The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) invites applications for the
Clay Postdoctoral Fellowship 2015, which will be awarded to an outstanding researcher--or researchers--displaying significant promise in theory, observation, instrumentation, and/or
laboratory experiments. Online applications are due by October 30, 2014 at 17:00 GMT.
Offers will be made by December 19, 2014. For application instructions and a
login to the application, please see the Admissions
The CfA combines the resources and research facilities of the Harvard College
Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory under a single director.
Now organized in six research divisions--Atomic and Molecular Physics; High
Energy Astrophysics; Optical and Infrared Astronomy; Radio and Geoastronomy;
Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences; and Theoretical Astrophysics--nearly
350 Smithsonian and Harvard scientists work cooperatively in an environment
that welcomes the ideas and contributions of young scientists.
The facilities include the MMT (Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory, Arizona),
Magellan (Las Campanas Observatory, Chile), 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.
A list of previous Clay Fellows
Appointments for 5 years. The funding for 2015-16 will consist of a stipend
of approximately $67,500, plus a research budget of $16,000. Funds are also
provided for health benefits and relocation expenses.