The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announces the 2013 Jansky Fellowship Program which provides outstanding postdoctoral opportunities for research in astronomy. Jansky Fellows formulate and carry out investigations either independently or in collaboration with others within the wide framework of interests of the Observatory. Prior radio experience is not required and multi-wavelength projects leading to a synergy with NRAO instruments are encouraged. The NRAO also encourages applications from candidates with interest in radio astronomy instrumentation, computation, and theory.
Appointments may be made for positions at any of the NRAO sites: Socorro, NM; Green Bank, WV; and Charlottesville, VA. With ALMA reaching full operation in 2013, Jansky appointments will also be available with NRAO in Santiago, Chile. Jansky Fellows are also encouraged to spend time at universities working with collaborators during the course of their Fellowship.
In addition to appointments at NRAO sites, non-resident Jansky Fellowships may be offered for appointments that are hosted at a university within the United States. Frequent and/or long term visits to NRAO sites are encouraged. Split Fellowships with time spent at NRAO and a university within the US are permitted.
The starting salary will be $63,000 per year with appointment duration of two years, and possible renewal for a third. A research budget of up to $10,000 per year is provided for travel and computing requirements. Fellows are eligible for page charge support, vacation accrual, health insurance coverage, and a moving allowance. In addition, up to $3,000 per year is provided to non-NRAO institutions hosting Jansky Fellows to defray local institutional costs.
Note that the match between the host university and the candidate's research program is an important factor in the selection process. Also, appointments of more than one Jansky Fellow at a single external institution at a given time are discouraged. A list of blocked institutions for 2013 can be found on our website.
The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for young scientists to establish themselves as independent researchers so that they may more effectively compete for permanent positions. The placement of Fellows at institutions other than the NRAO will help foster closer scientific ties between the NRAO and the U.S. astronomical community. The NRAO Postdoctoral Symposium is held annually to ensure close contact among all Observatory Fellows and the NRAO.
Candidates must receive their PhD prior to beginning a Jansky Fellowship appointment. The deadline for BOTH applications and letters of recommendation is Thursday, November 1, 2012. However, letters of recommendation will be accepted for a period of one week following the deadline - until close of business on November 7, 2012. Award offers will be made by February 11, 2013, with the Fellowships normally expected to begin September 2013.
For further information and to apply, please visit our Careers Page at https://careers.nrao.edu. Please combine into one PDF file and attach to your NRAO application a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publications list, summary of previous and current research, and a research proposal.
The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)