Job Advertisement: Director of Mount Laguna Observatory

The San Diego State University ( Department of Astronomy ( invites applications and nominations for the Director of Mount Laguna Observatory. We are seeking a dynamic leader who will play an important role in furthering the Department's missions of research, education, and outreach in astronomy. Applicants must have a doctorate and a demonstrated record of accomplishment in astronomical research to warrant appointment as a tenured professor in the Department of Astronomy at SDSU. The rank and salary will be determined by the successful applicant's experience and qualifications, but will be a 12-month appointment.

The successful Director candidate is expected to pursue a vigorous research program with external funding, and ideally develop collaborations with the current faculty. Experience in instrumentation is highly desirable, and an immediate duty will be to lead the effort to bring the new 1.25-m telescope -- scheduled for completion later this year -- to fully robotic operation. As a member of the teaching faculty, the successful Director hire will teach at a reduced load of one course per semester.

The Department of Astronomy offers Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Astronomy, and currently consists of six faculty. The department is observationally-oriented with expertise in interacting binary stars, stellar evolution, exoplanets, novae, and supernovae. Mount Laguna Observatory is located at an excellent dark-sky site approximately 50 miles from campus at an elevation of 6100 ft. The primary research instrument is currently a 1-m reflector equipped with CCD and near-infrared cameras for direct imaging, and a CCD Cassegrain spectrograph.

We will begin reviewing applications in January 2014, but review will continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, applicants should submit by 31 December 2013 a curriculum vitae (including list of publications), a narrative describing their professional experience and research interests, and the names of four references familiar with the applicant's qualifications to the following address:

Eric Sandquist, Search Committee Chair

Department of Astronomy

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA 92182-1221.


SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.