MIT Kavli Fellowship

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Archive Date: 
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department Name: 
Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The MIT Kavli Institute (MKI) for Astrophysics and Space Research invites applications for the MIT Kavli Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astrophysics. The appointment will be made to an outstanding researcher displaying significant promise in any area of astrophysics, including theory, observation, or instrumentation. MKI has access to the 6.5m Magellan Telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile. In addition, MKI is a participant in a number of projects that provide opportunity for involvement, including the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS, whose Science Operations Center is headquartered at MKI), the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA), the Chandra X-Ray Center, and NASA’s NICER mission on the ISS International Space Station. Opportunities exist for candidates with interest in space- or ground-based instrumentation at optical, IR, X-ray and or radio frequencies.


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 2021-2022 will be approximately $76,000 with a research budget of approximately $15,000. Funds will also be provided for health benefits.


The application deadline is December 6, 2020. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, list of publications, and a statement explaining your past and current research (maximum 3 pages) as well as a research proposal (maximum 3 pages) to and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted. Only web submissions will be accepted.


Non-U.S. nationals who are offered a postdoctoral fellowship must hold appropriate non-immigrant status, such as J-1, F-1 OPT/STEM, or other employment authorization (EAD), for the duration of the fellowship appointment.  Please note that H-1B and E-3 employment-based, non-immigrant visa sponsorships are not possible for this position.


MIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability.


Application Deadline: 
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
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