Postdoctoral Research Position in Astrochemistry

October 3, 2022

The Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian invites applications for a postdoctoral research position to work with Professor Karin Öberg in astrochemistry. The Öberg astrochemistry group explores the origins of chemical complexity in space and how chemistry affects star and planet formation, including the bulk and organic compositions of young planets. The successful applicant will lead and participate in laboratory, theoretical and/or observational projects in line with this mission. They will work with Professor Öberg to develop new programs, support existing ones, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. 

Resources include an astrochemistry laboratory with three state-of-the-art ice experiments, the Odyssey and ITC (Institute for Theory and Computation) computer clusters, as well as access to data from multiple ALMA and SMA observational programs. More information about the Öberg lab at

The position is for one year, renewable for a second and third year upon mutual agreement and available funds. The nominal starting date will be September 1, 2023, but an earlier or later start is negotiable depending on the applicant's availability. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, chemistry, or equivalent, by the date of appointment. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, list of publications, and a 4 page statement explaining research interests and qualifications, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly through our application portal-

Applications that are complete by January 1, 2023 will receive full consideration. The CfA hosts a strong research program in astronomy/astrophysics/astrochemistry and provides a stimulating environment. Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive 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.

Included Benefits: 

Eligible for Harvard University’s subsidized comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. Most of the benefit plans require a contribution from participants for coverage.

Related URLs: 

Harvard Benefits-eligible Postdocs

Post-Doctoral Fellows Benefits

Application Deadline: 

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Current Status of Position: 

Accepting Applicants

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