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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.