Education and Outreach

Assistant or Associate Astronomer in Instrumentation (Tenure-Track) – University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy

By Keith Cowing
November 16, 2012

Closing date: November 21, 2012

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaii invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate-level faculty position in instrumentation relating to the telescopes on Mauna Kea and Haleakala. This faculty position will be located at the IfA’s facility in Hilo on the island of Hawaii (the Big Island). The anticipated start date is Fall 2013.

We especially encourage applicants that complement or build upon existing IfA-Hilo efforts in adaptive optics and infrared array detectors, but all relevant fields of astronomical instrumentation will be considered. Applicants should have an outstanding research record, an ability to lead and support a research program involving students and postdocs, and an ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Duties will consist primarily of undertaking a program of astronomical research with a strong focus on instrumentation development, teaching at least one graduate or undergraduate course per year, and participating in the academic and scientific life of the IfA. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or closely related areas and successful instrumentation experience as demonstrated by accomplishments, publications and letters of recommendation. At least two years of post-doctoral research are desirable but not essential. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The IfA has strong research groups in nearly all areas of astrophysics and has guaranteed access to the entire suite of observational facilities on the summits of Mauna Kea and Haleakala. The IfA-Hilo facility is well-equipped for instrumentation programs, including active development related to the UH 2.2-meter Telescope, the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, and Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and future plans related to large (>8-meter) ground-based telescopes on Mauna Kea. More information about the IfA is available at [1].

TO APPLY: Please upload a curriculum vitae and a statement of research interests and plans using the online form at the web address [2]. Please also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded at [3] All application materials must be received by November 21, 2012.

INQUIRIES: Dr. Michael Liu ([email protected] [4]), chair of the search committee. Note that letters of recommendation should be uploaded to the aforementioned web address, not emailed to the committee chair

Closing date: November 21, 2012

The University of Hawaii is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution. The Institute for Astronomy actively supports gender equity and nondiscrimination in the workplace.

Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

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