Tenure Track Position(s)

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
City: Flagstaff
State/Province: AZ
Country: United States
Contact Person: Catie Blazek
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Lowell Observatory
Application Due Date: Tuesday, May 31 2022
Web Link: https://lowell.edu/about/career-opportunities/

Lowell Observatory invites applications for one or more tenure-track positions in astronomy or planetary science. We seek to add early-career scientists with a strong potential to enhance research at Lowell Observatory. Our scientists are free to pursue research projects of their choice; while they typically bring in a large fraction of their salary through grants, these positions are not contingent upon external funding.

Current research at Lowell Observatory spans a wide range of disciplines from planetary science and exoplanets to stellar astrophysics, Galactic and extragalactic astronomy as well as instrumentation. Staff have access to the full range of resources of the Observatory, including the 4.3-m Lowell Discovery Telescope (LDT), the Naval Precision Optical Interferometer (NPOI), several 1-m class telescopes, the Astrophysical Materials Lab at Northern Arizona University, and our instrumentation and engineering resources. Lowell offers numerous opportunities to work with undergraduate and graduate students from nearby Northern Arizona University as well as other universities around the country and the world. Lowell’s new Astronomy Discovery Center, which will open in 2024, and the award-winning Native American Astronomy Outreach Program offer additional opportunities for staff to engage in science communication as part of the observatory’s education and public outreach mission.


Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in astronomy, planetary science, or a related field and have demonstrated a potential for independent research and for acquiring external funding. Lowell Observatory is committed to diversity and inclusion in its workforce; we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.

Applicants will be assessed according to their scientific potential, their potential to complement and enhance science at Lowell Observatory, and their potential to acquire external funds. Interest in science communication and in engaging the public in astronomy and planetary science is a plus.


Long periods of standing or sitting at a computer are required. A valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one is required. Driving in winter conditions on mountain roads is to be expected.  The position may include periods of night-time work.  Our telescope facilities are located 15-45 miles outside of Flagstaff.

To Apply:
Please send the following documents in a single pdf to [email protected]

  1. Cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the position, how they will complement and enhance research specifically at Lowell Observatory
  2. A current CV with a full publication list
  3. A research plan (maximum 3 pages excluding references) tailored to the scientific environment that Lowell Observatory provides
  4. Lowell Short Form Application (https://lowell.edu/about/career-opportunities)
  5. The names and email addresses of three individuals who have agreed to send reference letters by May 31st 2022 to [email protected]. Candidates should request the reference letters themselves.

Complete applications received by May 31, 2022 will receive full consideration.

For further information, contact Christoph Keller, Director of Science, at [email protected].