Post-Doctoral Research in Gas Flows in Active Galactic Nuclei- #0049583

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Space Telescope Science Institute
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher position to work with Dr. Gerard Kriss, Dr. Gisella De Rosa, Dr. Bradley Peterson, and a team of international collaborators on reverberation-mapping studies of gas flows in active galactic nuclei (AGN). This research will include analysis and interpretation of UV spectra obtained with the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and coordinated observations from other space and ground-based observatories aimed at understanding gas flows in the broad emission-line region of AGNs. The successful applicant will benefit from the career mentoring program at STScI, interactions with the Johns Hopkins University research staff, and a stimulating work environment rich in colloquia, journal clubs, symposia, and learning opportunities related to the missions supported by STScI (HST, JWST, and WFIRST). Part of the time may be available for independent research or new projects in related areas. The nominal start date is expected to be in Fall 2020, but other dates are negotiable. The initial appointment is for two years, with an expected renewal for a third year, subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

STScI, located on Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, Maryland, offers an excellent benefit package, competitive salaries, and a stimulating work environment. STScI’s pay is commensurate to the year of Ph.D.

Any questions about the position should be directed to

Applicants shall hold a Ph.D. degree in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science, or related fields at the start of the position. Expertise in one or more of the following areas is desirable: (a) UV/optical spectroscopy; (b) data reduction from space-based observatories; and (c) studies of AGN and their environs. More important is the willingness to take on new projects, learn new skills, and work independently to bring these projects to fruition.

Applicants are requested to complete an on-line application through:

The following materials will be requested in PDF format: a brief cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a concise (1-3 page) statement of research interests, accomplishments, and relevant technical experience.  Complete applications received by August 5, 2020, will receive full consideration. Also, applicants must arrange for three confidential letters of reference. Reference letters must be submitted by the same date via the on-line application system.

Questions regarding the application process can be sent directly to

**STScI has all staff working virtually during the COVID-19 crisis. The safety of our staff and community is our top priority. We will continue to interview and screen candidates in this new virtual landscape. Offers of employment can be extended and new hires will on-board virtually once they are resident in the Baltimore-Washington area. We will then ship systems to enable working virtually until it is safe to report to our Baltimore offices. Relocation benefits will be available to those eligible when travel can be supported.  

Additionally, all employment is contingent on establishing eligibility to work in the United States, including obtaining an appropriate visa, if necessary.  Work outside of the United States is not permitted.**

STScI sees the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in our desire to create a first-rate scientific community. We reflect that deep commitment in strongly encouraging women, minorities, veterans and disabled individuals to apply for these opportunities.

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Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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Gerard Kriss