The Submillimeter Array (SMA), a collaborative project of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan), consists of eight movable 6 meter diameter antennas that together combine to make uniquely detailed images in the submillimeter part of the spectrum, through atmospheric windows that open up on the high, dry summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. With collecting area comparable to the largest single dish submillimeter telescopes and baselines to 500 meters, the SMA is used for subarcsecond resolution studies of a wide range of astrophysical phenomena, including Solar System bodies, protoplanetary disks, star forming regions, evolved stars, supermassive black holes, and galaxies both nearby and at cosmological distances.
Applications are invited for SMA Postdoctoral Fellowships starting in fall 2011. These positions are aimed chiefly at research in submillimeter astronomy, and successful candidates will participate either in observations with the SMA or in their interpretation. Applicants must have a recent Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field. Practical experience in millimeter or submillimeter wavelength astronomy, radio interferometry, instrumentation, or experience in any applicable branch of astrophysical theory is desirable. Applicants may choose to be based either at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA or at the SMA facility on the campus of the University of Hawaii, Hilo, HI. Information and instructions for submitting applications can be found at http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/opportunities/fellowships/sma/ . Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Online applications are due November 30, 2010.
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