Harlan J. Smith McDonald Observatory Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Publish Date: 
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Archive Date: 
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
The University of Texas at Austin
Department Name: 
McDonald Observatory
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2515 Speedway
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United States of America
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Harlan J. Smith McDonald Observatory Postdoctoral Fellowship

The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory announces competition for the Harlan J. Smith McDonald Observatory Postdoctoral Fellowship. This Fellowship is restricted to new Ph.D. graduates without previous postdoctoral experience. The applicant’s research interest may be in any area of astronomy and astrophysics. Preference will the given to applicants in the following two fields: 1) working in areas of star formation, molecular clouds and/or synthetic observations; 2) working on near-field cosmology and / or faint stellar systems as probes of the high-redshift Universe and the nature of dark matter. Both theorists and observers are welcome to apply.

The observing facilities of McDonald Observatory available for research include the 9.2-m Hobby-Eberly Telescope, the 2.7-m Harlan J. Smith Telescope, the 2.1-m Otto Struve Telescope, and the 0.8-m wide-field imaging telescope. In addition, the facilities of the Texas Advanced Computing Center are available. The Fellowship includes funding for research expenses, including travel. Additional funds are available for relocation expenses. Initial appointment will be for one year beginning September 2018, with the expectation of renewal for a second and third year following satisfactory research performance. Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. upon arrival and to reside in Austin.

Application Instructions:

  1. Applicants should fill out the information form at: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bE1XrwXHfFc313f
  2. Once the form has been filled out you will receive two additional steps explaining the supplemental documents required for submission for your application to be considered complete and eligible for consideration


The submission deadline for all application materials and letters of recommendation is November 20, 2017 at 11:59pm CST.

If you have questions send an email to mcdobs.postdoc@astro.as.utexas.edu. This email address is for clarification/information purposes only. Please do not send any application materials to this email.

Included Benefits: 

For information on employee benefits, please see the HRS-Benefits home page at http://www.utexas.edu/hr/current/insurance.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, November 20, 2017
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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