Fast Radio Burst Follow-up Research Fellow Job Ad

Maria Mitchell Observatory Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellowship

Job Announcement:

The Maria Mitchell Observatory (MMO) seeks applications for a 1-year long MMO Research Fellow position.  Eligible candidates are expected to be post-baccalaureate, pre-graduate school and interested in astrophysics.  We strongly encourage applications from people of historically underrepresented groups in STEM.  The position will be held at the Maria Mitchell Observatory on the island of Nantucket, MA.  The position will begin on September 1, 2021 and continue until August 31, 2022.  The position pays $30,000 per year and includes health insurance.  Partially subsidized on-campus housing is available.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Regina Jorgenson, MMO Director at

Application Deadline: May 31, 2021

About the Research and the F4 Collaboration:

The MMO Research Fellow will become part of the Fast and Fortunate for FRB Follow-up (F4) collaboration, consisting of students, post-docs, and faculty from around the world, and whose mission is to perform multi-wavelength follow-up studies of fast radio bursts (FRBs) and their host galaxies.  The scientific goals of the F4 collaboration include:

  • Disentangling the cosmic web through FRB dispersion measures correlated with foreground galaxies and their halos.
  • Constraining FRB progenitor(s) through population studies of their host galaxies.
  • Constraining the physical properties of halo gas, e.g. magnetic field, density.

The MMO Research Fellow duties will include performing scientific research as part of the F4 collaboration.  In addition, the Research Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the day-to-day operations of the MMO, including the operation of our on-site 24-inch telescope and participating in the public outreach and education efforts of the MMO.

For more information about the science conducted by the F4 collaboration please see: Fast and Fortunate for FRB Follow-up.  The F4 collaboration is generously funded by the National Science Foundation under awards AST-1911140 and AST-1910471.

About The Maria Mitchell Association:

The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages.

The Maria Mitchell Observatory operates a summer internship program in astrophysics under the auspices of the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program.  The MMO has a long history of encouraging and supporting women and other members of historically underrepresented groups in STEM and maintains a strong commitment to issues of equity and inclusion.


Soon or recent graduate with bachelor’s degree in Astronomy, Physics, or a related engineering discipline;

  • With 40 hours/week available to work on-site at Maria Mitchell Observatory, Nantucket, MA
  • Experience in scientific Python programming (or some other language) is a plus


To apply, please send an email to Dr. Jorgenson at and include the following in PDF format:

  • Cover letter – describing your background, skills, and interests, why you want this position, how this experience will help you in your long-term personal and professional goals, and any other information that you wish to share, i.e. hardships you have overcome or difficulties you have faced.  2 pages maximum.
  • CV/Resume
  • Transcript (unofficial okay)
  • A work sample in the form of either a report, poster, or journal article.
  • Letters of Recommendation: The names, institutions, and email addresses of 2 – 3 individuals who are familiar with your academic accomplishments and your research experience or potential and have agreed to submit a letter on your behalf.

Please also have your 2 – 3 letter writers email their letters directly to Dr. Jorgenson at with the subject line “Postbac Job: Applicant_Last_Name”

Related URLs: 

Fast and Fortunate for FRB Follow-up

Application Deadline: May 31, 2021