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Astrostatistics and astroinformatics are young fields but targeted jobs are emerging rapidly. We list here relevant positions from the American Astronomical Society Job Register, and invite ASAIP members and employers to inform the Editors of other openings. Note that the job descriptions here are not complete; see the Web links for official information.

2018-19 job advertisements

Positions from the 2017-18 and previous years back to 2012-13 are available here.  Positions in statistics (most unrelated to astronomy) can be found here

Faculty positions

(last update:  Oct 28 2018)

Assistant professor position in statistical astronomy (Princeton University USA) The Department of Astrophysical Sciences in partnership with the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning (CSML) at Princeton University seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor working in areas of statistical astronomy. We are particularly interested in applicants who are working both at the intersection of statistics and machine learning, and whose research is advancing the frontier in data analysis and modeling in astrophysics.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach and pursue research in both programs.

Tenure-track faculty position in astrophysics (University of Connecticut USA) The Department of Physics at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a tenure-track position in Astrophysics with a preference for expertise in data science, numerical simulations, computational methods, and/or large datasets/surveys. The first three years of the position are under a joint (50-50) appointment with the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute in New York City 

Assistant professor of astrophysics (Vanderbilt University USA) The Department of Physics & Astronomy at Vanderbilt University seeks an outstanding individual for a tenure-track faculty position in gravitational wave astrophysics. Under the leadership of Astronomy faculty, Vanderbilt launched a new Data Science Institute, which will feature training, infrastructure, and support for data-intensive work. 

Assistant professor in computational astrophysics (University of Georgia USA) The Department of Physics and Astronomy is expanding into a number of the National Science Foundation’s 10 Big Ideas for research areas, including Multi-Messenger Astronomy (MMA). We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in neutron star merger/kilonova modeling, hydrodynamical simulations, and related MMAareas. However, outstanding candidates in all fields of computational astrophysics will be considered. 

Assistant professor position in statistical astronomy (Princeton University USA) The Department of Astrophysical Sciences in partnership with the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning (CSML) at Princeton University seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor working in areas of statistical astronomy. We are particularly interested in applicants who are working both at the intersection of statistics and machine learning, and whose research is advancing the frontier in data analysis and modeling in astrophysics.

Tenure-track assistant professor in Big Data astrophysics (Saint Mary's University CA) The Department of Astronomy and Physics at Saint Mary's University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics.  The Department is particularly interested in applicants whose research incorporates innovative use of large datasets or applications of astrophysical data analytics, but candidates in other areas of astrophysics will also be considered. Saint Mary’s University identifies astronomy, computational sciences, and subatomic physics collectively as one of its five major research themes.

Faculty position in astrophysics or experimental high energy physics with machine learning (University of Pittsburgh USA) The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a new faculty member in astrophysics or high energy physics, with a focus on individuals who apply machine learning and related computational methods as tools in their research. This position is part of an interdisciplinary initiative within the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences to create a community of data science experts who will share new techniques with each other and disseminate them throughout their home departments. We are seeking candidates who will complement and extend the Department’s research strengths in astrophysical surveys, theoretical cosmology, extragalactic astronomy, and collider and neutrino experiments. 

Associate research scientist (Flatiron Institute USA) In 2016, the Simons Foundation launched the Flatiron Institute (FI), a multidisciplinary institute whose mission is to advance scientific research through computational methods, including data analysis, modeling and simulation. The Center for Computational Astronomy (CCA) is looking for highly motivated individuals with a strong background in one of the following fields: astrophysics, applied mathematics, statistics, computer science or cosmology. Associate Research Scientists will develop algorithms and codes for computational astrophysics and/or for the analysis of large astronomy data sets.  

Sabbatical visiting researcher program (Flatiron Institute USA) The Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Simons Foundation's Flatiron Institute is accepting requests from faculty members on sabbatical who are interested in visiting the CCA during the academic year 2019-2020. Located in New York City, the CCA's mission is to analyze big astronomical datasets and to understand complex, multi-scale physics in an astrophysical and cosmological context. 

Faculty Positions in Data Science for Large Astronomical Surveys (Penn State, USA) 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;  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.  

Assistant professor of astronomy (University of Illinois, USA) The Astronomy Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position beginning as soon as  August 16, 2019.  We are searching for candidates with strong interests in data and/or survey science. Survey science, data-intensive astronomy, and computational astrophysics are particular departmental and campus strengths. The Astronomy Department has strong ties to the National Center for Supercomputing Application (NCSA).

Assistant professor in observational cosmology (Duke University USA) The Department of Physics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in the area of observational cosmology. Current strengths in the department include weak gravitational lensing and supernova cosmology. Duke University particularly values interdisciplinary collaboration across the university, and opportunities exist to collaborate with colleagues from such departments as statistics and mathematics, along with the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI), and the Big Data Information Initiative at Duke.

Assistant professor - astrophysics (Clemson University, USA)  The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Clemson University (a Carnegie RI Research University) invites applications for a faculty position in astrophysics at the tenure-track Assistant Professor or higher level. Currently, our department has strong research efforts in the areas of high-energy astrophysics, time-domain and multi-messenger astronomy, nucleosynthesis, and star & planet formation. Our search will be primarily focused on candidates with research interests in time-domain and multi-messenger astrophysics.

Assistant Professor in Time-Domain Astrophysics (Carnegie-Mellon University USA) The Department of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University seeks applications for a tenure-track position in time-domain astrophysics. The Department is growing rapidly. Embedded in the Department and the University is the McWilliams Center for Cosmology that fosters collaboration among the local community of astrophysicists, cosmologists, statisticians, and computer and data scientists.  We encourage applications from candidates whose research programs will exploit sensitivity of these or other data sets to time-dependent and/or transient phenomena.

Faculty opening in Astronomy and Astrophysics (University of Utah, USA)  The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah invites applications from outstanding candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in computational or statistical astrophysics. Those candidates who would benefit from the University of Utah's participation in large surveys covering infrared to X-ray wavelengths are particularly encouraged. The successful candidate will have expertise in statistics, data mining, numerical simulations, or data management. The appointment may be made at the level of assistant, associate, or full professor

Assistant Professor, Astrostatistics (University of Toronto, CA) The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Department of Statistical Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a joint (51% Statistical Sciences, 49% Astronomy and Astrophysics) tenure-stream appointment. We are interested in candidates from astronomy and astrophysics and statistical science whose research program advances both disciplines. We are particularly interested in exceptional candidates who work in areas at the cutting edge of Astrostatistics, who have  deep understanding of Astronomy and Astrophysics research problems and who can develop modern statistical techniques for analyzing massive astronomy and astrophysics data.


Postdoctoral positions 


DIRAC Postdoctoral Fellows Program (University of Washington, USA) The Data Intensive Research in Astrophysics and Cosmology (DIRAC) Institute at University of Washington invites applications for up to two 3-year DIRAC Research Associates.  Current active research programmes at DIRAC include Cosmology, Solar System science, Milky-Way structure, the Variable and Transient universe, Astronomical Software, extragalactic science, and the understanding the structure, formation, and evolution of the Milky Way using large surveys like SDSS, WISE, PanSTARRS1, ZTF and others.  We encourage candidates to highlight work and achievements related to data-intensive astronomy that they are enthusiastic about, but do not easily fit within traditional metrics of academic success (e.g. open-source software development, development of teaching or outreach materials, diversity work, etc).

Harvard Data Science  Postdoctoral Fellows (Harvard University USA) The Harvard University Data Science Initiative is seeking applications for its Harvard Data Science Postdoctoral Fellows Program for the 2019-2020 academic year.  We are looking for researchers whose interests are in data science, broadly construed, and including researchers with both a methodological and applications focus. We seek outstanding researchers whose interests relate to:  (1)  Methodological foundations,(e.g. causal inference, data systems design, deep learning, experimental design, modeling of structured data, random matrix theory, non-parametric Bayesian methods, scalable inference, statistical computation, and visualization); and (2)  Development of data science approaches tailored to analytical challenges in substantive fields that span the full intellectual breadth of Harvard’s faculties. 

Postdoctoral research associate (University of the Virgin Islands USA) The Department of Chemical and Physical Science at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI, St. Thomas Campus) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in time-domain multi-messenger astronomy. The successful candidate will work on the search for fast transients, including Long and Short Gamma-ray Bursts (GRBs), Fast Radio Bursts and Gravitational Wave (GW) electromagnetic counterparts; specifically in the context of Big Datasets and Machine Learning (ML) supervised and un-supervised classification.

Several postdoctoral positions in theoretical and computational astrophysics (University of Zurich CH) The Centre for Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Zurich invites applications for several postdoctoral positions. We are looking for applicants with a wide range of interests, from cosmology to galaxy formation, from binary black holes to planet formation.  

Postdoc in transient astrophysics (National Danish Space Institute DK) We are seeking a talented and highly motivated post-doc to work on the field of transient astrophysics. You will pursue research on the different aspects of stellar death.  Applicants with strong programming skills and previous experience in one of the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: supernovae, tidal disruption events, gravitational waves, host galaxy studies, optical/IR spectroscopy, polarimetry, transient surveys and analysis of large datasets.

Postdoc in 21cm data analysis (Arizona State University USA) The radio astronomy group at ASU invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar to conduct research on redshifted 21cm observations of the cosmic dawn and epoch of reionization from the Experiment to Detect the Global EoR Signature (EDGES) and/or the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA).  SESE is the focal point of astrophysics at Arizona State University. An essential part of SESE's mission is to make new discoveries by promoting interdisciplinary science and by integrating science and engineering.

Postdoctoral research associate in computational astrophysics (Oak Ridge National Laboratory USA) The Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) has the charge to develop and apply transformational computational science capabilities in support of dramatic advances in our understanding of the physical world and to use that knowledge to address the most pressing national and international concerns.  We are seeking Postdoctoral Research Associates to work as part of our Computational Astrophysics team. In this role, you will focus on state-of-the-art simulations for core-collapse supernovae, both performing and analyzing the results of simulations and developing the next-generation of simulation code and analysis tools. 

Eberly research fellows (Penn State University USA) The Eberly College of Science at Penn State University invites nominees for the Eberly Research Fellowship program. Eberly Fellowships are designed to attract exceptional early career scientists to Penn State to enhance their career goals in the vibrant, highly collaborative environment. Nominations for early career scientists with exceptional promise in basic research in physics, chemistry, biology, molecular biology, astronomy, mathematics, and statistics and/or applied research in health, energy, materials, or the environment are encouraged. Interdisciplinary as well as traditional disciplinary research is encouraged.   

Postdoc in radio instrumentation and/or signal processing (Arizona State University USA) The radio astronomy group at ASU invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar to conduct research on efficient, scalable signal processing for large interferometer arrays and fast transient detection and/or to develop instrumentation for redshifted 21cm experiments to improve calibration for arrays and global signal experiments.  ASU leads the development of the EPIC correlator, which is an imaging aperture-plane radio back-end that enables continuous real-time, all-sky imaging with time resolutions in the tens of microseconds for large, dense radio arrays.  

Postdoctoral position Gaia/DPAC software development (Leiden University NL) Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at Leiden Observatory to work on crowded field (spectro-)photometric data processing for the Gaia mission. Specifically, the work will result in algorithms and code, to be integrated into the DPAC processing pipeline, for the combination of repeated observations of blended sources.  

Research assistants/associates (University of Cambridge UK) The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), located at the West Cambridge site, expects to appoint several postdoctoral researchers in the IoA's observational, X-ray and theoretical astrophysics programmes. Research at the IoA includes ... astrostatistics. 

Astronomical survey postdoctoral fellow (University of Hawaii USA) The individual will pursue collaborative as well as independent programs of scientific research in one (1) or more of the following fields: Supernovae and kilonovae, galaxy morphology and evolution, dark energy and cosmology. May participate in Pan-STARRS efforts. This includes scientific software development such as algorithm development and testing, machine learning, pipeline monitoring, data evaluation, and scientific analysis. Experience in machine learning is desirable.

Research fellow, theoretical astrophysics (Monash University AU) We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the area of theoretical astrophysics. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the group’s research, which covers a variety of areas including: Astrostatistics. See also here

Postdoctoral fellowship in time domain astronomy (California Institute of Technology USA) The Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy at Caltech will offer one or more postdoctoral fellowships in time domain astronomy. Active research projects include: Zwicky Transient Facility, Global Relay of Watching Transients Happen, data mining of extensive light curve archives, infrared and radio transit observations. 

Postdoctoral fellowships in cosmology and advanced computing (Argonne National Laboratory USA) Applications are invited for post-doctoral positions in the Cosmological Physics and Advanced Computing (CPAC) Group at Argonne National Laboratory. Theory, modeling, and analysis efforts emphasize multi-wavelength survey science, cluster cosmology, and large-scale cosmological simulations. The CPAC Group has strong collaborations with applied mathematicians, computer scientists, and statisticians; access to world-leading supercomputing resources will be available.

Flatiron research fellow (Center for Computational Astronomy USA) The Center for Computational Astronomy (CCA), led by David Spergel, aims to become a focal point for computational astronomy around the world and plans to develop the computational tools needed for calculations, simulations and analyses. The CCA is looking for highly motivated individuals with a strong background in one of the following fields: astrophysics, applied math, statistics, computer science or cosmology. Flatiron Research Fellows will develop algorithms and codes for computational astrophysics and/or for the analysis of large astronomy data sets and work to apply these methods to obtain new insights into astrophysics.

Postdoctoral position in X-ray time domain astrophysics (Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics DE) Applications are invited for one postdoctoral position in the field of X-ray transients and time domain studies in the High-Energy astrophysics group of MPE in Garching including, but not limited to, transients detected in the SRG/eROSITA all-sky survey (to be started in 2019).

Two postdoctoral research positions in Galactic archeology (Carnegie Mellon University USA) The McWilliams Center for Cosmology at Carnegie Mellon University is seeking to hire two postdoctoral research associates to conduct research in the areas of galactic archaeology and large survey science.  The successful applicants will apply novel data mining, machine learning and statistical methods to large existing datasets like Gaia, SDSS, DES and PanSTARRS, and will develop methodology to prepare for upcoming surveys such as LSST, DESI and WFIRST. 

Postdoctoral position in machine learning and serendipity in astronomy (CSIRO AU) CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science (CASS) and CSIRO Data61 are looking for an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Fellow to join the vibrant and diverse astronomy and computing teams. The Fellow will  undertake postdoctoral research to develop and apply computer algorithms that can search for currently unknown astronomical sources in data streams from the Parkes and FAST radio telescopes. We are looking for someone capable of coding new algorithms, working with very large (tera-byte scale) data sets and publishing scientific results relating to these fields.

Research Associate in exoplanet applications data science (University of Cambridge UK) This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious Exoplanet Data Scientist to work within the Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit (CASU) at the Institute of Astronomy, (IoA)as part of the PLATO exoplanet analysis system development team.  The successful candidate will work within CASU's PLATO software development team and be responsible for contributing to the development of novel scientific algorithms and applications in the areas of light curve analysis and data mining of the catalogues extracted as an output of the analysis of PLATO photometric light curve data.

Joint Princeton/Flatiron postdoctoral research fellow in computational astrophysics (Princeton University - Simons Foundation USA)  As part of a new initiative in theoretical and computational astrophysics, the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral or more senior research position, to be offered jointly with the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute in New York City. We are seeking highly motivated individuals with research interests in any field of astrophysics.  Successful candidates will work in computational astrophysics, developing and applying algorithms and codes for theoretical studies in astrophysics and/or for the analysis of large astronomical data sets, and working to apply these methods to obtain new scientific insights.

Postdoctoral fellow/Comptational Data-Science Fellow (University of California-Berkeley, USA The Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP) at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for BCCP Postdoctoral Fellows and for Computational Data-Science (CDS) Fellows. The BCCP Fellows are expected to carry out independent research on topics of their choosing in cosmology. The CDS Fellows will have their research focused at the intersection between data science and physical sciences. At least one position will be jointly with the Berkeley Foundations of data analysis institute (FODA). We are especially encouraging applications in the intersection areas between physics and astronomy/astrophysics, computer science and statistics/data science.

Flatiron Research Fellow, Machine Learning & Statistics (Center for Computational Astrophysics, USA) Applications are invited for postdoctoral research positions as Flatiron Research Fellows at the Center for Computational Astronomy (CCA) in New York City. CCA aims to become a focal point for computational astronomy around the world and plans to develop the computational tools needed for calculations, simulations and analyses. Flatiron Research Fellows in ML/Stat will develop novel computational and inferential approaches for analysis of large datasets or generation of simulations including but not limited to the field of astrophysics. CCA research groups are in the following areas: Astronomical Data; Compact Objects; Galaxy Formation; Gravitational Wave Astronomy; and Cosmology X Data Science; Dynamics. The CCA is looking for highly motivated individuals with a strong background in one of the following fields: computer science, machine learning and statistics with an interest in astrophysics cosmology and/or large datasets. 

Postdoctoral Positions in Time Domain Astronomy (Northwestern University, USA) The Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) within Northwestern University invites applications for two postdoctoral associate positions in the area of time-domain astronomy, within the project “Exploring the Fourth Dimension: Enhancing the Discovery Power of Astronomical Transient Surveys with an Effective Classification/Identification System”. Applicants with strong backgrounds in astro-statistics or observations at X-ray/radio wavelengths are encouraged to apply. 

Postdoctoral position in cosmology (Institute of Sciences of the Cosmos, ES) The physical cosmology group at ICC (Institute of Sciences of the Cosmos) of the University of Barcelona is seeking outstanding postdoctoral candidates. We are looking for researchers with a strong background in cosmology and analysis of large-scale structure surveys.  Experience with analysis of data, statistics, possibly applied in the cosmological context and familiarity with coding is highly desirable. Familiarity with high performance computing is a welcome plus. 

Illinois survey science fellowship (National Center for Supercomputing Applications, USA) The National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA) and the Astronomy Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invite applications from Ph.D. scientists for the Illinois Survey Science postdoctoral fellowship. Existing research programs at Illinois include the Dark Energy Survey (DES), Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), SDSS-V, and the South Pole Telescope (SPT). 

Postdoctoral research associate (National Optical Astronomy Observatory, USA) The Community Science and Data Center (CSDC) division of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) in Tucson AZ is seeking for immediate hiring a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the ANTARES project (Arizona-NOAO Temporal Analysis and Response to Events System) to develop a tool for rapid identification of interesting sources from a growing number of imaging surveys that also provide temporal sampling. The goal is to develop a prototype for rapid identification of the “rarest” time domain alerts from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will trigger tens of thousands of alerts per minute.

Time-domain & multi-messenger astrophysics postdoctoral positions (Northwestern University, USA)  The Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) at Northwestern University invites applications for two postdoctoral associate research positions in the area of Time-Domain and Multi-messenger Astrophysics. The subject of investigation includes supernovae, tidal disruptions of stars by super-massive black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave sources.

Postdoctoral contract: Big Data Science in Astronomy 2018 (INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS, ES) The IAC (Tenerife) invites applications for ONE postdoctoral contract to work on developing pattern recognition tools to be applied to large imaging surveys within a research project in the wide context of the EU-funded SUNDIAL project. The selected candidate will work in a growing group which aims to use computer science and machine learning tools to advance the study of the morphology and structure of galaxies from existing and upcoming deep imaging surveys.

HIPPO Multi-Wavelength Data Fusion and Machine Learning for Radio Continuum Surveys (University Western Cape, ZA) The Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA), a partnership of three South African universities working on data intensive research associated with MeerKAT large survey projects, as well as large projects on other SKA pathfinder telescopes, invites applications to IDIA postdoctoral fellowships. This Fellow  will be expected to develop and optimize tools for the physical characterisation of radio sources applying SED fitting and/or machine learning techniques to multi-wavelength data. 

Other positions

Archive software and science manager (Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore MD USA) STScI is seeking an Archive Software and Science Manager as a leader supporting data and services for the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) in the Archive Sciences Branch. MAST is a multi-petabyte astronomical data archive that maintains Hubble, Kepler, GALEX, the future Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) mission data.   This is a team of 30 software engineers, database engineers, test engineers, and astronomers.