Rowan Catalysts for Sustainability: Tenure-track Assistant Professor

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Current state: Approved
Department: School of Earth & Environment
City: Glassboro
State/Province: NJ
Country: USA
Contact Person: Eddie Guerra
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Rowan University
Application Due Date: Monday, October 31 2022

Rowan University’s newly launched Catalysts for Sustainability program seeks to hire ten new faculty to develop, advance, and communicate solutions to humanity’s most pressing existential threats posed by the climate and biodiversity crises. The university-wide cohort will lead and collaborate across colleges, disciplines, and communities, catalyzing new initiatives in sustainability research, advocacy, and education while leveraging existing strengths. This project builds upon Rowan University’s strategic pillars (access, affordability, quality, and serving as an economic engine) and furthers our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Successful candidates will demonstrate expertise related to the climate and biodiversity crises in one or more of the following areas: environmental justice; education and public engagement including storytelling; public policy and advocacy; discipline-specific sustainability scholarship; and sustainability practice.

As part of this Rowan Catalysts for Sustainability hiring initiative, the School of Earth and Environment at Rowan University seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor with expertise related to the climate and/or biodiversity crises. The new faculty member will be appointed to one of the three departments contained within the School of Earth and Environment ( the Department of Environmental Science; the Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability; or the Department of Geology. Joint appointments, within the school or across the university, will also be entertained where appropriate. 

We seek outstanding candidates with a Ph.D. (completed by September 1, 2023) or equivalent experience in Environmental Science, Geology, Natural Sciences, Physical Geography, Environmental Studies, Environmental Planning, Regenerative Agriculture, Science Communication (related to the school’s mission), or a related field, and we encourage applications from candidates that span the full range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds. Successful candidates will be expected to teach courses and lead public-facing outreach efforts that address the physical and human dimensions of the global environmental crises. Furthermore, successful candidates will be expected to participate in the Rowan Catalysts for Sustainability Committee through service work, attending committee events, and/or collaborating with other committee members.  Candidates will be expected to develop and maintain an active, highly visible, extramurally funded research program with outstanding scholarship, and to demonstrate excellence in mentoring both graduate and undergraduate students.  

We seek scholars at the forefront of advancing our understanding of the climate crisis, and/or the biodiversity crisis, and/or human interaction with related environmental systems, who have a demonstrated commitment to effective and innovative outreach on these topics. The successful candidates will have superior communication skills and will have demonstrated a deep commitment to sharing their scholarship with the public. As part of teaching and outreach, School of Earth and Environment faculty are encouraged to develop community science and field-based teaching experiences in the nearby Edelman Fossil Park and affiliated Scotland Run Park. This position is designed to be outward facing; we are seeking dedicated agents of change, and a willingness to work with governments, NGOs, and industry to solve real-world problems. 

 Rowan University is a Carnegie-classified Doctoral University with approximately 20,000 students. Its main campus is located in Glassboro, N.J., 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia, PA. Rowan has been recognized as one of the top 100 public universities in the nation and is ranked 3rd among public institutions in the north by U.S. News & World Report.

All applications must be submitted via an online portal found at the following link:

All candidates should submit: 1) a cover letter outlining suitability for the position; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement on teaching philosophy (including discussion of the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and efforts to grow the audience for environmental/sustainability education); 4) a description of research agenda (including potential funding mechanisms); 5) a statement on effective outreach (including discussion of the candidate’s past environmental/sustainability outreach efforts); 6) links to the candidate’s public platforms used primarily for scientific communication (social media, blogs, podcasts, videos, recorded talks, popular writing, etc.); and 7) contact information for three professional references.  


Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2022 and continue until a suitable candidate has been identified.

Postdoctoral Fellow–Numerical Modeling of Thermo-chemical Convection in Earth’s Core and Implications for Geodynamo Evolution

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Current state: Approved
Department: Earth & Planets Lab
City: Washington
State/Province: District of Columbia
Category: ,
Country: United States
Contact Person: Peter Driscoll
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Carnegie Institution for Science
Application Due Date: Thursday, December 01 2022
Web Link:

Postdoctoral Fellow–Numerical Modeling of Thermo-chemical Convection in Earth’s Core and Implications for Geodynamo Evolution

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory
Location: Washington, D.C.
To Apply: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory | Carnegie Science Careers

The Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL), Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to investigate numerical modeling of thermo-chemical convection in Earth’s core and implications for geodynamo evolution. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community at the Carnegie Institution for Science. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.

The position is part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program to incorporate thermo-chemical convection to an existing numerical dynamo model (Rayleigh). The larger motivation is to investigate how two coupled buoyancy fields interact in rotating convection, and how they may have contributed to the evolution of Earth’s magnetic field.

Modeling thermo-chemical rotating convection is a complex dynamic process that involves two buoyancy fields with different diffusivities. The fields can be coupled by their boundary conditions, which is expected to produce new dynamical feedbacks between the fields that will influence the flow and magnetic field generation. The candidate will assist in the development of the 3D dynamo code (Rayleigh) in direct collaboration with Drs. Peter Driscoll (EPL) and Cian Wilson (EPL). Collaboration with other members of the Rayleigh development team working on related topics is also anticipated. The candidate will have access to Carnegie’s high performance computational facilities.

Minimum qualifications: The applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in geophysics, physics, planetary science, or a related field at the time of appointment. The candidate should have experience in computational fluid dynamics and programming proficiency, especially with Fortran and/or python.

Desired qualifications: Familiarity with numerical modeling of rotating convection is desirable, and experience with spectral or pseudo-spectral numerical modeling software is a bonus.

The application deadline is December 1, 2022. The appointment is for one year, with renewal for a second year pending progress. The position will be based at the Broad Branch Road campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. This is an FLSA Exempt position. Interested parties should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including publications), statement of research interests, and contact information for three references.

Only complete applications submitted via this website will be considered.

The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

Postdoctoral Research in Remote Sensing/Machine Learning

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Current state: Approved
City: Upton
State/Province: NY
Country: USA
Contact Person: Martin Schoonen
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Brookhaven National Laboratory
Application Due Date: Monday, February 14 2022
Web Link:

Position Description:

The Nonproliferation and National Security Department has an opening for a Post Doc to assist with the development of remote sensing algorithms to monitor uranium mining activities.  The development of the algorithms will be based on new, high-quality laboratory spectral data that will be acquired as part of an international multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary effort. The position will require close collaboration with the partner institutions.  This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, test, and validate machine-learning image processing and analysis methods
  • Participate in a multi-institutional proof-of-concept study
  • Maintain spectral data base and upload data to community spectral data bases
  • Assist in and help coordinate experimental work to collect laboratory spectral data

The position is based at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York (Long Island) and the selected candidate will work closely with project team members at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. 

Research opportunities in Space Plasmas at LASP

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Current state: Approved
Department: Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
City: Boulder
State/Province: Colorado
Country: USA
Contact Person: Xiangning Chu
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Colorado Boulder
Application Due Date: Sunday, January 31 2021
Web Link:

The Space Plasma Group at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), University of Colorado, Boulder (CU)
invites applications for multiple open positions for research scientists in Space Physics at different rankings (RS-I,
RS-II, or RS-III).
Research projects include:
(1) data analysis of Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission and accompanying modeling efforts to study magnetic
reconnection, turbulence, acceleration, shocks, and/or other kinetic plasma processes,
(2) application of Machine Learning to space weather, especially Earth?s radiation belt and ionospheric phenomena,
(3) analysis of Parker Solar Probe data to study near-Sun solar wind plasma and field phenomena, and
(4) Mars data analysis with key interest in the Langmuir Probe and Waves (LPW) data from the MAVEN mission.

The candidates must hold Ph.D. in Physics or similar Scientific or Engineering discipline. The candidate should
indicate their research interests, and how they could enhance and benefit the research projects above. Depending on the
science topic, demonstration of their skills in data analysis of particle and field observations, MHD/PIC simulation,
or machine learning is highly desirable.
Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to submit an application before January 31, 2021.

Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Contact information for three professional references,
Unofficial transcript (if graduated in 3 years) via the link:

For more information, please contact: [email protected]<

Postdoctoral Scholar Position, Exoplanet Habitability

Current state: Approved
Department: Physics and Astronomy
City: Irvine
State/Province: CA
Country: USA
Contact Person: Aomawa Shields
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of California, Irvine
Application Due Date: Friday, January 29 2021
Web Link:

The Shields Center for Exoplanet Climate and Interdisciplinary Education at UC Irvine invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in exoplanet climate and habitability. The postdoctoral researcher will work with Prof. Aomawa Shields at UCI on climate modeling studies of potentially habitable exoplanets, including systems discovered by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and other space- and ground-based observatories. Desirable qualifications include experience with computer modeling; a research background in atmospheric or planetary science; strong written and oral communication skills; and an ability to work well in a collaborative environment. The applicant should have expertise in Unix operating systems, and IDL, Matlab, or Python programming languages. Database management experience is a plus.

The appointment can begin in summer 2021, with a negotiable starting date. The initial appointment will be for one year, with a possibility of extension to longer terms contingent upon availability of funds and successful performance. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrobiology, physics, or one of the earth science disciplines prior to beginning the appointment. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Application instructions:
Interested candidates should apply online at the UC Irvine’s online application system, RECRUIT, located at [].

Candidates must submit in pdf format:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research statement
  4. Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers). For general information about this position, please contact Prof. Aomawa Shields, [email protected]

For full consideration, applications and reference letters should be received by Jan. 29, 2021. All application materials must be submitted through the UCI RECRUIT website system, RECRUIT, located at []. .

Information on postdoctoral appointments and resources at UC Irvine is available at

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Planetary Astronomer

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Current state: Approved
Department: PDS Ring-Moon Systems Node
City: Mountain View
State/Province: CA
Country: USA
Contact Person: Armine Saroian
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: SETI Institute
Application Due Date: Friday, January 15 2021
Web Link:



Position Title:                                      Planetary Astronomer

FLSA Status:                                        Full-Time, Exempt

Reports to:                                           NODE Manager

Location:                                              Mountain View, CA     


Position Summary:

The SETI Institute is seeking a Planetary Astronomer to support the work of the Ring-Moon Systems Node (RMS) of NASA’s Planetary Data System (PDS). The successful applicant will be an integral part of the RMS Node Team, which shares responsibility for archiving, augmenting, cataloging, and distributing key data sets from NASA’s missions to the outer planets. The PDS ensures that the entire community of planetary scientists has seamless access to NASA’s archive of planetary data. The RMS Node’s primary focus is on data sets relevant to planetary systems in the outer solar system, including the rings and moons of the outer planets, atmospheric research, and astrogeology.

The astronomer will focus primarily on ongoing efforts to enhance the scientific usability of RMS data sets, which include those from the Cassini, Voyager, Galileo, and New Horizons missions, as well as those from the Hubble Space Telescope and Earth-based observatories. We seek a curious and creative individual who is eager to work with data from diverse instruments and missions. The curation of planetary data requires someone who is able to understand the data’s scientific importance, assess the data’s validity, converse knowledgeably with fellow scientists, and confirm that documentation and descriptive metadata are sufficient for the needs of current and future scientists.

The astronomer will collaborate closely with the Node Manager, Dr Matt Tiscareno, on all aspects of RMS Node planning and task management. They will understudy with longtime RMS Deputy Manager, Dr Mitch Gordon, and prepare to carry on his work as he approaches retirement.

This is a full-time position with full benefits. However, the astronomer will be encouraged to seek additional research funding on any topic of their choosing including, but not limited to, topics related to the Node’s extensive data holdings. The position offers substantial growth potential for applicants who are able to demonstrate mastery of the key requirements.


  • Work with NASA’s planetary missions and other data providers on the design, preparation, submission, and peer review of archived data sets.
  • Design and maintain PDS “dictionaries”, which are used to capture the key information about astronomical observations.
  • Develop data processing pipelines to validate existing data and metadata, and convert it into the new, modern “PDS4” standard.
  • Generate and assemble supporting metadata so the data products can be integrated into OPUS, our online search engine (see
  • Work within the larger PDS community to develop and enhance archiving standards.
  • Represent the Node at PDS working groups, project meetings, scientific meetings, and to NASA.
  • Help with website content, hardware management, and research tool development.
  • Participate in team discussions about the latest results in planetary astronomy and related fields.


  • A Ph.D. or equivalent career experience in planetary astronomy, astrophysics, physics, or a closely related field. 
  • Experience in scientific data analysis and in writing research papers for peer review.
  • A personal and demonstrable scientific interest in planetary systems is highly desirable.
  • Experience with computer programming for scientific applications is required. Proficiency with the Python programming language is highly desirable.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be detail oriented, pro-active, and flexible.
  • Should have the initiative to work independently and as a team player.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Willing to accept major responsibilities and able to perform under pressure.

Diversity and Equity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

The SETI Institute is an Affirmative Action Employer and members of underrepresented communities and demographics are particularly encouraged to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ and people with disabilities.

Employment Details:

Applicants should be prepared to establish residence in the San Francisco Bay Area by the end of Summer 2021, within a comfortable commuting distance of Mountain View, California.



Cooper Union full-time tenure track position in astrophysics

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Current state: Approved
Department: Astrophysics
City: New York
State/Province: New York
Country: USA
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Cooper Union
Application Due Date: Friday, January 01 2021
Web Link:


Cooper Union full-time tenure track position in astrophysics. 50/50
position jointly with the Center for Computational Astrophysics of the
Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute.…


University of Michigan Department of Astronomy McLaughlin Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Current state: Approved
Department: Astronomy
City: Ann Arbor
State/Province: Michigan
Country: USA
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Michigan
Application Due Date: Tuesday, December 01 2020

The University of Michigan Department of Astronomy invites applications for its McLaughlin Postdoctoral Fellowship.  
Fellows are afforded the opportunity to construct and pursue an independent research program in an energetic and diverse research environment.  The
Department has guaranteed access to the 6.5 Magellan telescopes in Chile, the 1.2m and 2.4m MDM telescopes in Arizona, the NOEMA sub-mm interferometer in
France, and the Swift UV/X-ray/Gamma-ray telescope.  Observational and theoretical efforts within the department span a wide range of topics including
exoplanets, star and planet formation, and related instrumentation efforts.

The salary for the fellowship will start at 69,000 USD, with an annual research stipend of 6,000 USD.  A full benefits package is included. 
Fellowships will commence in September 2021, the expected term is three years, dependent on performance and funding.  Applicants need to have completed a Ph.
D. in astronomy, physics, or a closely related field prior to the start of the fellowship.  Applicants should send a cover letter, statement of past
research, statement of proposed research, CV, and publications list (with three ?key? papers specifically highlighted) to [email protected]


Current state: Approved
City: Ann Arbor
State/Province: Michigan
Country: USA
Contact Person: Michael R. Meyer
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Michigan
Application Due Date: Monday, January 04 2021

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Michigan welcomes applications for one (or more) post-doctoral positions to join the Formation and Evolution
of Planetary Systems research group ( <
<[email protected] <

Associate Director KPNO

Current state: Approved
Department: MSO
City: Tucson
State/Province: Arizona
Country: USA
Contact Person: AURA Human Resources
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: AURA/ NOIRLab
Application Due Date: Thursday, December 31 2020
Web Link:

NSF’s NOIRLab is the preeminent US national center for ground-based, nighttime optical and infrared astronomy. The mission of NOIRLab is to enable breakthrough discoveries in astrophysics by developing and operating state-of-the-art ground-based observatories and providing data products and services for a diverse and inclusive community. 

At an elevation of 2098 m, Kitt Peak is located 88 km from Tucson on the Tohono O’odham nation.  It is home to approximately 20 operational telescopes, include the 4 m Mayall and the 3.5 m WIYN.  The Mayall telescope is host to the Department of Energy’s Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI).  This 5,000 fiber, wide-field spectrometer is just starting a 5-year spectroscopic survey, and will produce the most detailed map of the cosmos to date.  WIYN is the home of a new, NASA-funded high precision radial velocity spectrometer, NEID (meaning “to see” or “to visualize” in the Tohono O’odham language).  NEID is at the center of the NN-EXPLORE, a joint program by NASA and NSF to support exoplanet discover and characterization.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the DESI and NN-EXPLORE research programs. 

Kitt Peak is also home to the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory 2.3m Bok telescope and the Arizona Radio Observatory 12m submillimeter telescope, NRAO’s VLBA 25m radio telescope, LPL’s Space Watch telescopes (0.9m, 1.8m), the KPNO 2.1m telescope (currently operated by Caltech), the MDM Observatory (1.3m, 2.4m), the RCT (1.3m), SARA (0.9m), WIYN 0.9m, Case-Western Burrell-Schmidt, and several telescopes operated by the Kitt Peak Visitor Center, including the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope.  

As part of the Mid-Scale Observatories program (MSO) and NOIRLab, the Associate Director for KPNO reports to the MSO Director and will be responsible for the performance of observatory science and public operations, stewardship of the Observatory and mountain, and long-term planning. The position is based in Tucson, with frequent travel to Kitt Peak. 

Essential Functions: 

Responsibilities of the Associate Director include but are not limited to:  

  • Performance of observatory science and public operations, including 
    • Successful operation of the Mayall telescope for the DESI survey.  
    • Successful operation of the WIYN Observatory, including the NEID RV survey and WIYN partner programs. 
    • Participation in scientific research using KPNO facilities. 
    • Support of tenant facilities and management of tenant agreements.  
    • Support of public operations, including the Kitt Peak Visitor Center and Windows on the Universe Center for Astronomy Outreach. 
  • Stewardship of the Observatory and mountain  
    • Build and maintain strong and productive relationships with Tohono O’odham Nation officials, educators, students, parents, artisans, and civic groups through word and action. 
    • Protect the Observatory site from light pollution from commercial, residential, and recreational outdoor lighting, working with tribal, county, and state officials and stakeholders. 
    • Create and nurture a diverse, inclusive and equitable working environment.  
    • Develop and maintain Observatory infrastructure long-term maintenance, upgrade, and sustainability plans, in collaboration with NOIRLab Central Operations Services (COS). 
  • Lead the long-term planning for KPNO, including 
    • Planning for future scientific use of the DESI instrument after 5-yr survey is complete.  
    • Planning for further work w/NEID following NN-EXPLORE.  
    • Representing KPNO in future developments through the WIYN partnership.  
    • Preserving the viability of support services to tenants. 
    • Ensuring KPNO maintains a vital place in the suite of US community facilities. 

Required Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities: 

  • PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or related field. 
  • Experience in the management of major scientific programs. 
  • Significant record of publication of scientific papers in an area of astronomical research. 
  • Ability to present and communicate ideas effectively both verbally and in writing. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships internally, with diverse stakeholders, and with the scientific community. 
  • Ability to provide scientific leadership to peers and junior colleagues. 

Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • The work is mostly carried out in an office environment. Long periods of sitting and computer usage may be required. 
  • Must be able to work and climb stairs at an altitude of 2098m/6,800 ft  
  • Occasional travel is required 

AURA offers an excellent benefits package including paid time off and retirement plan contributions, competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a very attractive work environment. 

We are committed to diversity and inclusion at NOIRLab.  Our managing organization, AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at 

Preference will be given to qualified internal candidates and qualified Native Americans living on or near the Tohono O’odham reservation. 

Please list 3 professional references in your application (references will only be contacted later in the recruitment process) and attach: a cover letter and a CV or resume, PDF files preferred. Please name any attachments with the following format: Lastname Docname. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to [email protected]

Veterans, disabled individuals or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process should request assistance at [email protected]  

The position will remain open until filled. To be considered in the first round of reviews, please submit your application by December 1, 2020.  

****NOIRLab has the majority of  staff working remotely during COVID-19 crisis. The safety of our staff and community is our top priority. We will continue to interview and screen candidates in this new virtual landscape. Offers of employment can be extended and new hires can on-board virtually and arrangements may be made for remote work. Relocation benefits will be available to those eligible when travel can be supported**** 

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and three international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the NSF’s NOIRLab, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA.  

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws.