Assistant Research Professor

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science
Astronomy and Astrophysics


The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of The Pennsylvania State University has an immediate opening for up to two Assistant Research Professors to work with Prof. Suvrath Mahadevan and the NEID and Habitable Zone Planet Finder Teams. A PhD in Astronomy, Physics, or a closely related field is required. The positions are to work on data from the Habitable Zone Planet Finder on the Hobby-Eberly telescope and the future NEID instrument on the WIYN telescope to maximize the radial velocity precision achievable with these state-of-the-art spectrometers in the near-infrared and the visible. The publication of research results will be expected. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Previous experience with high-resolution near-infrared and optical spectroscopy, and experience with development and implementation of complex spectroscopic analysis and reduction algorithms is highly desired as is fluency in the Python programming language. Experience in development and commissioning of astronomical spectrometers will be valued, as will a demonstrated interest in exoplanets and stellar astrophysics. Travel to remote telescope locations for commissioning and observations is required as part of this position. Applications must be submitted electronically and include a CV, publications list, statement of research interests, and three reference letters. Reference letters should be sent directly to Prof. Suvrath Mahadevan at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of renewal.

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