ULTRASAT Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
Weizmann Institute of Science
Department Name: 
Particle Physics and Astrophysics
Street Line 1: 
234 Herzl Street
City: 
Rehovot
State/Province: 
Israel
Zip/Postal: 
7610001
Country: 
Israel
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The ULTRASAT Postdoctoral Fellowship Program invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a 3-year ULTRASAT Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship. ULTRASAT Fellows are expected to conduct independent research that will support the ULTRASAT mission. Fellows can pursue research in theoretical, numerical, observational or experimental astrophysics related to ULTRASAT science,  either within the framework of current ULTRASAT Working Groups areas or new ones.

ULTRASAT is a scientific satellite that is planned to be launched to GEO orbit in 2025. It will be carrying a telescope with an unprecedentedly large field of view (204 squared degrees), that will conduct the first wide-field survey of transient and variable ultraviolet (UV, 230-290nm) sources. ULTRASAT will have a broad scientific impact across the fields of gravitational wave sources, supernovae, variable and flare stars, active galactic nuclei, tidal disruption events, compact objects, and galaxies. It will open a new wave band (UV) and cadence access (minutes to months), with a vast space for serendipitous discovery.

ULTRASAT Fellows will be part of the Astrophysics group within the Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and will have access to the resources available to the group. These include the Large Array Survey Telescope (LAST) at the Weizmann Institute’s observatory, regular access to the MMT and Magellan telescopes (8 nights per year), full membership of the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) as well as the BlackGem survey, extensive guaranteed time access to the Son of Xshooter (SoXs) spectrograph, soon to be commissioned at the ESO La Silla Observatory, as well as to extensive computational resources.

The Weizmann Institute Campus is located in Rehovot, a short distance from Tel Aviv, and offers excellent conditions for research in an international setting. Candidates should submit the application material through the submission webpage: https://www.weizmann.ac.il/ultrasat/fellowship-submission/, including a research statement that includes a summary of previous achievements (up to 4 pages), and three reference letters. Applications submitted by Jan. 15, 2023, will receive full consideration. 

Included Benefits: 

Basic benefits are as detailed in the web pages of the Feinberg Graduate School postdoctoral fellowship program. Prize fellowship holders will receive some additional living expenses assistance, and an additional annual research allowance of $15,000 to support their independent research.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Eli Waxman
Title: 
Prof.
Institution/Company: 
Weizmann Institute of Science
Department Name: 
Particle Physics and Astrophysics
Street Line 1: 
234 Herzl Street
City: 
Rehovot
State/Province: 
Israel
Country: 
Israel
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Eli Waxman
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ULTRASAT Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship