The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics invites applications for a postdoctoral research position to work with Professor Edo Berger in the following areas: (1) Gamma-ray burst physics and applications to high-redshift galaxy studies; (2) Optical and radio transients; (3) Magnetic activity in stars, brown dwarfs, and exoplanets; (4) gravitational wave physics and electromagnetic follow-up. These topics are at the forefront of time-domain astrophysics, an exciting and growing branch of astronomical investigation. The successful applicants will lead and participate in observations across the electromagnetic spectrum. Depending on the specific area of research, the postdoc will work with Professor Berger and his research group in one or more of these areas. Applicants with previous experience in optical/IR spectroscopy, space-based imaging analysis (optical/X-rays), radio obervations, and GRB, supernova, or variable object science are encouraged to apply.
Resources include programs with several space-based observatories, the Magellan, MMT, and Gemini telescopes, the EVLA, and ALMA.
The position is for two years, renewable for a third year upon mutual agreement. The nominal starting date will be September 1, 2017, but an earlier or later start is negotiable depending on the applicant's availability. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or equivalent, by the date of appointment.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, list of publications, and a statement explaining research interests and qualifications, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly. All materials and inquiries should be sent by email to [email protected].
Applications that are complete by December 15, 2016 will receive full consideration.
The CfA hosts a strong research program in astrophysics and provides a stimulating environment. Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Women and members of minority groups are especially welcome to apply.