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The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory announces competition for the W. J. McDonald Postdoctoral Fellowship. This Fellowship is restricted to new Ph.D. graduates without previous postdoctoral experience. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in galaxy formation theory, near-field cosmology, the high-redshift Universe, dark matter astrophysics, and related topics. Applicants will have access to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (www.tacc.utexas.edu). In addition, the observing facilities of McDonald Observatory are available for research, including the 10 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 2016, 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.

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Applicant Instructions:
Please electronically submit (via the “Fellowship Application Uploads” link posted on this site) a letter of interest (optional), CV, and a statement of proposed research to be conducted at The University of Texas at Austin during the Fellowship. The statement of research should be no more than 4 pages in length. Save all items, in the order stated, as a single PDF. If a letter of interest is included in the single PDF, please address the letter to Dr. Taft Armandroff, Director, McDonald Observatory.

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

The submission deadline for all application materials and letters of recommendation is November 24, 2015.

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

Fellowship Application Uploads

W. J. McDonald Postdoctoral Fellowship application materials and letters of reference can be uploaded here:

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1 September 2015
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