Carnegie-Caltech Brinson Fellowship in Observational Astronomy

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Carnegie Observatories
Scientific Research
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science and the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) solicit applications for a joint postdoctoral fellowship position in observational astronomy. The fellowship is to begin in the fall of 2024 and offers the opportunity for an outstanding recent Ph.D. recipient to perform research for three years in Pasadena, California. Throughout the fellowship term, the Brinson Fellow will be expected to split their time evenly between the Carnegie and Caltech campuses (separated by <2 miles).

Fellows will be selected by a joint committee between the two institutions. It is anticipated that the fellow will carry out a research program that makes compelling use of the premier astronomical facilities operated by either or both institutions.

For further information on accessible facilities, including both the Magellan and Keck telescopes, see and Highest consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate how their postdoctoral research will enhance the collaborative opportunities between the two institutions. These most naturally fall within areas of exoplanet, stellar, galactic, extragalactic, and transient object astronomy, but all research fields will be considered.

The application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, and an essay describing the applicant's previous research and future research plans (up to 5 pages including references). Applicants may optionally provide a 1 page statement explaining how their proposed research will be synergistic with Caltech and Carnegie facilities and/or astronomers, if this is not already clear from their cover letter and research proposal. The Carnegie Institution additionally requires a 1 page broader impact statement articulating the applicant’s past accomplishments and future plans in any of the following areas: contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, mentoring, service work, and outreach (see for more information). These materials, along with the names of three references, must be submitted via the web to by October 30, 2023. Letters of reference will be due on November 6, 2023.

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply. The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
Included Benefits

Medical, Dental, vision and much more.  Full details here:

Compensation Notes

plus research funding comparable to other prize postdoctoral fellowships

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Sep 02
Application Deadline
2023 Oct 30


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