STEM Postdoctoral Fellow at Center for Astrophysics/Harvard & Smithsonian

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
Harvard College Observatory
Number of Positions Available
2 Years
Could the duration be extended?
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)

Cambridge, MA
United States

Job Description

The Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA) invites applications for a highly motivated and dedicated STEM Postdoctoral Fellow to join our team and contribute to our ongoing efforts in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The research-focused Postdoctoral Fellow will play a pivotal role in conducting research, analyzing data, and developing new initiatives that promote a diverse and inclusive culture in line with our organization’s values and goals. The successful candidate also will conduct research up to 50% of their time (level to be negotiated) on galaxy formation and evolution with Director Lisa Kewley.

The STEM Postdoctoral Fellow will work closely with CfA Director Lisa Kewley and CfA Associate Director Kim-Vy Tran on:

  1. Literature Review and Research: Conduct comprehensive literature reviews on diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in academia, particularly within STEM fields. Collaborate with the team to identify successful strategies and best practices from existing research.
  2. Data Analysis: Analyze existing institutional data and external research findings to inform the development and assessment of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Utilize quantitative and qualitative methodologies to extract meaningful insights.
  3. Research: Conduct independent research in diversity and inclusion in astronomy, focusing on the recruitment, retention of people from underrepresented minority groups. Research may include, but is not limited to (1) analysis of publications, citations, and other quantitative factors that may be impacted by implicit bias, (2) analysis of retention data and exit surveys to understand the reasons for departure of people from underrepresented minority groups, (3) analysis of promotions data to identify differences in promotions timescale and expectations for people across different demographic groups.
  4. STEM Publications: Prepare research findings, initiatives, and progress for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Disseminate findings through reports, presentations, documents, and other relevant media. Ensure data accuracy and integrity in all publications.
  5. Community Outreach and Partnerships: Building partnerships with external organizations, universities, or community groups to foster a broader impact and exchange of ideas.
  6. Professional Development: Participate in relevant workshops, seminars, and conferences to stay updated on the latest advancements in diversity and inclusion research and practices.
  7. Astrophysics: Collaborate with CfA Director Lisa Kewley and her research team on projects related to galaxy formation and evolution.

Compensation and Benefits

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Application Details

Application Instructions
The position is for two years and renewable for a third year depending on performance. The nominal starting date is September 1, 2024, but an earlier or later start is negotiable.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, list of publications, and a statement explaining research interests and qualifications, and provide contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2024 and applications that are complete by that date will receive immediate and full consideration. Applications will close May 31, 2024, or earlier if the position is filled.

The CfA hosts a strong research program in astrophysics and provides a stimulating environment. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. AAE/EOE.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Publication Start Date
2024 Apr 11
Application Deadline
2024 May 31


T.J. Martin