Since 1985, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Pre-doctoral Program has welcomed graduate students from universities around
the world interested in carrying out all or part of their research under
the guidance of SAO Scientists.
The Center for Astrophysics|Harvard & Smithsonian creates a rich environment for collaborations
among future colleagues by bringing together over 300 SAO scientists across
a broad spectrum of scientific endeavors in nearly all areas related to
astronomy, including: atomic and molecular physics, geophysics and atmospheric
physics, the solar system, solar physics, exoplanets, planetary systems, the interstellar
medium, stars and star formation, supernovae, compact objects, galaxies,
extragalactic astronomy and cosmology.
include the MMT Observatory, Magellan, and other optical and infrared
telescopes; radio telescopes, especially the Submillimeter Array on Mauna
Kea, Hawaii; a large computational 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
Applications from graduate students pursuing thesis research in
astrophysics or related fields. Applicants in theory, observation, instrument
development, or laboratory experiments at a university or college are welcomed.
Online applications are accepted on a rolling basis although all application materials must be submitted at least 6 WEEKS BEFORE THE
INTENDED APPOINTMENT START DATE. For application instructions and a login to the application,
please contact a potential advisor in your respective field for an applicaton link. Only applications that receive the endorsement of an SAO scientist will be considered.