Post-Doctoral Research in X-ray Binaries and Astrophysical Transients- #0001859

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Archive Date: 
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
Space Telescope Science Institute
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Space Telescope Science Institute invites applications for a Postdoctoral Position to work with Dr. Andrew Fruchter on spaced-based observations of high-energy astrophysical objects.    In this position, you will contribute to a program using Chandra and HST observations of nearby dwarf galaxies whose purpose is to investigate whether X-ray binaries may have played a substantial role in the reinonization of the universe.   It is also expected that you will also join in other areas of group’s research including studies of gamma-ray bursts and their associated supernovae, and, potentially, electromagnetic signals from gravitational mergers neutron star binaries.   You will be encouraged to lead projects of your own, and you will also have time for completely independent research.

While at STScI, you can take advantage of the career mentoring program, interactions with the STScI and Johns Hopkins University research staff, and a stimulating work environment rich in colloquia, journal clubs, symposia, and learning opportunities related to the missions supported by STScI (HST, JWST, Roman Space Telescope, and MAST).

By the start date, you should have a Ph.D. in astrophysics or related field and some experience with astrophysical observations.    Expertise in one or more of the following fields is desirable: a) astronomical data reduction, particularly from space-based observatories, but a background in ground-based observing is also valuable; b) X-ray binaries and/or astrophysical transients; c) high-energy astrophysics.   The initial appointment is for two years, starting no later than October 2021. We expect funds to be available for a third year. Applications received by January 8, 2021 are assured full consideration.

Any questions about the position should directed to

Prospective applicants should complete an on-line application through:

Please submit a single PDF file which includes:

•          A concise cover letter detailing your research interests and relevant expertise

•          A summary of current and previous research (limited to 3 pages)

•          A curriculum vitae and list of publications

Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted by January 15, 2021 via the on-line application system.

Evaluation will be based primarily on:

•          Accomplishments and publications

•          Research statement and summary

•          Technical expertise and scientific background:

•          Recommendation letters

Email questions regarding the application process to

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Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 8, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, January 8, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
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