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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. In addition, the facilities of the Texas Advanced Computing Center are available. 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 2017, 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.

Applications Instructions:

  1. Applicants should fill out the application form at: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3KpitC0GxQTvXud
  2. Then electronically submit a CV, 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, and a cover letter addressed to Dr. Taft Armandroff, Director, McDonald Observatory by uploading the files as a SINGLE pdf file with your full name in the file title with this link: http://www.as.utexas.edu/mcdonald/apply/ using the “Applicants” upload widget.
  3. Once you have successfully filled out the application form and uploaded your application document you can share this link http://www.as.utexas.edu/mcdonald/apply/ with three professional scientists familiar with your research who are willing to write a letter on your behalf. They should use the “Letter Writer” upload widget to submit your letters.

The submission deadline for all application materials and letters of recommendation is November 20, 2016 at 12am (midnight) CDT.

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

Fellowship Online Application Form

Harlan J. Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship application form can be found here:

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24 August 2016
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