Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Employment
A current vacancy listing for employment opportunities in scientific, technical, and administrative positions, including both Federal and Trust appointments, is maintained by SAO's Human Resources Department
. (Please note that the SAO department is separate from HCO.)
Visiting Scientist and Visiting Student Program
SAO's Visiting Scientist and Visiting Student Program is designed to facilitate the scholarly exchange of scientifc information in the areas of atomic and molecular physics; infrared, optical, radio, and X-ray astronomy;
geophysics; solar, stellar, and planetary sciences; and theoretical astrophysics. This program annually attracts
many international and national visitors who come for a well-defined scientific purpose, including collaboration with specific individuals, study of unique data, or use of specialized facilities.
Several postdoctoral research fellowships, generally
beginning in the summer or autumn of each year, are offered at the CfA, where nearly 350 Smithsonian and Harvard scientists work cooperatively in an environment
that welcomes the ideas and contributions of young scientists. Research programs include instrumentation,
observation, and theory in atomic and molecular physics, geophysics, the solar
system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology. The techniques used range from computer
simulations through observations in the radio, infrared, optical, ultraviolet, X- and gamma-ray bands, to instrument development and laboratory experiments.
Graduate students at Harvard benefit from the CfA's diverse research environment, with access to extensive facilities to pursue their work in a supportive and stimulating setting. Nearly 300 scientists from CfA's research divisions are available as advisors.
Since 1985, students from other institutions throughout the world--in addition to
those associated with the Harvard University Departments of Astronomy and Physics--have done their thesis research at CfA, through the SAO Predoctoral Fellowship Program. A wide variety of projects may be proposed for carrying out all or part of graduate student research programs.
Harvard's Department of Astronomy offers undergraduates choice among various levels of concentration in astronomy or astronomy and physics.
In addition, numerous opportunities to
participate in research projects with CfA scientists are available--
both for Harvard students and those from other institutions--as paid work, part of a degree program, or summer internships.