Post Doctoral Researcher in ISM studies of Star-Forming Galaxies- #0035317

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
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Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Space Telescope Science Institute
Street Line 1: 
3700 San Martin Drive
United States of America
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The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher position to work with Dr. Bethan James and collaborators, including Drs. Alessandra Aloisi, Alaina Henry, Claus Leitherer, and Swara Ravindranath, on observational studies of the multi-phase interstellar medium, chemical evolution, and physical conditions of nearby star-forming galaxies. This research will include analysis and interpretation of UV observations with the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), and supporting optical ground-based observations including VLT-MUSE and SDSS spectroscopy. Part of the successful applicant's time may be available for independent research or new projects. The nominal start date is expected to be in Summer/Fall 2020, but other dates are negotiable. The initial appointment is for two years, with an expected renewal to a 3rd year subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

The successful applicants 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).

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Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science, or related fields at the start of the post-doctoral researcher position. Expertize in one or more of the following areas in desirable: (a) UV/optical spectroscopy; (b) data reduction from space-based/ground-based observatories; (c) interstellar medium studies; (d) emission line diagnostics; (e) chemical evolution of galaxies; (f) IFU spectroscopy; (g) photoionization modelling. 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 October 1, 2019, 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, 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. 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.

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

Application Deadline: 
Monday, September 30, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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