Interstellar Medium Postdoctoral Researcher- #02985

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Publish Date: 
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Archive Date: 
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Space Telescope Science Institute
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3700 San Martin Drive
United States of America
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Applications are invited for one or more postdoctoral research positions at the Space Telescope Science Institute. The successful applicant(s) will work with Drs. Karoline Gilbert and Karl Gordon on studies of interstellar dust and gas in nearby galaxies, including the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds, and other dwarf galaxies in and beyond the Local Group.  There are a number of potential specific projects.  Two projects focus on the LMC, SMC, M31, M33, and low mass, star-forming dwarf galaxies in and beyond the Local Group using HST ultraviolet to near-infrared resolved stellar population photometric observations. These projects emphasize mapping dust extinction properties and characterizing the evolved star populations.  Another project would be to derive and interpret UV extinction curves measured from HST UV spectroscopic measurements in the LMC, SMC, M31, and M33. Which of these projects an applicant works on will be based on discussions and reflect their skills and interests.

The postdoc(s) would work closely with other members of the ISM@STScI group (e.g., Drs. Martha Boyer, Joshua Peek, and Julia Roman-Duval), that has broad scientific interests centered on the interstellar medium, from dust producing stars to the gas and dust in the interstellar and circum-galactic medium.  This research will involve working with and, if possible, proposing for observations with Hubble, JWST, and ground-based facilities. Independent research in related areas will be encouraged and supported at the 50% level pending satisfactory progress on the funding projects.

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, WFIRST). 

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science, or related fields at the start of the post-doctoral researcher position.  Research experience in the areas of stellar populations, interstellar dust, molecular clouds, or ISM structure is desirable.  Expertise in UV-optical-NIR photometry and spectroscopy, numerical methods, or statistics, is a plus.

The positions are for two years, with a possible renewal for a third year. The nominal start date is summer/fall 2019 but earlier start dates are possible. STScI, located on Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, Maryland, offers an excellent benefit package (including comprehensive healthcare and paid parental leave), competitive salaries, and a stimulating work environment. STScI’s pay for postdoctoral researchers is commensurate to the year of Ph.D.  We especially welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, LBGTQ+ people, and other members of underrepresented groups. 

Prospective applicants should complete an on-line application through:

The following materials are requested in a single PDF file: a brief cover letter detailing your research interests and relevant expertise, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a summary of previous and current research (limited to 3 pages). Complete applications received by December 15, 2018, will receive full consideration. Also, applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of reference. Reference letters should be submitted by December 22, 2018 via the on-line application system.

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Application Deadline: 
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