Post-doctoral Research Position in Supernova Cosmology Studies- #0045627

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Archive Date: 
Thursday, June 11, 2020
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
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Space Telescope Science Institute
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3700 San Martin Dr
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) seeks to fill one postdoctoral researcher position to work with Drs. Susana Deustua and Andrew Fruchter.

The postdoctoral fellow will lead the development of simulations for WFIRST prism observations of Type Ia supernovae and the calibration pipeline for WFIRST SN cosmology studies. WFIRST is a NASA large space astrophysics observatory that will provide panchromatic imaging and spectroscopy in the infrared and with a field of view that  is 100 times larger than Hubble’s.  WFIRST’s mission is to investigate dark energy, exoplanets, and infrared astrophysics.  While the position is focused on supernova cosmology with WFIRST, the successful candidate will be invited to collaborate on SN cosmology projects such as SUSHI (SUbaru Supernovae with Hubble Infrared), a joint Subaru-HST program to obtain light curves for high z SNe Ia to improve the dark energy figure of merit.  Part of the candidate’s time may be available for independent research or projects in related areas.

Software and computer support at the Institute are excellent. In addition to individual computers, STSCI has two computer clusters  available for scientific research.  AWS virtual machines may also be available. 

STScI offers a dynamic postdoc environment, a postdoc mentoring program, a broad benefits package, 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.
The position will start in September 2020 or earlier upon mutual agreement. The initial appointment is for one year; renewable for up to three years subject to satisfactory performance and the availability of expected funding.


  1. must hold a Ph.D. degree in astronomy, physics, computer science or closely related fields by the start date. Knowledge in these areas is desirable, but not required: observing experience (space and/or ground telescopes), data reduction and analysis, statistical methods, python programming, shared code repositories. Candidates with experience in supernovae science are encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a 2-3 page statement of research interest as PDF files. Applicants are requested to provide names and contact information of three people who may be contacted for letters of reference. Applications received by 5 June 2020 are assured full consideration, but the position will be open until filled.  Questions about the position should be directed to

Applicants are requested to complete an online application at

Questions about the application process should be directed to

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

STSCI and COVID-19:  STScI has all staff working remotely during COVID-19 crisis. The safety of our staff and community is our top priority. We will interview and screen candidates in this new virtual landscape. Offers of employment can be extended and new hires could be on-boarded virtually and will be shipped systems to be able to work remotely until it is safe to report to our Baltimore offices. Relocation benefits will be available to those eligible when travel can be supported.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Susana Deustua