Eccles AstroData Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Publish Date: 
Friday, October 22, 2021
Archive Date: 
Friday, December 3, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Utah, Physics & Astronomy
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115 S 1400 E Rm 201
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Salt Lake City
United States of America
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Eccles AstroData Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah invites applications for the Eccles AstroData Postdoctoral Fellowship in astronomy & astrophysics.  The Eccles Fellow is expected to carry out independent research in collaboration with faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and students at the University of Utah.  We are especially interested in candidates with experience in computational astrophysics, with applications to large surveys/datasets, numerical simulations, and/or astrophysical transients. The Fellowship is open to candidates with expertise in observational and/or theoretical astrophysics.

The department and the University of Utah are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive environment, and we seek candidates who share these values and, through their day-to-day interactions, will support and promote an inclusive environment in the department. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field by the time of appointment, expected to be September 1, 2022.

The University of Utah has an active Astronomy Group (, with faculty members carrying out research on galaxy formation and evolution, Galactic archaeology and chemodynamics, planet formation, galaxy clusters, theoretical gravitational dynamics, astrophysical transients, and observational cosmology. The University of Utah is a key contributor to cutting-edge survey science, with faculty playing leadership roles in the DESI, SDSS-IV, and SDSS-V surveys, and the Rubin LSST community; the University is a full institutional member and the data repository of SDSS. The Astronomy Group has comprehensive access to many resources for computation, data management, and data visualization at the University of Utah, including the Center for High Performance Computing (, the Scientific Computation and Imaging Institute (, and the School of Computing ( The Eccles Fellow will be encouraged to take the advantage of the facilities and resources at the University of Utah.

The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, a large metropolitan area renowned for its natural beauty, proximity to several state and national parks, and diversity of recreational and cultural opportunities.

Fellowship appointments are for 3 years. The position provides a competitive salary ($65,000 per year), an annual research fund, benefits, and relocation expenses. The University can sponsor J-1 or H-1b visas for non-US citizens.

Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae (with a list of publications), a statement of research interests and plans (roughly 4 pages or less), and contact information for references. Letters of recommendation will be solicited for short-listed candidates only. Applications must be submitted as a single PDF (filename as Lastname_Firstname.pdf) using this link: Inquiries about this position should be addressed to [email protected]. For full consideration, all materials (excluding letters of recommendation) should be received by December 1, 2021. We anticipate an offer being made in late January.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

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Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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Online reports may be submitted at [email protected].

For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: [email protected] or call 801-581-2300.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, January 31, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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