Post-Doctoral Researcher in Metals in Nearby Star-Forming Galaxies #0001756

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, January 13, 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 (STScI) invites applications for one or more post-doctoral researcher positions to work with Dr. Alessandra Aloisi, Dr. Svea Hernandez, Dr. Bethan James, Dr. Nimisha Kumari and a team of international collaborators investigating metals in nearby star-forming galaxies with a special focus on the multi-phase interstellar medium and the integrated light of stellar clusters. This research will include analysis of UV observations with the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), and optical ground-based spectroscopic observations, including IFU spectroscopy. Part of the successful applicant's time may be available for independent research or new projects in related areas. The nominal start date is expected to be in Summer/Fall 2021, but other dates are negotiable. The initial appointment is for one year, with an expected renewal to a 2nd and 3rd year subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

The successful applicants will benefit from the career mentoring program at STScI, interactions and collaborations with the STScI and Johns Hopkins University research staff, and a scientifically stimulating environment rich in colloquia, journal clubs, workshops, symposia and learning opportunities related to the missions supported by STScI (HST, JWST, and Roman).

Any questions about the position should be directed to [email protected].

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science, or related fields at the start of the post-doctoral researcher position. Expertise in one or more of the following areas is desirable, but not required: (a) UV/optical spectroscopy; (b) data reduction from space-based/ground-based observatories; (c) interstellar medium studies; (d) abundances of young star clusters (e) emission line diagnostics; (f) chemical evolution of galaxies; (g) IFU spectroscopy; (h) photoionization modeling. More important is the willingness to take on new projects, learn new skills, and work independently to bring these projects to fruition.

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The following materials will be requested in PDF format: a brief cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a concise (1-3 page) statement of research interests, accomplishments, and relevant technical experience. Complete applications received by January 8, 2021, will receive full consideration. Applicants must arrange for three confidential letters of reference. Reference letters must be submitted by the same date via the on-line application system.

Questions regarding the application process can be sent directly to [email protected].

STScI, located on Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, Maryland, offers an excellent benefit package, competitive salaries, and a stimulating work environment. STScI’s pay is commensurate to the year of Ph.D. 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 for these opportunities.

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].


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Included Benefits: 
  • Medical, dental, prescription, and vision
  • Employer-sponsored Retirement Plan: 10% direct company contribution
  • 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
  • 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, January 8, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, January 8, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Christine Rueter