Postdoctoral Researchers in Galaxy Evolution Theory

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Archive Date: 
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
The Johns Hopkins University
Department Name: 
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
3400 N Charles Street
City: 
Baltimore
State/Province: 
MD
Zip/Postal: 
21218
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

We invite applications for two postdoctoral fellows/assistant research scientists in galaxy evolution at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. The successful applicant will work with Drs. Jason Tumlinson and Molly Peeples at JHU's Center for Astrophysical Sciences (CAS) and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), and with their network of collaborators.

Our research group is currently focused on using cosmological hydrodynamic simulations to understand the co-evolution of galaxies and their gaseous and stellar halos. One opening is specifically for using the simulations for galactic stellar halo modeling in the context of NASA’s forthcoming WFIRST mission. The second position is for using the simulations for tracing high-redshift galaxy evolution with an eye towards JWST predictions.

We employ a combination of hydrodynamic simulations, analytic modeling, and comparisons to observation. The open positions are targeted at a junior scientists with primarily theoretical backgrounds, including numerical simulations, but we are especially interested in applicants with an interest in creating mock observations and interpreting real ones. We welcome applicants with interests in all areas of theoretical studies of galaxy evolution. Time will be available for independent research or new projects in related areas.

The nominal start date is September 2020, with an initial appointment of two years and an expected renewal of up to three years, subject to satisfactory performance and the availability of funds.  The competitive starting salary depends on year of PhD and level of expertise and includes a relocation package.  Benefits are included (health insurance, life insurance, and retirement) at the faculty level for JHU.  The postdocs will also have full access to the postdoctoral career mentoring program based at STScI. We especially welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, LGBTQ+ people, and other members of underrepresented groups. Questions about the position should be directed to molly@stsci.edu and tumlinson@stsci.edu.

Requirements:  Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in astronomy or a related field. Expertise in one or more of the following areas is desirable: (a) hydrodynamic physics and simulations (in any modern code framework, not only AMR), (b) galaxy evolution, (c) the circumgalactic medium, (d) stellar halos and populations, and (e) connecting synthetic data to observations.

Please email a single PDF to molly@stsci.edu and tumlinson@stsci.edu with the following information:

1) a cover letter indicating interest in the position and including a list of references;

2) a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications;

3) a summary of previous and current research (limited to three pages total, including references);

4) a summary of proposed research, limited to 3 pages text plus 2 pages references/figures.

Applicants must also arrange for at least three confidential letters of reference to be emailed to molly@stsci.edu and tumlinson@stsci.edu.  Applications received by Friday, December 6, 2019 will be given full consideration, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Johns Hopkins University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 6, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Molly Peeples & Jason Tumlinson
Title: 
Dr.
Institution/Company: 
The Johns Hopkins University
Department Name: 
Department of Physics and Astronomoy
Street Line 1: 
3701 San Martin Drive
City: 
Baltimore
State/Province: 
MD
Zip/Postal Code: 
21218
Country: 
United States of America
Email: 
molly@stsci.edu & tumlinson@stsci.edu