Postdoctoral Researcher in the Milky Way Halo Research Group- #0039328

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Publish Date: 
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Archive Date: 
Saturday, November 30, 2019
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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STScI is seeking to fill a postdoctoral researcher position to work with Dr. Andrew Fox and the Milky Way Halo research group, which includes Drs. Jason Tumlinson, Trisha Ashley, David French, and collaborators.

The postdoc will study the interstellar medium toward the Galactic Center. Giant Fermi Bubbles surrounding the Galactic Center have been discovered in gamma rays and X-rays, and the postdoc will lead efforts to characterize their properties using UV absorption-line spectroscopy of background stars. The research will include analysis, modeling, and interpretation of UV observations from facilities including Hubble’s Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) and Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS), the Far Ultraviolet Spectrosocopic Explorer (FUSE) and the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE). The project may also involve the analysis of ground-based radio observations of neutral gas and will include opportunities to propose for new telescope time. Part of the succesful applicant’s time will also be available for independent research on existing and new projects.

The Milky Way Halo research group ( is a dynamic and growing team devoted to understanding the gaseous Galactic halo and how it affects the evolution of the Galaxy. We hold weekly meetings and monthly hack days, and offer regular travel opportunities. We value collaborative learning and are part of the larger Low Density Universe group at STScI, an extended network of observers and theorists studying comsic gas and dust. If you are interested in joining us, please apply!

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 September 2020 or earlier upon mutual agreement. Funding is available for two years, with the possibilty of extension depending on performance and availabilty of funds. Any questions about the position should be directed to Andrew Fox at

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

The following materials will be requested in PDF format: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 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 may be contacted for letters of reference. Applications received by November 30, 2019 will receive full consideration.

Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or planetary science. Experience with spectroscopy would be beneficial but is not essential. More important is an enthusiasm and willingness to work with new and archival UV data to understand the structure and evolution of the Milky Way.

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: 
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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