Postdoctoral Positions on Dynamics of Nearby Galaxies and Globular Clusters- #102419

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Publish Date: 
Monday, October 28, 2019
Archive Date: 
Monday, December 9, 2019
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Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Space Telescope Science Institute
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3700 San Martin Dr
United States of America
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Applications are invited for post-doctoral research positions at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) as part of the HSTPROMO (High-resolution Space Telescope Proper Motion) collaboration. Details about the collaboration and its work are available at . The successful candidates will work with Drs. Roeland van der Marel, Andrea Bellini, Tony Sohn, and other team members to improve our dynamical understanding of globular clusters and galaxies in the nearby Universe through measurement and interpretation of their proper motions.

The main projects focus on the dynamics of dwarf galaxies and the Milky Way and Andromeda satellite systems, and the multiple stellar populations in globular clusters, respectively. Involvement in projects related to the Galactic Center and stellar streams is also possible. The research involves either observational data analysis, theoretical dynamical modeling, and/or data-model comparisons. The work is focused on Hubble Space Telescope projects, but includes also
anticipated James Webb Space Telescope Guaranteed Time observations, study of and comparison with Gaia measurements, analysis of related datasets from other (e.g., ground-based) facilities, and development of new techniques for proper motion measurements through combination of data from different observatories. Some time may be available for independent research or new projects in related areas.

STScI offers a dynamic postdoc environment, with an active program of journal clubs and science talks, a postdoc mentoring program, and a prime location on the Johns Hopkins University campus. The upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope makes this an exciting time to come to Baltimore. STScI offers an excellent benefit package, competitive salaries, and a stimulating work environment. STScI’s pay is commensurate to the year of Ph.D.

The nominal start date is Fall 2020, but earlier start dates are possible and encouraged. Initial appointments are for two years, with likely renewal for a third year (subject to satisfactory performance and continued funding). Any questions about the positions should be directed to Roeland van der Marel at .

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree. Candidates may have either observational, theoretical, or mixed interests. Observational candidates should ideally have technical expertise in high-precision photometric and/or astrometric analysis of imaging data of resolved stellar populations (preferably with HST). Theoretical candidates should ideally have technical expertise in modeling or data-model comparisons relevant to the dynamics, structure, and/or stellar populations of globular clusters, nearby galaxies, or the Local Group.

Applicants are required to complete an online application through the direct link below:

The following materials will be requested in PDF format: a cover letter that indicates how the applicants interests, goals and qualifications related to the  position; curriculum vitae with list of publications; and 2-3 page statement of research interests and relevant technical expertise. Applicants will be requested to provide names and contact information of three people who will be contacted for letters of reference from the system. Applications received by December 9, 2019 will receive full consideration.

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.

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, December 9, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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