Assistant Professor-Tenure System

East Lansing MI
Oct 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for a tenure system faculty position in astrophysical datascience. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to doforefront research with large astrophysical datasets using sophisticatedstatistical or computational techniques. Depending on the research interests ofthe candidate, a partial appointment with the new department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering may be suitable. The candidate would alsobe a central member of MSU's recently established Center for Data Intensive andTime Domain Astronomy.

MSU has strong astrophysics research programs in compact objects, nuclear astrophysics, galaxy clusters, large-scale simulations of galaxy formation and supernovae, and particle astrophysics. MSU astronomers enjoy guaranteed access to the 4.1-m SOAR Telescope, which is co-located on Cerro Pachon with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.  MSU is also the lead institution of the NSF Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics Center for the Evolution of the Elements.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or related field

Required Application Materials

Applications should be submitted through the MSU hiring website (,posting #467874.  Applicants should include (1) a cover letter; (2) a CV,including a list of publications; (3) a statement of research interests; (4) a one-page teaching statement. Please include all information in a single PDF file. At this website, applicants should also submit contact information for three references, who will be automatically contacted once your application is submitted.

Questions may be directed to Prof. Steve Zepf ( or to any other member of the astronomy group. Applicants are encouraged to peruse the MSU astronomy group website (

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications from women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities, and we endeavor to facilitate employment assistance to spouses or partners of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.


Special Instructions

The selection process will begin on December 1, 2017, and review of applications will continue until the position is filled.