Research Assistant Professor

New York, NY

CUNY Macaulay Honors College

Position Title: Research Assistant Professor – Macaulay Honors College

Job ID: 22352

Compensation: $90,035

Closing Date: Review of applications is ongoing with a priority deadline of May 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled


Faculty Vacancy Announcement

Research faculty engage in, are responsible for, manage, and/or execute significant areas of research or scholarship.  They may serve as principal or co-principal investigators on grants or contracts, manage postdoctoral fellows and their research projects or supervise graduate or undergraduate student research.  Research Faculty hold full-time, non-tenure track positions.   While they may participate in instructional programs, such as lectures or demonstrations, they are not assigned regular teaching duties.



Macaulay Honors College (MHC), one of the 25 schools and colleges in the CUNY system, invites outstanding candidates to apply for a collaborative research faculty position based in New York City. We seek candidates who use computational and theoretical tools to explore topics in astrobiology and planetary and exoplanetary atmospheres.


MHC seeks a full-time research faculty position that is anticipated to begin on September 1, 2021 for one year and then be annually reappointed thereafter, for a total of six years, subject to satisfactory performance. The incumbent will be expected to engage and supervise Macaulay students in his/her research; provide lectures to Macaulay audiences at large and in seminars; supervise capstone/springboard senior projects; participate in the annual STEAM Festival; and add to the intellectual life of the college by hosting and participating in colloquia. The Research Assistant Professor, during his/her time at CUNY, will regularly engage as a visiting scholar at the Simons Foundation’s Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA). More information about CCA is available at

The successful candidate will be one who is passionate about involving talented undergraduates in multidisciplinary research, and sharing expertise within a small, multidisciplinary faculty. As chemistry and biological sciences are among the top three majors at Macaulay, students are eager to participate in lab research. We seek candidates who demonstrate the desire and potential to develop an exciting research program, and provide individual mentorship opportunities and group research projects. We particularly value a demonstrated commitment to CUNY’s mission to provide transformational opportunities to individuals from diverse economic backgrounds and racial and ethnic backgrounds underrepresented in the Academy. This position reports to the Chief Academic Officer/Senior Associate Dean at MHC.

Consistently ranked as one of the top ten public honors colleges in the nation, Macaulay Honors College ( provides exceptional students with a rigorous education drawing on the vast academic resources of the nation’s largest urban public university and the rich, cultural diversity of New York City. Our students represent the top 4% of the 13,000+ incoming freshmen from eight senior CUNY campuses spread across all five boroughs of New York City. Our eight senior colleges are Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, Queens, and the College of Staten Island. We have a student body of approximately 2,083 – and about 4,700 alumni.



Ph.D. in area(s) of expertise or equivalent.  Also required are success in carrying out research and ability to advise and/or oversee the direct work of others.

A preferred candidate should have:
- PhD degree in physics, astrophysics (with a focus on astrobiology), or geoscience or a closely related discipline.
- Postdoctoral research experience.
- Undergraduate teaching experience.
- Experience in communicating science to general audiences.


How to Apply:

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To apply, please send the following documents as one PDF document:
- A cover letter. To assist the search committee, all cover letters should address your interest in the joint position and how you envision your teaching and research will contribute to both institutions.
- A current curriculum vitae.
- A statement of your teaching philosophy (typically 1-2 pages).
- A research statement that addresses your current activities and interests, your future plans and goals. This statement should specifically address how you would make use of the joint appointment and involve undergraduates in your research program (4 pages maximum).
- One or two published research papers in PDF format.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Posted: 04/26/2021