Harvard Fellowship for Future Faculty Leaders: Overview

We invite applications for the fifth cohort of the Harvard Postdoctoral Fellowship for Future Faculty Leaders (FFL) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). Working within the Department of Astronomy, fellows will develop independent research and earn experience that will launch their careers as faculty leaders. This includes forming a vision of broad impact and preparing for success in the next levels of academic research. Fellows will benefit from access to our observational and computing facilities, mentoring in research and professional development from primary faculty sponsors, collaborations within the large community of CfA scientists, and opportunities for teaching and public outreach. This is a three­year fellowship, with yearly appointments contingent on satisfactory performance.

The Fellowship for Future Faculty Leaders is part of an initiative to prioritize social justice in scientific research related to astronomy. We seek individuals who will develop and carry out an independent research program in astronomy, and whose research will also contribute to increasing representation and inclusion in this field.

Visit the Application webpage for more information on the fellowship, including important deadlines and requirements.

* We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, sex or national origin.

Current Fellows

Dr. Laura Mayorga (2017 - Present)
Dr. Mayorga received her PhD and MS in Astronomy from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after receiving her BS in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the use of data from the Cassini spacecraft to determine the reflected light phase curve of Jupiter, and to use the ground truth of the solar system to prepare for direct imaging studies of extrasolar planets.

Dr. Joseph E. Rodriguez, Jr., Ph.D. (2016 - Present)
Dr. Rodriguez earned his doctorate in physics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee after receiving a B.S. in astrophysics and psychology at Rutgers College and an M.S. in applied and engineering physics at George Mason University. His research focuses on the discovery and characterization of exoplanets and protoplanetary disks to better understand how planets form and evolve.

Dr. Trevor Rhone, Ph.D. (2015 - Present)
Dr. Rhone earned his doctorate at Columbia University in New York. He began his postdoctoral fellowship in the group of Professor Amir Yacoby and Professor Ronald Walsworth in 2015. His research includes investigating materials' properties using NMR spectroscopy based on nitrogen­vacancy centers in diamond. Trevor recently returned from Japan where he worked at NTT Basic Research Labs and the National Institute of Materials Science. His research comprised NMR spectroscopy of two dimensional electron systems and materials informatics, respectively.


Clay Fellow Warren Brown