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U-M Department of Astronomy McLaughlin Postdoctoral Fellowship

The University of Michigan Department of Astronomy invites applications for its McLaughlin Postdoctoral Fellowship.  

Fellows are afforded the opportunity to construct and pursue an independent research program in an energetic and diverse research environment.  The Department has guaranteed access to the 6.5 Magellan telescopes in Chile, the 1.2m and 2.4m MDM telescopes in Arizona, the NOEMA sub-mm interferometer in France, and the Swift UV/X-ray/Gamma-ray telescope.  Observational and theoretical efforts within the department span topics including exoplanets, young stars, galaxy groups and clusters, galaxy evolution, cosmology, black holes and neutron stars, transient events, and time-domain astronomy, dark matter, and dark energy.  Instrumentation efforts are also ongoing within the Department.  

The salary for the fellowship will start at 69,000 USD, with an annual research stipend of 6,000 USD.  A full benefits package is included. 

Fellowships will commence in September 2021, the expected term is three years, dependent on performance and funding.  Applicants need to have completed a Ph. D. in astronomy, physics, or a closely related field prior to the start of the fellowship.  Applicants should send a cover letter, 2-page statement of past research, 3-page statement of proposed research, CV, and publications list (with three “key” papers specifically highlighted) to  Letters from three references are also required and should be sent to the same address.  Applications that are complete by December 1, 2020, will receive full attention.  

We encourage applications from people holding any identity(ies) that have been traditionally underrepresented in the field of astronomy.


Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Selection Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2021


Application Instructions

Attention To: Fellowship Hiring Committee