The application process for Submillimeter Array (SMA) Postdoctoral Fellowships starting Fall 2019 will open soon, with a deadline of Monday, October 15, 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 operates 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. We are in the process of exanding this new correlator further, expecting to process 12 GHz/sideband per polarization in early 2019.
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 email@example.com. Online applications are due by COB Monday October 15, 2018. We expect the application tool to be available in late August.
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.