The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory announces competition for the Harlan J. Smith McDonald Observatory Postdoctoral Fellowship. This Fellowship is open to anyone who has their PhD in Astronomy or a closely allied field or will receive it by 31 August 2019. The applicant’s research interest may be in any area of astronomy and astrophysics. Preference will the given to applicants in the following two fields: 1) exoplanet observations and/or characterization; and 2) galactic archaeology.
The observing facilities of McDonald Observatory available for research include the 9.2-m Hobby-Eberly Telescope, the 2.7-m Harlan J. Smith Telescope, the 2.1-m Otto Struve Telescope, and the 0.8-m wide-field imaging telescope. We also have access to the Las Cumbres network of telescopes, as well as the Texas Advanced Computing Center. The Fellowship includes funding for research expenses and travel. Additional funds are available for relocation expenses. Initial appointment will be for one year beginning September 2019, with the expectation of renewal for a second and third year following satisfactory research performance. Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. upon arrival and to reside in Austin.
Please complete an application form at https://tinyurl.com/yczs9wjl. After you submit this form, you will receive an email containing specific instructions for completing the remaining key parts of the application, which includes submitting a cover letter and statement of proposed research, as well as information for providing three letters of recommendation.
The submission deadline for all application materials and recommendation letters is November 20, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. CST. Inquiries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org; please do not send any application materials to this email address.