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ALMA Ambassadors Program

by Dong-Chan Kim last modified Oct 31, 2018 by Katelyn Sevin

Charlottesville Hands-on ALMA Outreach Event (Apr 26-27 & May 9-10, 2011)

The North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) is accepting applications for the third year of the ALMA Ambassadors Postdoctoral Program.  The ALMA Ambassador Program provides training and a $10,000 research grant (other forms of payment are available, see below) to postdoctoral researchers interested in expanding their ALMA/interferometry expertise and sharing that knowledge with their home institutions through the organization of ALMA Cycle 7 proposal preparation workshops.

The NAASC will sponsor selected postdocs at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia for three days in February 2019 to receive in depth training.  Training will include topics related to ALMA proposal writing; including interferometry basics, ALMA science capabilities, recent ALMA headlines, and use of the Observing Tool, as well as guidance with speaking on these topics. The postdocs will then host a local proposal preparation workshop at their home institution (similar to an abbreviated version of Community Day and NRAO Live! events from previous observing cycles) in advance of the Cycle 7 ALMA proposal deadline in April, 2019.

All talk materials, supplies, and infrastructure for the workshops are provided by the NAASC. A \$10,000 monetary grant is offered in support of the selected postdocs' independent research programs. If the awardee is not able to receive the monetary grant, the NAASC can offer up to \$10,000 in science travel reimbursement (must be used within 12 months of training) or up to \$10,000 for the host institution to support students or summer researchers.

Ambassadors will be asked to give a five minute poster talk on their science to NRAO scientific staff while in Charlottesville for training in February.  

Postdocs with some radio or sub-mm interferometry experience are preferred. Postdocs must be based at a US institution. Although not required, we will consider multiple postdoctoral applicants from the same institution.


Click here for the application

Please send completed application and current resume  
to Katelyn Sevin () no later than November 21, 2018.

If interested in learning more about the training we are offering, regardless of requirements, please contact Loreto Barcos-Munoz (lbarcos@nrao.edu)
to discuss possible opportunities. 

Previous ALMA Ambassadors and Community Day events can be found here.  Although the NAASC aims to host Community Day events in new locations each year, ALMA capabilities are continuously evolving and so revisiting a location is always a possibility; we encourage all interested scientists to apply.