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Assistant Professor of Astronomy

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Please submit the following materials through the ARIES portal (, no later than December 1, 2013. 1. Cover letter 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Statement of Teaching and Mentoring 4. Research Statement (and/or outline of future research plans) 5. Three reference letters (the application is complete only when all 3 letters have been submitted independently) 6. Publication List (if not included with CV) Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. We especially welcome applications from, and nominations of, women and minority candidates.



Title Assistant Professor of Astronomy
School Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area Astronomy
Position Description

The Astronomy Department at Harvard University expects to fill a position at the level of tenure-track Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2014. The position is open to all areas of observational, experimental, theoretical, and computational astrophysics. The Astronomy Department is part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), which provides a diverse setting and excellent research facilities, including ground based telescopes such as the Magellan telescopes, the MMT, the Whipple Observatory, submillimeter array (SMA), the South Pole Telescope (SPT), the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS), the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher/North (HARPS-N) spectrograph, and membership in the Giant Magellan Telescope consortium. The CfA also has several research centers, including the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC), the Institute for Theoretical, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (ITAMP), and the Chandra Science Center (CSC). These facilities are described at the CfA website,

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate required by expected start date.

Additional Qualifications

A demonstrated record of outstanding research and the ability to carry out an independent research program and a strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education.

Special Instructions
Contact Information

Professor Avi Loeb (, Chair of the Department of Astronomy, or Professor Daniel Eisenstein (, Chair of the search committee. Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Contact Email Avi Loeb, or Daniel Eisenstein,
Equal Opportunity Employer
Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Research
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents
  1. URL
  2. Publication