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The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory announces competition for the Harlan J. Smith McDonald Observatory Postdoctoral Fellowship. This Fellowship is open to anyone who has their PhD in Astronomy or closely allied field or will receive it by 31 August 2020. The applicant’s research interest may be in any area of astronomy and astrophysics. Preference will the given to applicants in the following fields: Galactic archaeology, stellar astrophysics, and near-field cosmology. More info can be found at mcdonald.utexas.edu.

The observing facilities of McDonald Observatory available for research include the 9.2-m Hobby-Eberly Telescope, the 2.7-m Harlan J. Smith Telescope, the 2.1-m Otto Struve Telescope, and the 0.8-m wide-field imaging telescope. We also have access to the Las Cumbres network of telescopes. In addition, the facilities of the Texas Advanced Computing Center are available. The Fellowship includes funding for research expenses, including travel. Additional funds are available for relocation expenses. Initial appointment will be for one year beginning September 2020, with the expectation of renewal for a second and third year following satisfactory research performance. Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. upon arrival and to reside in Austin.

For information on employee benefits, please see the HRS-Benefits home page at

Application Instructions:

  1. Applicants should complete the application form at:

McDonald Observatory HJS Postdoc Application

  1. After submitting the form, you will see a confirmation message in your browser with instructions to watch your Inbox for an email containing further instructions.
  2. The emailed instructions will include details for submitting your application materials, as well as instructions for providing to your letter writers so that they may submit their letters. Please carefully follow the instructions in this email.

The submission deadline for all application materials and letters of recommendation is November 14, 2019 at 12am (midnight) CST.

Inquiries only may be sent to: