We invite applications for the sixth 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. Focuses include 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
three-year fellowship, with yearly appointments contingent on satisfactory performance.
The Fellowship for Future Faculty Leaders (FFL) 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.
for more information on the fellowship, including important deadlines and requirements.
Dr. Richard Anantua (Jan. 2019 - Present) — firstname.lastname@example.org
Our newest fellow, Dr. Richard Anantua, arrives following his postdoctoral appointment at the
Theoretical Astrophysics Center at UC Berkeley, where he collaborated with Prof. Eliot
Quataert. Prior to this, Richard earned his doctoral (2016) and master’s degrees (2013) in physics
from Stanford University under Prof. Roger Blandford; his master’s in education policy and
management (2014) from Harvard University; and his bachelor’s (2010) in (physics and
philosophy) and (economics and mathematics) from Yale University. His research seeks to
model near-horizon emission from supermassive black holes in AGN using the methodology of
“observing” simulations of jet (or outflow)/accretion disk/black hole (JAB) systems.
Dr. Laura Mayorga (2017 - Present) — email@example.com
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) — firstname.lastname@example.org
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) — email@example.com
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.
Dr. Nia Imara, Ph.D. (2014 - 2017) — firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Imara earned her doctorate in astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley and
her BA in physics and math from Kenyon College in Ohio. Her research focuses on giant
molecular clouds, the birth sites of stars, as well as on the properties and cosmological effects of
galactic and intergalactic dust. She is also an organizer for the Banneker & Aztlán Institute at the
Center for Astrophysics.
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.