sci23009 — Announcement

TMT International Science Development Teams Invitation

February 15, 2023

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Observatory is accepting applications to join its International Science Development Teams (ISDTs) until 1 March 2023.

The TMT ISDTs are groups of researchers who work together to provide scientific input to the TMT Science Advisory Committee and the TMT project. The ISDTs develop ideas for new science projects and contribute to the updating of TMT’s Detailed Science Case. They assist with planning ahead for future TMT science programs and also stimulate and build connections between the TMT and the US and international astronomical communities.

ISDTs are one of the best ways for astronomers to get involved in the definition of TMT’s science capabilities. The ISDT groups are organized around the following nine science themes:

  •  Fundamental physics and cosmology
  •  Early Universe, galaxy formation, and the intergalactic medium
  •  Supermassive black holes
  •  Milky Way and nearby galaxies
  •  Stars, stellar physics, and the interstellar medium
  •  Formation of stars and planets
  •  Exoplanets
  •  Our Solar System
  •  Time-domain science

Any qualified PhD scientist can send their application to More information about ISDTs and how to join can be found at

The Thirty Meter Telescope and the Giant Magellan Telescope are partners with NOIRLab in the US Extremely Large Telescope Program, a joint endeavor to secure US national open access to a substantial share of the observing time on a unique, bi-hemispheric system of next-generation 25-30m telescopes. NOIRLab proposes to provide an extensive suite of user services to support the entire life cycle of research using GMT, TMT, and the data they produce.

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