The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) invites applications for two Prize Fellowship—one Giacconi and one Lasker—to start in Fall 2023:
2023 Giacconi Fellowship
The Giacconi Fellowship, named in honor of the first director of STScI and Nobel Prize winner Riccardo Giacconi, provides up to three years of support for passionate and self-motivated postdoctoral researchers in any field of astronomy, astrophysics, or planetary science. The research may be theoretical, observational, or instrumental.
2023 Lasker Data Science Fellowship
The Barry M. Lasker Data Science Postdoctoral Fellowship is an STScI-funded program designed to provide up to 3 years of support for passionate and self-motivated postdoctoral researchers working on innovative astronomical studies involving the use or creation of one or more of the following: large astronomical databases, massive data processing, data visualization and discovery tools, and machine-learning algorithms. Lasker Data Science Fellowship recipients are encouraged to explore interdisciplinary approaches to addressing the opportunities provided in the “Big Data” era of astronomy and to take significant advantage of the archived datasets held (or planned for ingest) at STScI, including HST, JWST, GALEX, Kepler/K2, PanSTARRS, TESS, and Roman.
Prize Fellowships include an annual salary of approximately $71,250, generous benefits, including some support for relocation, and $17,000 per year to cover research expenses. The duration of each fellowship is up to three years: an initial one-year appointment and two annual renewals contingent on satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. Fellows are resident at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.
Applicants are expected to hold a PhD in astronomy, physics or a related field at the time of the commencement of the fellowship, but there are no further restrictions on the date of PhD degree. The selection will be based on the accomplishments and proposed research of the applicants; the impacts of covid will be considered during the selection process.
Further information about all of our fellowship opportunities can be found at: https://www.stsci.edu/stsci-research/fellowships. Questions about this opportunity should be sent to [email protected].
Applicants should submit the following materials in a single pdf file:
1) a cover letter, mentioning for which of the fellowships the candidate wishes to apply (maximum 2 pages),
2) a curriculum vitae and list of publications,
3) a research statement describing past, current and proposed research (maximum 4 pages).
References will not count towards the page limits. Strong applications will address why the applicant wishes to work at STScI, highlight synergies with STScI’s goals, missions, research, and staff, and explain how holding a Prize Fellowship at STScI will support their scientific development and career goals. Applicants should also submit the names of three individuals who can provide letters of reference on their behalf.
ONLY Use this link to apply: https://stsci.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/68287/kundLu3lVJ
The STScI on-line application portal will be activated on Friday, August 5, 2022. Applications received by Friday, September 30, 2022 11:59pm EDT will receive full consideration.
Letters of reference will be requested only for long-listed candidates. We anticipate requesting letters on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, with a deadline of Thursday, December 8, 2022, but these dates are subject to change depending on our internal processes. Applicants should contact their letter writers separately to let them know when letters requests are anticipated.
Candidates will be notified of the results of the selection process by late January 2023. Fellowships will begin in the second half of 2023.
STScI occupies two sites surrounding the campus of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, MD. It maintains close connections with the JHU Physics and Astronomy Department and is a partner in the Pan-STARRS, LSST and SDSS V consortia. STScI values diversity and has mentoring programs and access to annual training programs. The research environment engages, stimulates and supports a diverse international research staff with over 120 members. Research projects (http://www.stsci.edu/stsci-research) span a wide range of topics and include collaborations with postdoctoral researchers, research support analysts and JHU graduate students, as well as researchers from other institutions. Researchers lead the organization of annual workshops and symposia, and participate in the activities of the very successful office of public outreach. Functionally, research staff members support the wider community through calibration and characterization of current and upcoming instrumentation, development of tools for analyses of archival holdings, and overall mission planning. Research-staff members also help to formulate the strategic goals of the Institute.
The diversity of the STScI staff enhances the dynamic and collegial atmosphere of our scientific community, and reflects our commitment to inclusivity in the broadest sense. Accordingly, women, minorities, veterans, and disabled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, STScI does not discriminate because of race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, or mental or physical handicap. Veterans, disabled or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process can contact us at [email protected].