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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 tenure-track professorial positions in astronomy and astrophysics.  We are primarily interested in candidates at the assistant professor level, but will consider applications for senior positions as well.

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

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

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 your research interests and the program of research you propose to carry out at Caltech.  Applicants are also requested to have at least three letters of reference uploaded.

Consideration of applications will begin on Sept 15, 2013, 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

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  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.

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