The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory announces competition for the Harlan J. Smith McDonald Observatory 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. Preference will the given to applicants in the following two fields: 1) working in areas of star formation, molecular clouds and/or synthetic observations; 2) working on near-field cosmology and / or faint stellar systems as probes of the high-redshift Universe and the nature of dark matter. Both theorists and observers are welcome to apply.

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 2018, 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.

Application Instructions:

1) Applicants should fill out the information form at https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bE1XrwXHfFc313f

2) Once the form has been filled out, you will receive two additional steps explaining the supplemental documents required for submission for your application to be considered complete and eligible for consideration


The submission deadline for all application materials and letters of recommendation is November 20, 2017, at 11:59pm CST.

If you have questions send an email to mcdobs.postdoc@astro.as.utexas.edu. This email address is for clarification/information purposes only. Please do not send any application materials to this email.