Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Predoctoral Program welcomes
applications throughout the year from current graduate students pursuing thesis research in
astrophysics or related fields. Applicants in theory, observation, instrument
development, or laboratory experiments at a university or college are
strongly encouraged to apply to this program that accepts applications on a rolling admissions basis. Online applications are due 6 WEEKS BEFORE THE
INTENDED APPOINTMENT START DATE. For application instructions and a login to the application,
please see the Admissions page.
1985, the Program has welcomed graduate students from universities around
the world interested in carrying out all or part of their research under
the guidance of SAO Scientists.
Center for Astrophysics creates a rich environment for collaborations
among future colleagues by bringing together over 300 SAO scientists across
a broad spectrum of scientific endeavors in nearly all areas related to
astronomy, including: atomic and molecular physics, geophysics and atmospheric
physics, the solar system, solar physics, planetary systems, the interstellar
medium, stars and star formation, supernovae, compact objects, galaxies,
extragalactic astronomy and cosmology.
include the MMT Observatory, Magellan, and other optical and infrared
telescopes; radio telescopes, especially the Submillimeter Array on Mauna
Kea, Hawaii; a large Beowulf cluster and network of workstations; a number
of specialized laboratories; an outstanding library system; and access
to data from a wide range of space missions, especially the Chandra X-ray
Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope.