Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
Carnegie Observatories
Street Line 1: 
813 Santa Barbara Street
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

We invite applications for a Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Astrophysics at The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Pasadena, California, to begin September 2019.

The fellowship is intended to encourage long-term research in theoretical astrophysics, particularly in areas related to the ongoing efforts at the Observatories in star/galaxy/black hole formation and evolution, and cosmology (see Fellows are expected to carry out an independent program of research that complements and enhances both the theoretical and observational activities of the observatory—collaboration with observational colleagues is a key goal of the fellowship.

Fellowships are awarded for one year and may be renewed for up to two additional years. The successful applicant must have completed the Ph.D. requirements before assuming the fellowship.

The Carnegie Institution owns and operates the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, which includes the twin 6.5-meter Magellan telescopes as well as the 2.5-meter du Pont and 1.0-meter Swope telescopes.  Carnegie is also a full institutional member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV and V.  Based in Pasadena, between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology, the Observatories provides an exceptional intellectual environment and access to resources for theorists, observers, and instrumentalists alike. Scientific computing resources available include the Carnegie Memex cluster ( in addition to local computing resources. Fellows will have access to newly constructed, dedicated computational facilities and Carnegie observing facilities on the same basis as the scientific staff. The fellowship provides ample support for travel, computing, and publications.

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that the academic environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas work together. As such, we urge applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.

The application should include a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a brief essay describing the applicant's current research (up to 3 pages including references), and a research proposal (up to 5 pages including references). These materials along with the names of three references must be submitted via the web to by November 5, 2018. Applicants for the Carnegie Theory Fellowship can also choose to be considered for the Carnegie-Princeton, Carnegie Origins, and/or Carnegie Fellowships with a single application. Applicants interested in multiple fellowships should describe in their research proposal how their plans would differ for each fellowship. E-mail inquiries may be sent to Dr. Josh Simon at

All applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, November 5, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Carnegie Fellowships Committee
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Dr. Josh Simon