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The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory announces competition for the Harlan J. Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship. This Fellowship is restricted to new Ph.D. graduates without previous postdoctoral experience. The applicant’s research interest may be in any area of astronomy and astrophysics and may be either observational or theoretical. The observing facilities of McDonald Observatory available for research include the 9.2-m Hobby-Eberly Telescope, the 2.7-m Harlan J. Smith Telescope, the 2.1-m Otto Struve Telescope, and the 0.8-m wide-field imaging telescope. The Fellowship includes funding for research expenses, including travel. Additional funds are available for relocation expenses. Initial appointment will be for one year beginning September 2015, with the expectation of renewal for a second and third year following satisfactory research performance. Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. upon arrival and to reside in Austin.

For information on employee benefits, please see the HRS-Benefits home page at http://www.utexas.edu/hr/current/insurance.

Applicants should electronically submit a resumé and a statement of proposed research (no more than 4 pages in length) to be conducted at The University of Texas at Austin during the Fellowship, at the Uploads link (above right). If a letter of interest is electronically submitted, please address the letter to Dr. Taft Armandroff, Director, McDonald Observatory.

Applicants should also arrange to have letters of recommendation uploaded to the same Uploads site, Fellowship Application Uploads, by three professional scientists familiar with the applicant's research.

The submission deadline for all application materials and letters of recommendation is November 24, 2014.

Inquiries only may be sent to: mcdobs.postdoc@astro.as.utexas.edu.


Harlan J. Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship applications and letters of reference can be submitted here:

Harlan J. Smith Uploads