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Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellowship for Future Faculty Leaders (FFL) in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Postdoctoral Fellowship for Future Faculty Leaders (FFL)

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Harvard College Observatory

Position Description

We invite applications for the Harvard Postdoctoral Fellowship for Future Faculty Leaders ( FFL ) at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA). Fellows will develop independent research and earn experience that will launch their careers as faculty leaders. Focuses include forming a vision of broad impact and preparing for success in the next levels of academic research. Fellows will also benefit from access to our observational and computing facilities, mentoring in research and professional development from primary faculty sponsors, collaborations within the large community of CfA scientists, and opportunities for teaching and public outreach. The fellowship is a three-year term, renewed yearly and contingent on satisfactory performance.

The Fellowship for Future Faculty Leaders ( FFL ) is part of an initiative to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and leadership in astronomy. We seek individuals who will develop and carry out an independent research program in astronomy, and whose research, educational, and mentorship activities will also contribute to increasing representation and inclusion in this field.

Academic Targets

The program is intended principally for candidates who are now completing their doctorate, have recently completed their doctorate, or are current postdoctoral fellows. We also welcome individuals who desire additional mentoring and training to prepare for a future postdoctoral or faculty opportunities. Access to Harvard facilities, mentorship, and professional development will help to complete the fellow’s transition to becoming an independent scientist.

Basic Qualifications

Ph.D. in Astronomy and related fields.

Additional Qualifications

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit:

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • List of Publications

  • Combined statement on research and broader impacts (6 pages total)

  • Research statement

  • Full statement on prior and current research interests

  • Broader impacts

  • Combined statement covering:

  • past teaching, mentoring and outreach activities;

  • plans for future activities in both scientific research and work that will increase the participation of traditionally underrepresented groups in astronomy through teaching, advising and/or mentoring;

  • and a list of potential host research groups at Harvard.

The committee will begin reviewing applications for the position on January 2, 2024.

Contact Information

David Charbonneau

Harvard College Observatory

60 Garden Street, MS-16

Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Email

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 2

Maximum Number of References Allowed 5


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