Event Horizon Telescope Postdoctoral Fellowships at SAO

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Other
Institution/Company: 
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Street Line 1: 
60 Garden Street
Street Line 2: 
MS 42
City: 
Cambridge
State/Province: 
MA
Zip/Postal: 
02138
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for postdoctoral positions at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), a member of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, to work with the SAO Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) group.  The EHT is an international project whose goal is to image and time resolve the supermassive black holes at the center of the Milky Way (SgrA*) and in Virgo A (M87) using the technique of Very Long Baseline Interferometry.  Prior EHT observations of these two sources have confirmed horizon-scale structure, and the EHT successfully completed its first campaign with imaging capability in April 2017.

We anticipate making two postdoc appointments, one with an instrumentation focus, and one with a science/software focus.  Excellent candidates in both areas are encouraged to apply. The fellowships will start in the Summer or Fall of 2018, or earlier by arrangement.  Applicants with proven expertise and experience in radio interferometry, software, astronomy data pipelines, digital signal processing and/or instrumentation, and black hole theory/simulation/modeling are encouraged to apply.  There are multiple opportunities for the successful candidates to take on leading roles within the EHT.

Applicants must have a recent PhD in astronomy, physics, engineering, or a related field. The annual stipend for 2018 is $65,000. The position is for three years.

Candidates should submit a pdf package consisting of a current CV, publication list, and 1-2 page summary of research interests with reference to EHT work, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to eht_postdoc@cfa.harvard.edu. Applications must be received before January 31, 2018.

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer where all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, sex or national origin.

Pay Compensation
Stipend: 
$65000.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

Smithsonian group health and dental insurance coverage is fully paid for individuals and families. Relocation expenses up to $4,000 will be reimbursed and funds are available for research costs and travel.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
EHT Postdoctoral Fellowship
Institution/Company: 
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Department Name: 
Event Horizon Telescope Project
Street Line 1: 
60 Garden Street
Street Line 2: 
MS 42
City: 
Cambridge
State/Province: 
MA
Zip/Postal Code: 
02138
Country: 
United States of America
Email: 
eht_postdoc@cfa.harvard.edu
Inquiries About Job
Email: 
eht_postdoc@cfa.harvard.edu