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 beginning in April 2017, the EHT will commence observations with imaging capability.
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 2017, or earlier by arrangement. Applicants with experience in radio interferometry, software, astronomy data pipelines, digital signal processing and 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, engineering, or a related field. The annual stipend for 2017 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 [email protected]. Applications must be received before Nov 30, 2016.
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, gender or national origin.