Postdoctoral Fellowships

Recent Ph.D. recipients in atomic and molecular physics, geophysics, the solar system, astronomy, astrophysics or cosmology, with interests in theory, observation, instrumentation and/or laboratory research are invited to apply for the CfA Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) have together joined the Pan-STARRS-1 Science Consortium and now invite applications for joint CfA/LCOGT Postdoctoral Fellowships. CfA-LCOGT Fellowships are for four years, with two year spent at the CfA in Cambridge, MA and two years spent at LCOGT near Santa Barbara, CA.

The Clay Research Fellowship is available at the CfA in Cambridge beginning in summer or autumn of each year. Research programs include instrumentation, observation, and theory in atomic and molecular physics, geophysics, the solar system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology. 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.

We invite applications for the second cohort of the Harvard Postdoctoral Fellowships for Future Faculty Leaders. We seek individuals who will develop and carry out an independent research program in astronomy or physics, and whose research will also contribute to increasing diversity and inclusion in these fields. Contributions may include increasing the participation in science research of underrepresented minorities through teaching, mentoring, research advising, and public outreach. The program is also targeted toward individuals who may bring unique perspectives to their fields of research, critical insights that result from non-traditional paths to academia, and backgrounds that can contribute to increasing diversity at Harvard and in the national community of astronomers and physicists. The Fellowship Appointment is for three years through either the Department of Astronomy (located within the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) or the Department of Physics.

The Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (ITAMP) Postdoctoral Fellowship supports up to two promising scientists each year who have recently received a Ph.D. degree and wish to carry out research theoretical atomic, molecular and optical physics at the Institute. Unlike most postdoctoral appointments, the possible research topics are not constrained by contract or grant requirements. The Fellowship Appointment is for two years with possible renewal for a third year.

Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Research Positions in the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) at CfA. One of the primary objectives of the ITC is to integrate conceptual theory with computational modeling; therefore, the Institute is interested in candidates working in any field related to theoretical and/or numerical astrophysics.

Applications are invited for the Submillimeter Array Postdoctoral Fellowships at the CfA. Aimed chiefly at research using the Submillimeter Array (SMA), a pathfinding instrument comprised of eight 6-meter antennas on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, designed for high spatial and spectral resolution investigations at submillimeter wavelengths of a wide range of astrophysical phenomena (including Solar System bodies, protoplanetary disks, star-forming regions, evolved star envelopes, the Galactic Center, nearby galaxies, and ultraluminous galaxies at cosmological distances), these appointments encourage Fellows to propose and participate in science observations with the SMA and provide access to all CfA facilities.