Cameron Mitchell McDonald Observatory Postdoctoral Fellowship in Instrumentation | McDonald Observatory

Oct. 28, 2022

The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory announces competition for the Cameron Mitchell  McDonald Observatory Postdoctoral Fellowship in instrumentartion. This Fellowship is open to anyone who has their PhD in Astronomy or closely allied field or will receive it by 31 August 2022.  The successful applicant will join the McDonald Observatory Instrumentation group and will have the opportunity to play an important role in a current instrument project for the McDonald 2.7m telescope or the 10-m Hobby-Eberly Telescope (see below). Candidates are encouraged to make contact with instrument team leads to discuss specific opportunities. The instrumentation group consists of both astronomers and engineers and has a track record of delivering significant instruments as well as training the next generation of instrumentalists. In addition to the instrumentation project, the successful candidate may conduct a research project of their choosing in any area of astronomy and astrophysics.

The fellowship includes funding for research expenses, including travel. Additional funds are available for relocation expenses. Initial appointment will be for one year beginning September 2023, with the expectation of renewal for a second and third year following satisfactory research performance. Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. upon arrival and to reside in Austin.

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Application Instructions:

  1. Applicants should complete the application form at:

Cameron Mitchell Fellowship Applications

  1. After submitting the form, you will see a confirmation message in your browser with instructions to watch your Inbox for an email containing further instructions.
  2. The emailed instructions will include details for submitting your application materials, as well as instructions for providing to your letter writers so that they may submit their letters. Please carefully follow the instructions in this email.


The submission deadline for all application materials and letters of recommendation is December 8, 2022 at 11:59 pm Central Time.

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