The MIT Kavli Institute (MKI) for Astrophysics and Space Research invites applications for the Juan Carlos Torres Fellowship in Astrophysics. The appointment will be made to an outstanding researcher in astrophysics, with a preference for the field of exoplanetary science. MKI’s community includes observers, theorists, and instrument builders, and applications are encouraged from any of these disciplines. MIT is the PI institution for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite mission, and our researchers have access to the 6.5-meter Magellan Telescopes, the WINTER 1-meter optical/IR survey telescope, the LIGO laboratory, and a dedicated CPU+GPU computing cluster at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center.
The appointment will be for a maximum of three years, with annual renewal contingent on performance. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, or equivalent, by the date of their appointment. The stipend for 2024-2025 will be approximately $82,400 with a research budget of approximately $18,000 per year. Funds will also be provided for health benefits and relocation.
The application deadline is December 4, 2023, all materials and letters should be received by this date for full consideration. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a CV, a list of publications, and a statement explaining their past and current research (maximum 3 pages) as well as a research proposal (maximum 3 pages) to this site and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded. Only web submissions will be accepted.
Non-U.S. nationals who are offered a postdoctoral fellowship must be eligible for appropriate non-immigrant status, such as J-1, F-1 OPT / STEM, or hold other employment authorization (EAD), for the duration of the fellowship appointment. Please note that MIT will not process H-1B and E-3 employment-based, non-immigrant visa sponsorship applications for Torres Fellows.
MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.
Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check.