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Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Research Positions in the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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Overview

Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Research Positions in the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. One of the primary objectives of the ITC is to integrate conceptual theory with computational modeling. We are, therefore, interested in candidates working in any field related to theoretical and/or numerical astrophysics. Successful candidates will have access to our new computing facilities and will have the opportunity to interact and work with researchers in both the Harvard College Observatory (HCO) and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO).

We welcome applicants, who as a component of their research statement, discuss their experience or commitment to engaging in mentoring, outreach, teaching, fostering inclusive environments, or activities that diversify the field.

Current senior members of the ITC include Harvard faculty Charles Alcock, Xingang Chen, Charlie Conroy, Selma de Mink, Daniel Eisenstein, Doug Finkbeiner, Lars Hernquist, John Johnson, John Kovac, Avi Loeb (ITC Director), James Moran, Ramesh Narayan, Karin Oberg, Dimitar Sasselov, Irwin Shapiro, and Chris Stubbs; as well as SAO scientists Rosanne Di Stefano, Matt Holman, Eric Keto, Mark Reid, and Alexey Vikhlinin.

The nominal starting date is September 1, 2021, but earlier appointments are possible. The positions are for two years, renewable for a third year, contingent on performance and funding.

Please submit applications electronically at www.cfa.harvard.edu/opportunities/fellowships/itc/ by 5:00pm EST, November 16, 2020.

Further information about the ITC may be found at http://itc,harvard.edu; please direct any questions on the application process to itcpostdoc@cfa.harvard.edu. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. AAE/EOE.

For application instructions and to login to the application, please see the Application page.

Information

The nominal starting date is September 1, 2019, however, earlier appointments are possible. The positions are for two years, renewable for a third year, contingent on performance and funding.

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Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Research Positions in the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. One of the primary objectives of the ITC is to integrate conceptual theory with computational modeling. We are, therefore, interested in candidates working in any field related to theoretical and/or numerical astrophysics. Successful candidates will have access to our new computing facilities and will have the opportunity to interact and work with researchers in both the Harvard College Observatory (HCO) and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO).

We welcome applicants, who as a component of their research statement, discuss their experience or commitment to engaging in mentoring, outreach, teaching, fostering inclusive environments, or activities that diversify the field.

Current senior members of the ITC include Harvard faculty Charles Alcock, Xingang Chen, Charlie Conroy, Selma de Mink, Daniel Eisenstein, Doug Finkbeiner, Lars Hernquist, John Johnson, John Kovac, Avi Loeb (ITC Director), James Moran, Ramesh Narayan, Karin Oberg, Dimitar Sasselov, Irwin Shapiro, and Chris Stubbs; as well as SAO scientists Rosanne Di Stefano, Matt Holman, Eric Keto, Mark Reid, and Alexey Vikhlinin.

The nominal starting date is September 1, 2021, but earlier appointments are possible. The positions are for two years, renewable for a third year, contingent on performance and funding.

Please submit applications electronically at www.cfa.harvard.edu/opportunities/fellowships/itc/ by 5:00pm EST, November 16, 2020.

Further information about the ITC may be found at http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/itc/; please direct any questions on the application process to itcpostdoc@cfa.harvard.edu. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. AAE/EOE.

For application instructions and to login to the application, please see the Application page.

FAQ

How do I apply?
Applications are accepted online from September 1, 2020 to November 16, 2020, 17:00 EST.

Can I print the application form and mail it?
If you are unable to use the online application, contact itcpostdoc@cfa.harvard.edu for more information.

How do I register online?
Go to the Fellowship Application Login page. Select "Update Account," then "Register." On the Registration page, enter your full e-mail address and a password of your choice. Repeat the password for verification and select "Register Now."

When is the deadline?
The deadline is November 16, 2020, 17:00 EST. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials, including letters of recommendation, are received by the deadline. Incomplete applications and/or applications received after November 16, 2020 will not be considered.

Do I need to have finished my Ph.D. to apply?
You may apply in the final year of your doctoral program, but you must satisfy all the requirements of the Ph.D. before you begin your fellowship, including successfully defending your thesis. If you will have finished your degree within three years of the effective start date of the fellowship, you will need to provide verification of completing your Ph.D.

If I am also applying for other fellowships at the CfA, do I need to have separate letters of recommendation sent for each fellowship, or will they be shared?
Letters of recommendation received for the ITC Postdoctoral Fellowship will not be shared with other fellowships at the CfA and vice-versa.

What format is required for uploading files?
Files should be in pdf format. If this is not possible, plain text is also acceptable.

Can I edit my application online?
Yes, you can access the application as many times as you want until the deadline. You can enter more information or edit existing information each time. You can upload new files to replace existing ones until the deadline.

If my password does not work, what should I do?
On the "Fellowship Application: Login" page select "Reset Password," and a new password will be e-mailed to you if you have already successfully registered.

How will I know if all my application materials have been received?
After logging in to the application, select "View Application Status" to check what remains incomplete in your application. In addition, when viewing your application online, you can check previously uploaded files by clicking on the numbered button provided.

What should I do if I notice an error in my application after I submit it?
Until the deadline, you can access the application to make corrections, including uploading new versions of the pdf files.

What if I decide to withdraw my application?
If you want to withdraw your application, send an email to itcpostdoc@cfa.harvard.edu stating your full name and which fellowship application you wish to withdraw.

What if I have other questions?
Please e-mail all inquiries to itcpostdoc@cfa.harvard.edu.

Contact

Application Questions: Please send an e-mail to Mark Palmer, ITC Administrator, at itcpostdoc@cfa.harvard.edu.