Opportunities: SMA Postdoctoral Fellowships Overview
 The application process for Submillimeter Array (SMA) Postdoctoral Fellowships starting Fall 2018 is now closed. We expect to accept applications for positions starting in Fall 2019 in October 2018. These positions are aimed chiefly at research in submillimeter astronomy, and successful candidates will participate either in observations with the SMA, research in their interpretation, or instrument development.

The SMA is a pioneering radio interferometer designed for arc-second imaging in the submillimeter spectrum. Used primarily for imaging molecular lines and dust continuum in cold interstellar clouds, the SMA has also found application in observations of high energy phenomena, black holes, gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, and blazars. Similar in design and operation to the ALMA telescope, the SMA is a forerunner in many of the research areas planned for ALMA. In addition to its outstanding record in astronomical research, the SMA is a world leader in the design of wide-bandwidth, high-frequency radio receivers for astronomy. The SMA is currently commissioning a next generation correlator which vastly increases total bandwidth (to 8 GHz/sideband per polarization) while retaining high spectral resolution (140 kHz) across the entire processed spectral range, providing significantly enhanced science capability.

While the SMA fellowships are intended primarily for research associated with the SMA, being located at the Center for Astrophysics, fellows have unique opportunities to develop collaborations within the wider CfA community and enjoy extraordinary freedom in structuring their own research activities.

Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy or a related field by the time their Fellowship begins. Application information and instructions can be found on our Applications page. Questions can be directed to smapostdoc@cfa.harvard.edu. Online applications for this year were due in fall 2017. We expect the application tool for 2018 (positions starting in 2019) to be available in late August to early September.

A list of previous SMA Fellows is available here.

The SMA is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Taipei, Taiwan. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer where all qualified applicants receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, creed, national origin or gender.


SMA on Mauna Kea