Transient Astrophysics Postdoctoral Researcher- #25985

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Publish Date: 
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Archive Date: 
Saturday, January 26, 2019
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Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Space Telescope Science Institute
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3700 San Martin Drive
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Department of Physics & Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore

The Department of Physics & Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, and the Space Telescope Science Institute invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in transient astrophysics. The position is full-time, for up to three years, contingent on performance and continued funding.

Candidates should have interests in one or more of transient science, supernovae, gravitational waves, and cosmology, with an emphasis on applying astrostatistical tools to Big Data. A candidate must have received their PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field prior to beginning their appointment. The researcher will work with Dr. Armin Rest and collaborators on various observational projects, including (but not limited to) the search for and analysis of SN light echoes, SN explosions/progenitors with Kepler/TESS, gravitational wave counterparts, exotic transients, and SN Ia cosmology. The successful applicant is encouraged to pursue their own research interests. Knowledge of python is required, experience in image processing and analysis and/or machine learning is a plus. The researchers will have access to data from Pan-STARRS, DECam, ATLAS, Gemini, Magellan, HST, Kepler, and TESS.

Proposed starting date is between March and September 2019. Salary is commensurate with experience and relevant research. Benefits include vacation, sick leave, and holidays plus State Health, Dental and Life Insurance for qualified candidates.

The successful applicant will benefit from career mentoring programs and close interactions with STScI and JHU research staff, as well as a stimulating work environment rich in colloquia, journal clubs, symposia, and learning opportunities related to the missions and research supported by STScI and JHU. JHU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.

Please submit your application through:

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The completed application will consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, and a two-page statement of research interests. Also, 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 to be sent directly to .

All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered; incomplete information will not be reviewed. Applications may be reviewed prior to closing, and applications completed by Jan 31, 2019 will receive full consideration. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Armin Rest either in person at the upcoming AAS in Seattle or by e-mail

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Application Deadline: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019
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