Postdoc Programs

Leo Goldberg Fellowship

The Leo Goldberg fellowship is a five-year post-doctoral fellowship that is aimed at supporting young astronomers of outstanding promise who have interests in observational astronomy, astronomical instrumentation, or theoretical astrophysics. These fellowships are intended to advance innovative and groundbreaking scientific research and to encourage long-term projects.

In addition to pursuing their independent research programs, Goldberg Fellows are encouraged to participate in NOAO activities (e.g., ongoing NOAO instrumentation, survey programs, or the scientific and/or technical aspects of the ground-based System of facilities).  Previous Goldberg Fellows have participated in planning activities for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the commissioning of wide-field IR imager NEWFIRM.  Opportunities for current and future Goldberg Fellows include LSST and BigBOSS development and the Dark Energy Camera and Dark Energy Survey at CTIO, projects in which NOAO is playing an important role on behalf of the community.

Goldberg Fellowships have been previously awarded to Lucas Macri (Texas A&M University), Armin Rest (Harvard University and Space Telescope Science Institute), Gregory Rudnick (University of Kansas), Jennifer Lotz (Space Telescope Science Institute), and Simon Schuler (University of Tampa, Florida).

Colette Salyk, the 2011 Goldberg Fellow

As an MIT undergraduate, Colette studied planetary atmospheres with Jim Elliot.  She went on to investigate the formation of planetary systems as a graduate student with Geoffrey A. Blake in the Caltech Planetary Sciences program, where she used both space- and ground-based spectrographs to study the structure and chemistry of protoplanetary disks.  After receiving her PhD in 2009, Colette took up the Harlan J. Smith postdoctoral fellowship at McDonald Observatory at UT Austin.

As Goldberg Fellow, Colette continues to use spectroscopic observations to tackle fundamental unsolved questions about protoplanetary disks and the formation of planets.  In particular, she will take full advantage of the advent of many powerful new observatories, including the Herschel Space Telescope, SOFIA, ALMA, JWST and the GSMTs.  These facilities will allow us unprecedented opportunities to answer questions such as,  What are the physical processes by which disks evolve and dissipate, and what effect do these have on growing planets?  What are the processes that turn small dust grains into planetesimals?  And, what are the necessary conditions that lead to the formation of planetary systems, and Earth-like planets in particular? 

All open scientific positions, including postdoctoral fellowships, are listed on the jobs page.

Current and former Goldberg fellows

Former NOAO postdocs

Last updated or reviewed January 15, 2013.