Open Faculty Position in Stars and Stellar Populations

This image shows the sparkling centerpiece of Hubble’s 25th anniversary tribute. Westerlund 2 is a giant cluster of about 3000 stars located 20 000 light-years away in the constellation Carina. Hubble’s near-infrared imaging camera pierces through the dusty veil enshrouding the stellar nursery, giving astronomers a clear view of the dense concentration of stars in the central cluster.

The Department of Astronomy at Case Western Reserve University invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the fields of stellar physics and/or stellar populations, such as the properties and evolution of individual stars and/or stellar populations in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies, to begin on or about August 17, 2020. Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D., an active research program with the promise to build an international reputation and attract external research funding, teach both introductory and advanced courses, and mentor students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The teaching load is one course per semester, plus student mentoring and occasional one credit seminars.

The CWRU Department of Astronomy has historical strengths in stars and stellar populations, as well as active research programs in extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. The department owns and operates the Burrell Schmidt telescope on Kitt Peak, and has a diverse array of computational assets. Further details about the department can be found at

To apply, candidates should submit a cover letter, cv, statement of research, and a statement of teaching and mentoring. The latter should address the potential to contribute to the department’s strong tradition of mentoring undergraduate research students. Please also arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted via the online application by the application deadline. Apply to this position at by December 5.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216.368.8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.