STScI Postdoctoral Fellowships

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, August 5, 2022
Archive Date: 
Friday, September 30, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
Space Telescope Science Institute
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Space Telescope Science Institute invites applications for several STScI Postdoctoral Fellowships to start in Fall 2023.

The goal of STScI Postdoctoral Fellowships is to offer passionate and self-motivated early-career scientists the opportunity to further develop their independent research programs while at the same time gaining valuable insight into the operation and support of major NASA facilities, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, and the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes. The fellowship positions are for a period of up to 4 years. Successful applicants will spend 50% of their time in support of the science operations mission of the Institute and 50% on personal research.

We are seeking candidates with interest or experience in space- or ground-based astronomical observations, observatory systems, astronomical instrumentation, archives, data science, science policy, and software development. Researchers experienced with theoretical, computational or data analysis techniques that could be applied to support observatory science are also encouraged to apply.

STScI Fellowships include an annual salary of approximately $70,682, generous benefits, including some support for relocation, and $8,500 per year to cover research expenses. The duration of each fellowship is up to four years: an initial one-year appointment and three annual renewals contingent on satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. Fellows are resident at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.

Applicants are expected to hold a PhD in astronomy, physics, or a related field at the time of commencement of the fellowship, but there are no further restrictions on the data of the PhD degree. All research areas in astronomy or planetary science will be considered, and research may be observational, theoretical, or instrumental. The selection will be based on the accomplishments and proposed research of the applicants, and on their potential match against STScI’s mission support needs; the impacts of covid will be considered during the selection process.

Further information about all of our fellowship opportunities can be found at: Questions about this opportunity should be sent to [email protected].

Applicants should submit the following materials in a single pdf file:

1) a cover letter (maximum 2 pages),

2) a curriculum vitae and list of publications,

3) a research statement describing past, current and proposed research (maximum 4 pages),

4) a statement of technical skills and interests relevant to supporting STScI missions (maximum 1 page).

References will not count towards the page limits. Strong applications will address why the applicant wishes to work at STScI, highlight synergies with STScI’s goals, missions, research, and staff, and explain how holding an STScI Postdoctoral Fellowship at STScI will support their scientific development and career goals. Applicants should also submit the names of three individuals who can provide letters of reference on their behalf.

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The STScI on-line application portal will be activated on Friday, August 5, 2023. Applications received by Friday, September 30, 2022 11:59pm EDT will receive full consideration.

Letters of reference will be requested only for long-listed candidates. We anticipate requesting letters on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, with a deadline of Thursday, December 1, 2022, but these dates are subject to change depending on our internal processes. Applicants should contact their letter writers separately to let them know when letters requests are anticipated.

We anticipate conducting interviews in February 2023. Candidates will be notified of the results of the selection process by early March 2023. Fellowships will begin in the second half of 2023.

STScI occupies two sites surrounding the campus of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, MD. It maintains close connections with the JHU Physics and Astronomy Department and is a partner in the Pan-STARRS, LSST and SDSS V consortia. STScI values diversity and has mentoring programs and access to annual training programs. The research environment engages, stimulates and supports a diverse international research staff with over 120 members. Research projects ( span a wide range of topics and include collaborations with postdoctoral researchers, research support analysts and JHU graduate students, as well as researchers from other institutions. Researchers lead the organization of annual workshops and symposia, and participate in the activities of the very successful office of public outreach. Functionally, research staff members support the wider community through calibration and characterization of current and upcoming instrumentation, development of tools for analyses of archival holdings, and overall mission planning. Research-staff members also help to formulate the strategic goals of the Institute.

The diversity of the STScI staff enhances the dynamic and collegial atmosphere of our scientific community, and reflects our commitment to inclusivity in the broadest sense. Accordingly, women, minorities, veterans, and disabled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply for these positions.

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 [email protected].



Included Benefits: 

Salaries and benefits are commensurate with those of AURA member universities. Included Benefits:

  • Medical, dental, prescription, and vision;
  • Vacation: Up to 5 weeks of paid vacation a year;
  • Sick Leave: Up to 12 sick days a year;
  • Paid Holidays: 7 regular holidays and 3 personal holidays;
  • Employer-sponsored Retirement Plan: direct company contribution;
  • Employee Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan;
  • Flexible Work Schedules;
  • Telecommuting Options Available;
  • Free Parking; Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Employee Assistance Program;
  • Company-paid Life, Short-term Disability, and Long-term Disability.
Application Deadline: 
Friday, September 30, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Christine Rueter
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