Cosmic Frontier Center Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Texas at Austin
Department Name: 
Department of Astronomy
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Astronomy Department at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for the inaugural Cosmic Frontier Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship. Frontier Fellows will be housed in the Cosmic Frontier Center (CFC), where they will perform independent research projects in collaboration with one or more CFC faculty members. The CFC is a new center ( in the Astronomy Department focused on galaxy formation in the early universe, uniting observers and theorists to solve the most pressing problems in this area combining cutting-edge observations with state-of-the-art computer simulations. 

We anticipate hiring a cohort of at least two fellows this year, with additional fellows added to the cohort in future years. The CFC will promote a vibrant research atmosphere with several events, from weekly research discussions, to an annual showcase conference.

Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate in high-visibility JWST programs led by CFC faculty, including existing programs such as CEERS, COSMOS-Web, Glimpse, and NGDEEP. Fellows will also have access to high-performance computing resources within the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and the McDonald Observatory facilities. 

UT Austin has a large astronomy program, and is committed to support the academic success of all members of its community. Austin is a vibrant city with an active music and cultural scene, and excellent weather allowing year-round outdoor activities. 

Applications should be submitted to, and include a cover letter, CV, list of publications, a statement of research accomplishments and future research plans (up to 4 pages including figures), and 3 letters of recommendation. Complete applications received by 12/15/2023 will receive full consideration. Questions regarding this position should be addressed to [email protected].

By the anticipated starting date of 9/1/2024 the applicants should have obtained a Ph.D. in Astronomy or Physics. The appointment is for an expected period of three years (renewed annually based on performance and funding availability). Starting salary will be $75,000, and a $10,000 annual research budget will be provided. Additional funds for moving expenses and computing will be available. UT has an excellent benefits program (

The University of Texas at Austin, as an EEO/AA employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$75000.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

UT has an excellent benefits program (

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 15, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 15, 2024
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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