51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellowship in Planetary Astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, July 2, 2018
Archive Date: 
Monday, October 1, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Heising-Simons Foundation
Los Altos
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Heising-Simons Foundation invites applications for the 51 Pegasi b Fellowship Program. The fellowship provides an opportunity for recent doctoral scientists to develop innovative instrumentation or to conduct novel theoretical and observational research in planetary astronomy. The fellowship program supports postdoctoral fellows to advance our fundamental understanding of exoplanets, solar system science, planet formation and evolution, planetary atmospheres, protoplanetary disks, or other closely related topics.

The fellowship program recognizes early-career investigators of significant potential and provides them with the opportunity to conduct independent research. Each recipient will receive a three-year grant of up to $375,000 to cover salary, benefits, highly-flexible discretionary spending (e.g., travel, child care, research equipment, personal computers, etc.), and indirect costs. Awarded postdoctoral fellows are expected to carry out a strong, coherent research program in planetary astronomy.

The Foundation anticipates awarding six to eight fellowships this year, based on the quality of submissions. The Heising-Simons Foundation is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion within its community. Thus, we particularly welcome applications from individuals who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in planetary sciences and astronomy such as women, persons with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities, gender and sexual minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification of the field.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants may come from any academic institution or research lab, both nationally and internationally.
  • Applicants are not required to have US citizenship; however, all visa and work permit paperwork is the responsibility of the fellow and host institution.
  • Applicants must have received a doctoral degree in astronomy, physics, earth and planetary sciences, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, or a related discipline. Doctoral degrees must be awarded after August 31, 2009 and before August 31, 2019.

51 Pegasi b Fellowship research must be pursued at one of the following ten institutions:

  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Chicago
  • Princeton University
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Arizona
  • Yale University

An online application form must be completed if you wish to be considered for the fellowship. Further details and the online application form can be found at www.51pegasib.org. The application portal will open on August 6, 2018 and will close on October 1, 2018.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 1, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, February 15, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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