Space Telescope Science Institute invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research
Associate position in transient astrophysics. The position is for two years, with a third
year possible contingent upon performance and continued funding.
Candidates should have interests in one or more of transient science, supernovae,
gravitational waves, tidal disruption events, and cosmology. A candidate must have
received their PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field prior to beginning
their appointment. The researcher will be part of a joint research group at STScI,
which includes senior researchers Dr. Armin Rest, Dr. Suvi Gezari, Dr. Lou Strolger,
and Dr. Ori Fox, and their collaborators.
The successful applicant is encouraged to pursue their own research interests, but will
collaborate on a variety of ongoing observational efforts, including (but not limited to),
the search for and analysis of SN explosions/progenitors, massive star evolution,
gravitational wave counterparts, exotic transients, TDEs, SN light echoes, SN Ia
cosmology, and astrostatistical methods for Big Data in time domain astronomy.
Knowledge of python is required, experience in image processing and analysis and/or
machine learning is a plus. The researchers will have access to data from Pan-STARRS,
DECam, ATLAS, Gemini, Magellan, HST, Kepler, TESS, SDSS-V, ZTF-II, and hopefully
Proposed starting date is between March and September 2021. Salary is
commensurate with experience and relevant research. Benefits include vacation, sick
leave, and holidays plus State Health, Dental and Life Insurance for qualified
The successful applicant will benefit from career mentoring programs and close
interactions with STScI and JHU research staff, as well as a stimulating work
environment rich in colloquia, journal clubs, symposia, and learning opportunities
related to the missions and research supported by STScI and JHU.
Please submit your application through: https://stsci.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/59121
(Do not use the green "Apply Now" tab at the top right. Applications will ONLY be
accepted through the link above.)
The completed application will consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication
list, and a two-page statement of research interests. 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 to be sent directly to
All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered;
incomplete information will not be reviewed. Applications may be reviewed prior to
closing, and applications completed by February 3, 2021 will receive full consideration.
Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Armin Rest by e-mail
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