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Applications are invited for the “Brinson Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship for the Galileo Project” with Professor Avi Loeb at Harvard University, head of The Galileo Project.

Applications will be accepted beginning September 1, 2022.



Applications are invited for the “Brinson Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship for the Galileo Project” with Professor Avi Loeb at Harvard University, head of The Galileo Project.

The successful candidate will be engaged with the research program of the Galileo Project. The Galileo Project is the first systematic scientific research program in search for potential artifacts or remnants of extraterrestrial technological civilizations or potentially active equipment near Earth.

The successful candidate will have access to local computing facilities and will have the opportunity to interact and work with researchers in both the Harvard College Observatory (HCO) and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO).

The nominal starting date is July 1, 2023. Applications will be solicited until the position is filled. The position is for one year, renewable for a second and third year, contingent on performance and funding.

Please submit applications electronically by 5:00pm EST, December 1, 2022.

For application instructions and to login to the application, please see the Apply tab.

Further information about The Galileo Project can be found at 

Galileo Project Web Site

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. AAE/EOE.


Deadline: 5:00pm EST, December 1, 2022

All the following online application materials are due by the December 1, 2022 deadline:

  • Personal Information Section
  • Thesis Information Section
  • Proposed Research Section
  • Three Uploaded Forms in PDF (preferred) or Plain Text Format:
    1. Curriculum Vitae
    2. Publication List
    3. Research Proposal
  • Three Letters of Reference and Referees Information

Letters of reference should be submitted by three "referees" and must be received by the application deadline of December 1, 2022, 17:00 EST. The preferred format is pdf, but plain text is also acceptable. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that letters of reference have been received. Use the "View Status" feature to check receipt of a reference letter.

The steps for submitting a letter are:

  • The applicant supplies the name and e-mail of each referee in the application form.
  • A message providing a unique URL is e-mailed to each referee. The referee uses that URL to upload the letter.
  • Once the reference letter has been uploaded, the applicant will see "Complete" when checking the appropriate area of the application status page.

PLEASE NOTE: Completion of the Ph.D. is required to begin a Postdoctoral Fellowship; successful candidates who have received their degree within three years of the effective start date of the fellowship must provide verification of their Ph.D.

Application Instructions

All application materials are due by the above deadline. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions tab before beginning the online application.

Fellowship Application Login

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer where all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, sex or national origin.


How do I apply?
Applications are accepted online from September 1, 2022 to December 1, 2022, 17:00 EST.

Can I print the application form and mail it?
If you are unable to use the online application, contact for more information.

How do I register online?
Go to the Fellowship Application Login page. Select "Update Account," then "Register." On the Registration page, enter your full e-mail address and a password of your choice. Repeat the password for verification and select "Register Now."

When is the deadline?
The deadline is December 1, 2022, 17:00 EST. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials, including letters of recommendation, are received by the deadline. Incomplete applications and/or applications received after December 1, 2022 will not be considered.

Do I need to have finished my Ph.D. to apply?
You may apply in the final year of your doctoral program, but you must satisfy all the requirements of the Ph.D. before you begin your fellowship, including successfully defending your thesis. If you will have finished your degree within three years of the effective start date of the fellowship, you will need to provide verification of completing your Ph.D.

If I am also applying for other fellowships at the CfA, do I need to have separate letters of recommendation sent for each fellowship, or will they be shared?
Letters of recommendation received for the Brinson Prize Galileo Postdoctoral Fellowship will not be shared with other fellowships at the CfA and vice-versa.

What format is required for uploading files?
Files should be in pdf format. If this is not possible, plain text is also acceptable.

Can I edit my application online?
Yes, you can access the application as many times as you want until the deadline. You can enter more information or edit existing information each time. You can upload new files to replace existing ones until the deadline.

If my password does not work, what should I do?
On the "Fellowship Application: Login" page select "Reset Password," and a new password will be e-mailed to you if you have already successfully registered.

How will I know if all my application materials have been received?
After logging in to the application, select "View Application Status" to check what remains incomplete in your application. In addition, when viewing your application online, you can check previously uploaded files by clicking on the numbered button provided.

What should I do if I notice an error in my application after I submit it?
Until the deadline, you can access the application to make corrections, including uploading new versions of the pdf files.

What if I decide to withdraw my application?
If you want to withdraw your application, send an email to stating your full name and which fellowship application you wish to withdraw.

What if I have other questions?
Please e-mail all inquiries to


Application Questions: Please send an e-mail to