Opportunities: SMA Postdoctoral Fellowships Overview

Applications are now being accepted for SMA Postdoctoral Fellowships starting Summer/Fall 2014. These positions are aimed chiefly at research in submillimeter astronomy, and successful candidates will participate either in observations with the SMA,research in their interpretation, or instrument development.

The Submillimeter Array (SMA) is a pioneering radio interferometer designed for arc-second imaging in the submillimeter spectrum. Used primarily for imaging molecular lines and dust continuum in cold interstellar clouds, the SMA has also found application in observations of high energy phenomena, black holes, gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, and blazars. Similar in design and operation to the ALMA telescope, the SMA is a forerunner in many of the research areas planned for ALMA. In addition to its outstanding record in astronomical research, the SMA is a world leader in the design of wide-bandwidth, high-frequency radio receivers for astronomical research.

While the SMA fellowships are intended primarily for research associated with the SMA, fellows enjoy extraordinary freedom in structuring their research activities.

The SMA is located at the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii at an elevation of 4,080 meters and is supported from our offices in Hilo, HI and at the Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. Fellows may choose to be based either at the Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA or at the SMA office in Hilo, HI.

Applicants must have a recent PhD in astronomy or a related field. Experience in millimeter or submillimeter astronomy, radio interferometry, radio frequency instrumentation, or research in processes in the interstellar medium is desirable.

Application information and instructions can be found at http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/opportunities/fellowships/sma/. Questions can be directed to smapostdoc@cfa.harvard.edu. Online applications are due October 1, 2013.

A list of previous SMA Fellows is available.

The SMA is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Taipei, Taiwan. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer where all qualified applicants receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, creed, national origin or gender.


SMA on Mauna Kea