The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) announces the Cato-SOAR Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astrophysics. The program seeks to bring exceptional early-career researchers to UNC, providing an opportunity to pursue independent research, with access to UNC's outstanding facilities. The Fellowship is open to all fields in astronomy and astrophysics as long as the research furthers the scientific mission of the SOAR telescope. For the 2014 competition, research in theoretical astrophysics including numerical modeling that leads to new observational or instrumentation projects with SOAR is especially encouraged.
UNC has 61 nights guaranteed annually on the 4.1m SOAR telescope atop Cerro Pachon, Chile, and operates a state-of-the-art remote observing center on campus. The Department is a partner with guaranteed nights on the 11m SALT telescope, and it runs a network of robotic telescopes (the PROMPT array in Chile, and Skynet globally). The instrumentation labs built SOAR's high-throughput spectrograph, and they are working on other SOAR and large telescope instrument projects. Campus computing clusters total more than 10,000 cores.
Applicants should provide a resume, publication list, a summary of previous research (2 pages), a research proposal (3 pages), and the email addresses of three references on the UNC recruitment website, http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/32197. Applicants should arrange for three reference letters to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Complete application materials including letters are due December 1st 2013, with announcements expected mid January 2014.
For information on eligibility, please see http://physics.unc.edu/catosoar , and for inquiries, please contact email@example.com .
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