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Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy

Tenure Track Professorial Positions in Astronomy and Astrophysics

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The Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology invites applications for a tenure-track professorial position in astronomy and astrophysics.

Fields of interest include, but are not limited to: high-energy astrophysics, compact objects, galactic dynamics and evolution, accretion, stellar astronomy, exoplanets, the formation and evolution of stars and planetary systems, galaxies, and the large-scale structure of the universe. We are considering an appointment in both theoretical and observational/data/instrumental astrophysics.

An exceptional array of facilities is headquartered at Caltech. Currently in operation are: the Keck and Palomar Observatories, OVRO, NuSTAR, Spitzer Science Center, IPAC, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, LIGO Laboratory, and the Caltech Center for Data-Driven Discovery. Ongoing development projects include ZTF and the Thirty Meter Telescope.

We are seeking highly qualified candidates committed to a career in research and teaching. Applications should include curriculum vitae, a list of papers published and submitted (with refereed papers indicated), a brief essay describing the applicant's research interests and the program of research he/she proposes to carry out at Caltech, and a brief teaching statement. Applicants are also requested to have at least three letters of reference uploaded.

The names and email addresses of the referees should be included in the application. Application materials must be submitted electronically in pdf format (not password protected).

Consideration of applications will begin on Oct 1, 2015, and applicants are encouraged but not required to meet that deadline.

If there are any questions during the search process, please contact us at


Instructions for Applicants

  1. Create an account.
  2. Fill out the application form.
  3. After you submit your application form send the link that is provided to your three references and have them upload their letters of recommendation.
  4. Upload the following documents (as individual files or in one combined pdf):
    • curriculum vitae;
    • a list of papers published and submitted (with refereed papers indicated);
    • a brief essay describing your research interests and the program of research you propose to carry out at Caltech;
    • and a brief teaching statement.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.