Postdoctoral Research Position in Astrochemistry

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Harvard University
Department Name: 
Harvard College Observatory
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian invites applications for a postdoctoral research position to work with Professor Karin Öberg in astrochemistry. The Öberg astrochemistry group explores the origins of chemical complexity in space and how chemistry affects star and planet formation, including the bulk and organic compositions of young planets. The successful applicant will lead and participate in laboratory, theoretical and/or observational projects in line with this mission. They will work with Professor Öberg to develop new programs, support existing ones, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. Applicants with previous experience in laboratory or theoretical astrochemistry research are especially encouraged to apply.

Resources include a astrochemistry laboratory with three state-of-the-art ice experiments, the Odyssey and ITC (Institute for Theory and Computation) computer clusters, as well as access to data from multiple ALMA and SMA observational programs. More information about the Öberg lab at

The position is for one year, renewable for a second and third year upon mutual agreement and available funds. The nominal starting date will be September 1, 2021, but an earlier or later start is negotiable depending on the applicant's availability. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, chemistry, or equivalent, by the date of appointment. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, list of publications, and a 4 page statement explaining research interests and qualifications, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly through our application portal -

Applications that are complete by February 1, 2021 will receive full consideration. The CfA hosts a strong research program in astronomy/astrophysics/astrochemistry and provides a stimulating environment. Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Included Benefits: 

A description of benefits is provided at under the "Employee Postdoc" column. 

Application Deadline: 
Monday, February 1, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Karin Öberg
Harvard University
Department Name: 
Harvard College Observatory
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Christine Benoit
Öberg Postdoc Opportunity