Steward Observatory Prize Fellowship for the Development of Astronomical Instrumentation and Technology

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
University of Arizona
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Job Description

Applications are solicited for the inaugural Steward Observatory Prize Fellowship for the Development of Astronomical Instrumentation and Technology. The Steward Instrumentation Fellow will pursue an ambitious program of astronomical instrument development independently or in collaboration with the students, staff, and faculty of Steward Observatory. All of the observational and computational facilities of the Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory are available to the Fellow, and suitable laboratory space and research equipment will be made available to support their research program.

The Instrumentation Fellow will receive an annual stipend of $65,000 per year, as well as access to a generous research fund to support their scientific program. This 3-year Fellowship commences in fall 2019. Candidates must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. in Astronomy or a related field before the start date of the Fellowship. 

Through Steward Observatory, the fellow has research access to major facilities including the 2x8.4m Large Binocular Telescope, the 6.5m MMT, the twin 6.5m Magellan telescopes, the 10m Submillimeter Telescope, the 12m APA millimeter-wave telescope on Kitt Peak, and a number of smaller telescopes. The Observatory is home to numerous active instrumentation research programs working at radio to UV wavelengths, with ground-based, balloon, and space mission applications. Additional information about the Department, Steward Observatory, its facilities, personnel, and ongoing research and instrumentation developments is available on its web page: Potential applicants are welcome to contact relevant research groups at the Observatory to discuss their ideas and/or existing projects, or to contact the search chair ([email protected]) for referrals to appropriate groups.

Applications should be submitted online through under Job Posting #P20693. To complete the application, please follow the instructions under the heading Special Instructions to the Applicant. Submissions should include a cover letter, CV, list of publications, and a statement of current and proposed research and instrument development (5-page limit). You will need to provide names and email addresses for at least three references who will be automatically contacted upon submission of your application.

Review of applications will begin on December 3, 2018.

The Astronomy Department and Steward Observatory have a highly-valued culture of collegiality, respect, and collaboration among its members. We welcome candidates who will contribute to this positive climate and to our ongoing efforts toward increasing the equity and inclusivity of our community.

Benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; disability programs; paid vacations, sick leave and holidays; paid parental leave; tuition reduction for employee and qualified family members. For details visit: http//

Applicants will be considered without regard to U.S. citizenship or national origin. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA - M/W/D/V Employer.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2018 Oct 31
Application Deadline
2018 Dec 03