We invite applications for a Carnegie Theoretical Astrophysics Center (CTAC) Fellowship at The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Pasadena, California, to begin September 2021. Theory plays an increasingly important role in astronomy to interpret data, predict new phenomena, and inform observing strategies. The newly-formed Carnegie Theoretical Astrophysics Center (CTAC) brings theorists and observers together at the cutting edge of astrophysical research to better understand the mysteries of the universe.
The fellowship is intended to encourage long-term research in theoretical astrophysics, particularly in areas related to the ongoing efforts at the Observatories in star/galaxy/black hole formation and evolution, and cosmology (see https://obs.carnegiescience.edu/theory). Fellows are expected to carry out an independent program of research that complements and enhances both the theoretical and observational activities at Carnegie - a collaboration with observational colleagues is a key goal of the fellowship. Fellowships are awarded for one year and may be renewed for up to two additional years. The successful applicant must have completed the Ph.D. requirements before assuming the fellowship. Scientific computing resources available include the Carnegie Memex cluster (https://sites.google.com/carnegiescience.edu/memex) in addition to local computing resources, and a state-of-the-art Vizualization Lab. Fellows will have access to newly-constructed dedicated computational facilities and Carnegie observing facilities on the same basis as the scientific staff. The Carnegie Institution owns and operates the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, which includes the twin 6.5-meter Magellan telescopes as well as the 2.5-meter du Pont and 1.0- meter Swope telescopes. Carnegie is also a full institutional member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV and V. Based in Pasadena, between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology, the Observatories provides an exceptional intellectual environment and access to resources for theorists, observers, and instrumentalists alike. The fellowship provides ample support for travel, computing, and publications. At CTAC, we are committed to the liberation of human potential and innovative ideas through a maximally inclusive and supportive program. We strive for a fearless intellectual environment where innovation, rigor, and collaboration thrive.
The application should include a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a brief essay describing the applicant's current research (up to 3 pages including references), and a research proposal (up to 3 pages including references). These materials along with the names of three references must be submitted via the web to https://obs.carnegiescience.edu/fellowships/ by November 6, 2020. Reference letters are due by November 13, 2020. E-mail inquiries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Carnegie Institution for Science is an Equal Opportunity Employer.