Postdoctoral Research Positions in Time-Domain Astrophysics (Transients, Gravitational Waves, Star/Exoplanet Magnetic Activity)

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Publish Date: 
Monday, August 31, 2020
Archive Date: 
Monday, November 2, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Harvard University
Department Name: 
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Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
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60 Garden St.
United States of America
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The Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian invites applications for postdoctoral research positions with Professor Edo Berger in the area of time-domain astrophysics, including electromagnetic studies of gravitational wave sources, gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, tidal disruption events, and magnetic activity in low mass stars and exoplanets. The successful applicants will lead and participate in observations across the electromagnetic spectrum, in one or more of these areas, or will lead work on machine-learning classification of optical transients. Applicants with previous experience in optical/IR spectroscopy, space-based imaging analysis (optical/X-rays), radio obervations, and other time-domain science are encouraged to apply.

Resources include active programs with HST, Chandra, Magellan, MMT, Gemini, SOAR, IRTF, the VLA, and ALMA.

The position is for two years, renewable for a third year upon mutual agreement. 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, or equivalent, by the date of appointment.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, list of publications, and a statement explaining research interests and qualifications, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly.  All materials and inquiries should be sent by email to

Applications that are complete by December 1, 2020 will receive full consideration.

The CfA hosts a strong research program in astrophysics and provides a stimulating environment. Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Women and members of minority groups are especially welcome to apply.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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