Join the team that operates and manages the Hubble Space Telescope and its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope! The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), located on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus in Baltimore, Md. is currently accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate.
Applications are invited for a one year postdoctoral position at STScI to work with Dr. W.B. Sparks on HST observations of the jet of M87. The primary area of investigation is application of precision astrometric techniques in the optical to measurement and interpretation of the jet proper motion, in collaboration with Drs. R. van de Marel, J. Anderson and others. The jet of M87 remains a pivotal object in our understanding of high-energy processes at the nuclei of galaxies and in radio galaxies.
Our goal is to provide state-of-the-art data for comparison with theoretical work on the structure and dynamics of the jet and its interaction with the ambient medium. The successful applicant is expected to have the ability to work with challenging observational datasets, and to participate in theoretical interpretation of the results, on both the proper motion project and the wider astrophysical implications of nuclear activity and jets in galaxies.
Applicants should have obtained by the starting date a Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field. Applicants are requested to complete an on-line application(http://www.stsci.edu/institute/employment) and attach the following materials in the resume upload section: curriculum vitae, list of publications, and a brief statement of current and future research interests. (There is a three file maximum) Please include #11-0117 in the file name. Please also arrange to have three letters of reference sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications received by February 28, 2012 will receive full consideration.
Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. STScI is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.