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The 2022 Harlan j. smith mcdonald observatory postdoctoral fellowship has been awarded. Please check back early fall in 2022 for the 2023 competition.




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 2022. The applicant’s research interest may be in any area of astronomy and astrophysics, but preference will the given to applicants with an observational focus (X-ray - radio) on massive stars and star-forming galaxies, with a slight inclination towards higher redshifts. Expertise in one of the following areas is desirable: high-redshift galaxies, cosmic reionization, massive stars, and the production of ionizing photons. More info can be found at mcdonald.utexas.edu.

The observing facilities of McDonald Observatory available for research include the 10-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 2022, 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.

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Application Instructions:

  1. Applicants should complete the application form at:

Harlan J Smith Fellowship 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 December 8, 2021 at 11:59 pm Central Time.

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