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

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Eberly College of Science, College of Engineering and College of Information Sciences and Technology


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 (LSST; https://www.lsst.org/). We seek outstanding data scientists with experience 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. This cluster hire initiative at Penn State is a partnership of the Institute of CyberScience (ICS; https://ics.psu.edu/) with the College of Engineering (CoE; https://www.engr.psu.edu/), College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST; https://www.ist.psu.edu/), and the Eberly College of Science (ECoS; http://science.psu.edu). New faculty will be offered an appointment and tenure home in one of many excellent Departments in CoE, IST or ECoS and will be encouraged to pursue multidisciplinary research in collaboration with faculty across these departments and ICS. 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 (https://www.eecs.psu.edu/) and/or Data Sciences, a new intercollege undergraduate major (https://datasciences.psu.edu/). The Institute for CyberScience, one of Penn State’s five university-wide research institutes, connects researchers from numerous disciplines to answer critical scientific questions and societal issues through cyber-enabled research and methodology. ICS has nearly 300 affiliated faculty, with over 20 tenure-track co-hired faculty, engaged in interdisciplinary computation and data enabled research. Our affiliated faculty utilize our ICS operated Advanced Cyber Infrastructure (ICS-ACI), Penn State’s high-performance research cloud, which is in the top 15 among our peers. 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 (http://astrostatistics.psu.edu/), Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics (http://discovery-informatics.ist.psu.edu/), Center for Machine Learning and Applications (https://cmla.cse.psu.edu/), and Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos (http://gravity.psu.edu/). Penn State offers access to an outstanding collaborative environment, world-class instrumentation and research facilities, as well as highly competitive salaries and startup packages. Penn State is a member institution of the LSST, a partner in the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) and the HET Dark Energy Experiment (http://www.hetdex.org), 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 (https://www.amon.psu.edu/). University Park is Penn State’s largest campus with an enrollment of approximately 46,000 students and offers more than 100 programs of graduate study. The surrounding community of State College is a quintessential university town well known for its exceptional quality of life, including a low cost of living, a growing economy, a diverse offering of cultural and recreational opportunities, and excellent resources for families, including two on-campus child care centers and well regarded local school systems. To apply, please upload only basic personal information, but not other information listed below. In addition, interested applicants must submit the following material to Academic Jobs Online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11590) for the application to be complete: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae including publications list; and (3) 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 October 1, 2018 and continue until all positions are filled. Complete applications received by December 31, 2018 are guaranteed to receive full consideration. We welcome informal inquiries regarding these positions to LSST-Data-Science-Questions@lists.psu.edu.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088