad)||Due January 31, 2017. Short list made, including Ramses Ramirez, Avi Shporer. Offer made and accepted.|
|Georgia Southern University||Finalists invited for in person interviews. Includes Evan Tilton (declined).|
|Ghent University Assistant Professor in observational intermediate or high-redshift astronomy https://jobregister.aas.org/job_view?JobID=59407||Due April 1, 2017. Any news?|
Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology (ad)
|Senior and Junior Faculty|
|Georgia Tech||Gongjie Li|
|James Madison University (Department Head; ad)||Review of completed applications begins 1/22/17.|
|Johns Hopkins University (ad)||Offers made. See here for shortlist and offers.|
|Franklin and Marshall College (ad)||Due November 1, 2016. 147 applications received. ~10 skype interviews being scheduled, including Daniel Tamayo. Some candidates invited for on-campus interviews. Offer made and accepted by Ryan Trainor.|
|KASI (Tenured faculty, Theory, ad)||Due February 28, 2017, Any news of the Preliminary Selection: Short list made.|
|KASI (Tenured faculty, Cosmology, ad)||
Due September 30, 2016. Shortlist includes Alvise Raccanelli, David Parkinson, Daniel Meerburg and ... Offered to Alvise Raccanelli (declined). Offered to David Parkinson (accepted 12/01)
|Kavli IPMU (Cosmology/Astrophysics, ad)||Due December 15, 2016|
|Lawrence Technological University (ad)||Due December 1, 2016. Skype interviews week of 2/13 and 2/20|
|Lehigh||Due December 1st, 2016. Some rejections sent.|
|Los Alamos National Laboratory (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/7723)||Due November 1st, 2016. Shortlist includes: Daniele Alves, Ema Dimastrogiovanni, Matteo Fasiello, Pedro Machado. Offer made to Daniele Alves.|
|Manhattan College (ad)||Due Feb. 15, 2017. Chao-Ling Hung|
|McGill University (Cosmology, ad)||Due December 15, 2016. Adrian Liu|
|McGill University (Exoplanets, ad)||Shortlist made. Colloquium schedule includes Bai, Bowler, Cleeves, Robinson. Offer made, declined.|
|Middle Tennessee State University (ad)||Shortlist made.|
|Middlebury College (ad)||Review of applications begins November 1, 2016. Applications considered until position is filled. Any news? Apparently the shortlist didn't have any astronomers on it.|
|MIT (astrophysics/exoplanets, ad)||
Some candidates invited for interviews, including Gongjie Li, Ben Montet, and 3 others. Offer made to Courtney Dressing, declined. Offer made to Ian Crossfield.
|MIT (planetary science, ad)||Due December 1, Some rejections sent early March. Some shortlist candidates notified and invited for on-campus visits. Offers made to Katherine de Kleer, Francois Tissot (declined), and Julien de Wit.|
|Monash University, Melbourne (Prof/AProf Gravitational Wave Astrophysics, ad)||Due November 12, 2017.|
|Montana State University (ad)||
Due October 14, 2016. Shortlist made. Skype interviews scheduled, including Anne Lohfink, Joey Neilsen. Some candidates invited for on-campus interviews. Offers made to Anne Lohfink and Amy Reines.
|National Tsing Hua University (ad)||Due December 1, 2016. Offer made and accepted by Kuo-Chuan Pan.|
|Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ad)||Due November 1, 2016. Some rejections were sent in the middle of January. Interviews at ASTRON in January and early February. Initial offers made end of February.|
Northern Arizona University (ad)
Applications will be considered starting October 24, 2016. Shortlist from colloquium schedule: Tyler Robinson, Mark Leoffler, Mark Salvatore, Cristina Thomas. Four offers made! All offers accepted.
|Six junior candidates were interviewed: Ben Montet, Ondrej Pejcha, Wen-fai Fong, Francois Foucart, Jennifer van Saders, and Alexander Tchekhovskoy. Two offers made, to Wen-fai Fong and Alexander Tchekhovskoy.|
|Oberlin College (ad)||Due December 15, 2016. Liberal arts college. Skype and AAS interviews being scheduled, including Daniel Tamayo, Rachel Friesen. On-campus interviews being scheduled for February. Offer accepted.|
|Pomona College (ad)||Jorge Moreno|
|Purdue University (ad)||Due December 9, 2016. Skype interviews scheduled including Peter Williams. Offer made, Dan Milisavljevic.|
|Purdue University (ad)||Planetary materials. Due December 1, 2016. Shortlist includes Carolyn Crow, Kelly Miller, Nicole Lunning, and Michelle Thompson. Offer accepted.|
|Queen Mary University of London||Rejections sent. "Super strong" short list notified for interview. Offers made to Phil Bull and Alkistis Pourtsidou.|
|Queen's University Astrophysics/Particle Astrophysics bridge (ad)||Due March 1, 2017. Short list includes Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine, Aaron Vincent. On-campus interviews being scheduled. Offer made & accepted Aaron Vincent|
Saint Mary's University (ad)
|Due February 1, 2016. On-campus interviews being scheduled. Anyone notified? Interviews scheduled.|
Some candidates being scheduled for Skype interviews. A few on-campus visit invitations sent. Offers made and accepted.
|Stony Brook University (ad)||Theoretical Astrophysics/Numerical. Due November 30, 2016. Some on shortlist notified.|
|Stony Brook University (ad)||Astrophysics/Large Data. Due November 30, 2016. Shortlist includes Elisabeth Krause, Tim Eifler, Will Farr|
|Texas A&M University||Jonelle Walsh|
|Troy University (ad)||Preliminary Skype/phone interviews scheduled.|
|Tsinghua University (ad)||Xuening Bai|
|Universidad Catolica de Chile (ad)||
Due Jan 8th. http://jobregister.aas.org/node/56908, The IA is seeking to increase the representation of women and therefore will only consider applications from suitably qualified female candidates for this position.
Interviews being schedulled.
|Universidad de Concepcion (ad)||Faculty Positions, due November 1st, 2017|
|Universidad de La Serena (ad)||Offers made and accepted.|
|University of Alabama (ad)||Experimental particle astrophysics, Due November 15, 2016. Short list candidates invited for on-campus interviews.|
|Universiy of Arizona, Astronomy/Steward Obs.(ad)||
Up to three positions, open to all fields and ranks, Due January 11, 2017.
Some have been contacted for on-campus visits, including Ondrej Pejcha, Jennifer van Saders, Blakesley Burkhart, Wen-fai Fong. Rejections sent. Offer made and accepted by Peter Behroozi, Tim Eifler, Elisabeth Krause, David Sand.
Up to two more offers left to be made.
|University of Arizona, Theoretical Astrophysics Program (ad)||
Tenure-track theorist position. Candidates in both Arizona openings should apply to two positions separately. Due January 2, 2017. Some reference letters requested. Some rejections sent.
Offer made and accepted.
|University of Arizona LPL (ad)||Offer made to Ofer Cohen (declined).|
|University of California, Irvine (ad)||Due December 1, 2016. Shortlist of candidates invited for on-campus interviews, including Sarah Ballard, Diana Dragomir. Paul Robertson.|
|University of California, Riverside (ad)||Data Science in Astronomy, shortlist made, including Diana Dragomir.|
|University of California, Riverside (ad)||Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology, shortlist made, including Marcel Schmittfull. Offer made and accepted by Anson D'Aloisio|
|University of California, Riverside (ad)||Exoplanet/Habiltability: Review of applications will begin on February 23, 2017, but we will continue to consider applications until the position is filled. Offer made and accepted by Stephen Kane.|
University of California, San Diego (ad)
|Theoretical/Computational, all fields of physics. Due November 14, 2016. Shortlist made, interviews scheduled.|
|University of California, San Diego (ad)||Experiment/Observation, all fields of physics. Due November 14, 2016. Overheard: this search has been canceled.|
|University of California, Santa Barbara (ad)||Tenure track position in Theoretical Astrophysics, High Energy and Gravitational Theory. Due December 31. Shortlist made, including Federico Marinacci, Blakesley Burkhart|
|University of California, Santa Cruz (ad)||Due December 1. Shortlist made (mid-March)|
|University of Cambridge (ad)||Faculty position in astrostatistics, Deadline 7 Dec, 2016. Interviews held. Offer made to Kaisey Mandel.|
|University of Cambridge (ad)||Faculty position in exoplanetary science. Deadline Jan 7, 2017. Some rejection letters sent.|
|University of Cambridge (ad)||Faculty position in theoretical cosmology. Deadline 30 January, 2017. Some candidates invited for interview. Offer accepted by Blake Sherwin|
|University of Colorado Boulder (ad)||Planetary science. Review of applications begins on December 1. Some rejections sent. Shortlist includes Seth Jacobson and Laura Schaefer. Offer made to Paul Hayne.|
|University of Florida Physics (ad)||Due February 15, 2017. Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position in experimental astrophysics.|
|University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy (ad)||
Due November 21, 2016. Two tenure-track faculty positions available. Phone interviews conducted. The people invited for in-person visits are Ondrej Pejcha, Benjamin Shappee, Jennifer van Saders, Wen-Fai Fong, Gongjie Li, Ji Wang, and Ruobing Dong. Offers accepted by Jennifer van Saders and Benjamin Shappee.
|University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy (ad)||Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Level in Solar Physics. Due December 21, 2016.|
|Univ. of Maryland||Due Dec. 1. Some rejections sent. All candidates on the short list have been invited for on-campus interviews including Federico Marinacci, Nicholas Stone, Blakesley Burkhart, Ondrej Pejcha, Paul Torrey, Karen Yang, Brendan Bowler, Xuening Bai. Offer made and accepted.|
University of Miami, FL (ad)
Due November 4, 2016, Offer accepted by Nico Cappelluti.
|University of Minnesota (ad)||Due November 30, 2016, Shortlist includes Sanchayeeta Borthakur, Brendan Bowler, Thayne Currie, Patrick Kelly, Andrew Mann. Offer made and accepted.|
|University of Missouri (Columbia) (ad)||Stated deadline November 30, however it says
"Applications will be accepted until the position is filled" - called and verified
Shortlist includes Danny Jacobs, Vivian U; some contacted for interview.
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (ad)||Experimental/observational astrophysics, review begins Dec 19. Medium list made and some phone interviews scheduled, including Thayne Currie, Joey Neilsen, Peter Williams. Hiring for this position is canceled.
Shortlist for on-campus interviews made.
|University of North Georgia (ad)||Physics & Astronomy. Open until filled. Review begins Feb 24. Long list made.|
|University of Notre Dame (ad)||
Astrophysics with emphasis on instrumentation.
Some candidates invited for interviews in the Spring; colloquium includes Jeff Chilcote, Jonelle Walsh, Katie Morzinski, Dan Wilkins, Jonathan Crass. Offers to Jeff Chilcote and Jonathan Crass.
University of Oregon (ad)
Observational or experimental astrophysics with an emphasis on gravitational waves, Due November 7, 2016. Some applicants invited for interviews, including Ben Farr
|University of the Pacific (ad)||Applications will be reviewed starting December 1 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Shortlist made and Skype interviews scheduled. Some rejections sent.|
|University of Potsdam (W2 stellar astrophysics)||Shortlist made|
|University of Richmond (ad)||Interviews being scheduled, including Daniel Tamayo.|
|University of Surrey (ad)||Due October 31, 2016. Some rejections sent. Offer made.|
|University of Toledo (ad)||
Observational or Theoretical, Due December 12, 2016. Some candidates contacted for phone interviews (1/23). Any rejection? Some candidates contacted for campus visits (2/10). Offer made to Amy Reines (declined).
University of Toronto and Dunlap Institute (ad)
|Due November 15, 2016. Some rejections sent. Offered to Erika Hamden.|
|University of Victoria (ad)||Due November 1, 2016. Some rejections sent (2016/12/15). Shortlist includes Brendan Bowler.|
|University of Virginia (astronomy, ad)||Due December 15, 2016. Shortlist made, from colloquium schedule: Xuening Bai, Ilsedore Cleeves, Wen-Fai Fong, Sabrina Stierwalt, Jonathan Tan. Offer accepted by Ilsedore Cleeves|
|University of Virginia (physics, ad)||Due November 1, 2016. Shortlist from colloquium schedule:
Francois Foucart, Michele Vallisneri, Kent Yagi. Offer accepted by Kent Yagi
|University of Iowa (ad and ad)||Due December 15, 2016. Two separate positions, one in space-based astronomy and one in experimental space physics. Shortlist made.|
|University of Texas at Austin (ad)||
Due December 1, 2016. Shortlist made. >160 applicants. Some rejections sent. Three offers made and accepted: Keith Hawkins, Stella Offner, and Brendan Bowler.
|University of Vienna, Chair of Theoretical extragalactic astrophysics||Offer made to Claudia Maraston|
|University of Oxford, Department of Physics||Short list includes James Owen, Juan Lora, Yamila Miguel, Vivien Parmentier, Colin Goldblatt. Offer made to Vivien Parmentier|
WISE, Netherlands (ad)
|Due September 28, 2016|
|University of Texas at Dallas (ad)||
Applications will be reviewed starting December 15 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Shortlist made. Offer made and accepted.
|Warwick university exoplanets (3 positions)||Some candidates invited for interviews, including Sarah Rugheimer. Offers accepted by Daniel Bayliss & Matteo Brogi|
|Valparaiso University (ad)||Review begins Dec. 9, applications will be considered until the position is filled. Some candidates contacted for Skype interviews (1/18). Some on-campus visits scheduled (2/7). Offer made and accepted.|
|Villanova University, Department of Physics||Candidates contacted for Skype interviews. Some candidates contacted for on-campus interviews.|
|Williams College, joint between Department of Astronomy and Department of Physics (ad)||Due October 30, 2017.|
Science Staff and Management Positions
|Place/Institution (alphabetical)||People (in boldface if accepted)|
|AAVSO Astronomer (ad)||Due November 15, 2016. Shortlisted candidates contacted for Skype interviews in January.|
|ALMA Science Archive Content Manager||Interviews ongoing. Offer made and accepted.|
|Caltech Research Professor (ad)||
Due January 16, 2017
|CfA / SAO Astrophysicist (ad)||Offer made and accepted.|
|ESA JWST/NIRSpec Intrument and Calibration Scientist (ad)||Due January 11, 2017. Offer made and accepted.|
|ESO Director General (ad)||Xavier Barcons appointed|
|ESO Outreach Astronomer||Due November 20, 2016; interviews on-going. Offer made and accepted.|
|Gemini Observatory Deputy Director (ad)||Due November 30, 2016; Henry Roe|
|Gemini Observatory: Instrumentation, Adaptive Optics and Development Department Heads (ad)||Paul Hirst and Jeff Radwick appointed|
Gemini Tenure-Track Astronomer (ad)
Due December 5, 2016. Shortlist made. Offer made and accepted. News on 2nd offer?
|HIRAX Project Director (ad)||Due February 15, 2017|
|JPL, Scientist Level II, Exoplanet and Comparative Planetary Systems Science (ad)||Requests for letters of recommendation sent, including Ramses Ramirez, Avi Shporer, and Vanessa Bailey. Offer made.|
|JPL, Scientist Level II, WFIRST Coronagraph Scientist/Instrumentalist (ad)||Vanessa Bailey appointed.|
|Las Campanas Observatory Director (ad)||Due September 30, 2016. Polo Infante appointed.|
|MIT-TESS Pipeline Scientist (ad)||Shortlist includes Avi Shporer|
|NASA Ames Kepler/K2 Support Scientists (ad)||Offers made. Rejections sent on April 28.|
|NASA Exoplanet Archive Scientist (ad)||Open until filled.|
|NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, civil servant positions in Planetary Division||Giada Arney, Eric Lopez|
|NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, civil servant positions in Astrophysics Division||James Rhoads, Sangeeta Malhotra, Elisa Quintana, Knicole Colon, Joshua Schlieder, Neil Zimmerman|
|NSF, Astronomy Program Officer||
To apply for a temporary Program Director position under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, please email a current Résumé or short Curriculum Vitae along with a cover letter highlighting relevant skills and experiences to Ralph Gaume at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|NRAO, Socorro, Assistant Scientist (ad)||Phone interviews requested (6/17). Face-to-face visits requested (7/11). Offer made and rejected. Position re-advertised with application due date of 12/31. Phone interviews requested (2/24).|
|NRAO, Charlottesville, multiple Scientist positions (ad)||Offers made, including Chat Hull (declined), Amanda Kepley|
|NRAO, Staff Scientist, Algorithms position (ad)||
Due September 30, 2016.
Shortlist for interview: Nithyanandan Thyagarajan
Offer made and accepted.
Incredible opportunity to work with the SDSS Data Team at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Application due Oct 30, 2017
|Sunspot Solar Observatory - 3 jobs (Telescope Observer, Telescope Software Engineer, Telescope Control Systems Engineer)||
Due December 1, 2016
|STScI Support Scientist - Fall 2016 round||Shortlist includes Annalisa Calamida, Matteo Correnti, Jonathan Fraine, Julien Girard. Offers made.|
|STScI support Scientist - February 10 2017 deadline||Due February 10, 2017 - Due date for letters postponed to March 1. Any news? some rejections sent|
|STScI Outreach/Education scientist||(At least) some in-person interviews scheduled. Offer made and accepted.|
|STScI career-track: Astronomer||Shortlist made, some candidates invited for interviews; rejections sent. Offers made to Katherine Alatalo and Erik Tollerud.|
|STScI career-track: Scientist||Shortlist made, some candidates invited for interviews; rejections sent. Offers/acceptance? A secret? (Search was simultaneous with Astronomer positions, so might be the same status as that?)|
|USRA Instrument Scientist (SOFIA) (ad)||some phone interviews conducted, on-site visits are being scheduled Offer made and rejected.|
|W. M. Keck Observatory Instrument Program Manager (ad)||Interviews started in Nov/Dec 2016.|
|W. M. Keck Observatory Support Astronomer (ad)||On site interviews scheduled. When? They keep re-posting the position.|
|Person (alphabetical)||Old Institution||New Institution|
|Chris Reynolds||University of Maryland||University of Cambridge (Plumian chair)|
|Jorge Moreno||Cal Poly Pomona||Pomona College|
|Max Planck Institute for Astronomy||
University of California, Santa Barbara
|Harald Pfeiffer||CITA/University of Toronto||Albert Einstein Institute, Potsdam|
|University of Toronto||Johns Hopkins University|
|Stella Offner||University of Massachusetts, Amherst||University of Texas, Austin|
|Jonathan Tan||University of Florida||Chalmers University of Technology|
|Bernhard Müller||Queen's University, Belfast||Monash University, Melbourne|
|Stephen Kane||San Francisco State University||University of California, Riverside|
|Eliza Kempton||Grinnell College||
University of Maryland
|Scott Dodelson||Fermilab/Chicago||Carnegie-Mellon University|
|Romeel Davé||University of the Western Cape||University of Edinburgh (Chair of Physics)|
|David Sand||Texas Tech University||
University of Arizona
|Michael Liu||University of Hawaii||University of Hawaii|