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Tenure-Track/Tenured Faculty Positions in Data Science for Large Astronomical Surveys

Penn State is adding new open-rank faculty positions to build on existing excellence in astrophysics, data sciences, computational and statistical sciences, through a cluster hire with a theme of Data Sciences for application to large astronomical surveys, such as the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. We seek outstanding data scientists with experience developing and/or applying advanced statistical and computational methods to making research breakthroughs with large astronomical surveys, a compelling vision for extending their research program into the LSST-era, and a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary research and education.

Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., astronomy, astrophysics, big data systems, computer science, data sciences, high-performance computing, informatics, machine learning, physics, or statistics) prior to starting. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds, candidates interested in developing interdisciplinary research programs to increase the scientific impact of LSST, and candidates interested in teaching in Computer Science and/or Data Sciences, a new intercollege undergraduate major.

Successful candidates will become part of the Institute for CyberScience.They will be expected to contribute to a collaborative, interdisciplinary, scholarly community focused on the development and application of innovative computational and statistical methods. Candidates are encouraged to identify collaboration opportunities within ICS and/or Penn State’s others centers of excellence, such as the Center for Astrostatistics, Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics, Center for Machine Learning and Applications, and Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos. Penn State is a member institution of the LSST, a partner in the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) and the HET Dark Energy Experiment, a Participating Institution in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a major partner in the Chandra and Swift X-ray observatories, and home to Astrophysical Multimessenger Observatory Network.

To apply, please visit https://psu.jobs/job/90755 to submit an application with only basic personal information, but not other information listed below. In addition, interested applicants must submit the following material to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14586 for the application to be complete: cover letter; curriculum vitae including publications list; and a description of future research plans and teaching interests. Applicants should also arrange for three references to be submitted via AcademicJobsOnline. In order to accommodate the multidisciplinary nature of this search review of applications will begin November 1, 2019 and continue until all positions are filled. Complete applications received by November 1, 2019 are guaranteed to receive full consideration.

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