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Jansky Fellowship

2015 Jansky Fellowship Program

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announces the 2015 Jansky Fellowship Program which provides outstanding postdoctoral opportunities for research in astronomy.  Jansky Fellows formulate and carry out investigations either independently or in collaboration with others within the wide framework of interests of the Observatory.  Prior radio experience is not required and multi-wavelength projects leading to a synergy with NRAO instruments are encouraged.  The NRAO also encourages applications from candidates with interest in radio astronomy instrumentation, computation, and theory.

Appointments may be made for positions at any of the NRAO sites: Socorro, NM; Green Bank, WV; and Charlottesville, VA. In addition to appointments at NRAO sites, non-resident Jansky Fellowships may be offered for appointments that are hosted at a university within the United States. Applicants requesting a non-resident Jansky Fellowship should present a compelling case for how their research plans require an appointment at the host institution.  Frequent and/or long term visits to NRAO sites are encouraged.  Split Fellowships with time spent at NRAO and a university within the US are permitted.

The starting salary will be $64,260 per year for an appointment of two year’s duration, with possible renewal for a third year.  A research budget of up to $10,000 per year is provided for travel and computing requirements.  Fellows are eligible for page charge support, vacation accrual, health insurance coverage, and a moving allowance.  In addition, up to $3,000 per year is provided to non-NRAO institutions hosting Jansky Fellows to defray local institutional costs. Appointments of more than one Jansky Fellow at a single external institution at a given time are strongly discouraged.  A list of blocked institutions for 2015 can be found on our website.

The primary purpose of the Janksy Fellowship Program is to provide an opportunity for early career scientists to establish themselves as independent researchers so that they may more effectively compete for permanent positions.  Jansky Fellows are encouraged to develop research collaborations both within the NRAO research community and with researchers in the astronomical community at-large.  To help foster research between Jansky Fellows and the NRAO scientific community the NRAO Postdoctoral Symposium is held annually to ensure close contact among all Observatory Jansky Fellows and the NRAO.

Candidates must receive their PhD prior to beginning a Jansky Fellowship appointment.  The deadline for applications and letters of reference is Monday, November 3, 2014. Award offers will be made by February 10, 2015, with the Fellowships normally expected to begin in September 2015.

Application Procedure

1. Jansky Fellowships are awarded based upon a review by a committee that comprises distinguished astronomers external to the NRAO and internal senior staff members, as well as the Assistant Director of the NRAO Science and Academic Affairs and the manager of the Jansky Fellowship program.

2. ALL materials (including reference letters) must be received by the application deadline – Monday, November 3, 2014. The Jansky Fellowship job posting is found on the NRAO Careers Site.  If you do not have a login for the NRAO Careers system you will be prompted to create one prior to submitting your scientific application for the program. You must attach a PDF file to your online application with the following materials combined in the order listed under (3) below. Instructions for doing so are provided during the application process. Hard copies of application materials are not accepted.

3. Combine into one PDF file and attach to your NRAO application:

    • cover letter; please include your host institution choice(s) in the cover letter
    • curriculum vitae;
    • publications list;
    • a summary of previous and current research (a maximum of 3 pages of text, including figures and references; 12 pt font);
    • a research proposal (a maximum of 4 pages of text, including figures and references; 12 pt font) that includes a plan for the host institution (NRAO or US University);
        • if a non-NRAO host is selected, you MUST include a letter from the department chair that approves your research proposal
        • the institution(s) that are blocked as hosts for 2015 are:
          • Harvard CfA/SAO
        • two (2) back-up host institutions should be named in your cover letter in case of subsequent conflicts
          • a back-up institution can be NRAO
          • no department letter is required from a named back-up host institution


Reference Letters

Each applicant should arrange for letters of reference to be submitted by three individuals (“referees”) familiar with her or his scientific abilities directly to the Office of Science and Academic Affairs. These letters MUST be received by the application deadline (11/3/15). Letters should be submitted to Jessica Utley, Jansky Fellowship Program Administrator, via email at jutley@nrao.edu using the file name "ApplicantNameJANSKY2015REF." Applicants are responsible for ensuring that letters of reference have been sent by their referees.


Questions or assistance with the application procedure, as well as requests for additional information on the Jansky Fellowship Program may be sent to Jessica Utley at jutley@nrao.edu.

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