Postdoctoral Fellows

Fields of Research

Successful applicants will pursue research, in collaboration with members of the HAO scientific staff, related to solar/stellar interiors and variability (including asteroseismology and the solar-stellar connection), the lower solar atmosphere, corona and heliosphere, terrestrial and planetary atmospheres, and ionospheres and magnetospheres. Projects involving radiative transfer, hydrodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, radiation hydrodynamics, plasma physics, and other topics are pursued both out of fundamental physical interest and for their application to the above areas of research.

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Terms of Appointment

Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for two years beginning in September or October; some flexibility is possible on the specific times of arrival and departure. Fellows are expected to work at HAO in Boulder, Colorado, with the exception of time spent participating in field research and observing programs. Fellows will have access to the HAO Linux/Unix computers, NCAR supercomputer systems, and the HAO and NCAR libraries and data archives from Mauna Loa Solar Observatory and other facilities.

Fellows will receive a salary of $56,000 in the first year and $58,500 in the second year, and a scientific travel budget of $2,000 per year. Relocation expenses to NCAR will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $1,000 for the fellow and his or her family. Fellows living abroad will have round-trip travel for themselves and their families paid up to a maximum of $2,500. An allowance of $750 for moving and storing personal belongings is also provided. In accordance with NCAR policy, benefits include health insurance, vacation time, and retirement contributions, and NCAR will provide assistance in finding Boulder accommodations.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted from December 1, 2016 to January 6, 2017.

A complete application will include the following:

  • Statement of Research from the applicant regarding the nature of his or her research interests and the work he or she would plan to pursue during the fellowship (it may be helpful to interact with an HAO scientist when formulating the research plan).
  • Curriculum Vita summarizing education and work experience, including a list of scientific publications.
  • Transcripts of graduate school grades.
  • Names and email addresses of up to four people who will provide a letter of reference.


HAO Fellowships will be granted on the basis of proven scientific ability and relevance to HAO research programs. Applications will be accepted through the Advanced Study Program (ASP). Applicants who specify HAO as a host laboratory will automatically be considered for both fellowships, and initial offers will be made in the first week of February. Additional offers may also be made later in the spring. All application materials must be submitted as PDF files. See the ASP website for complete application details.

Further details may be obtained by sending an e-mail to Caitlyn Quinn ( or Dr. Matthias Rempel (