We invite applications for the Carnegie Theoretical Astrophysics Center (CTAC) Fellowship at The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Pasadena, California, to begin September 2023. Theory plays an increasingly important role in astronomy to interpret data, predict new phenomena, and inform observing strategies. The Carnegie Theoretical Astrophysics Center (CTAC) brings theorists and observers together to study some of the most pressing current problems in astrophysics.
The fellowship is intended to encourage research in theoretical astrophysics, particularly in areas related to star/galaxy/black hole formation and evolution, Milky Way dynamics and dark matter, transient explosive events, exoplanet formation and dynamics, and cosmology (see https://ctac.carnegiescience.edu). Fellows are expected to carry out an independent program of research that complements and enhances both the theoretical and observational activities at Carnegie.
Fellowships are awarded for two years and may be renewed for one additional year. A 4th year of renewal may be possible, based on funding availability and appropriate review of progress. The successful applicant must have completed the Ph.D. requirements before assuming the fellowship. The Carnegie Institution strives to enable a scientifically excellent, equitable, and inclusive community, and therefore aims for a diverse group of scientists to collaborate and thrive. Candidates from historically under-represented groups and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
CTAC fellows have access to our computational and observing facilities on the same basis as the scientific staff. Scientific computing at Carnegie is supported by our 19% share in the Resnick HPC Center at Caltech (https://www.hpc.caltech.edu), local computing resources, and a state-of-the-art Visualization Lab (https://ctac.carnegiescience.edu/visualization-laboratory). 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 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. The fellowship provides ample support for travel, personal computing, and publications.
The application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, an essay describing the applicant's previous work and future research plans (up to 5 pages including references), and a one page broader impact statement articulating the applicant's past accomplishments and future plans in any of the following areas: contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, mentoring, service work, and outreach. These materials along with the names of three references must be submitted via the web to https://obs.carnegiescience.edu/fellowships/ by November 1, 2022. Reference letters are due by November 7, 2022. E-mail inquiries may be sent to [email protected].
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