Post-Doctoral Researcher in Galactic Interstellar Medium Studies- #0004084

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Archive Date: 
Thursday, December 16, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
The Space Telescope Science Institute
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher position to work with Drs. Joshua Peek and Claire Murray and collaborators (including Dr. Karl Gordon and Profs. Susan Clark and Erika Hamden) on studies of the diffuse ISM using archival GALEX and 21-cm data, with advanced statistical modeling and machine learning techniques. We expect this exciting research to unveil much about the 3D structure of the diffuse Galactic ISM, properties of dust in varying environments, and the relationship between star formation and Galactic winds in the outer Galactic disk. Significant time will be made available for independent research and new projects in related areas. The nominal start date is expected to be in Summer/Fall 2022, but other dates are negotiable. The initial appointment is for two years, with an expected renewal to a 3rd year subject to satisfactory performance.

The successful applicant will be encouraged to integrate into both the JHU and STScI communities, including the ISM*@ST research group.  The dynamic, welcoming, and inclusive ISM*@ST group ( includes PIs Martha Boyer, Karoline Gilbert, Karl Gordon, Joshua Peek, Julia Roman-Duval, Claire Murray, and Erik Tollerud, as well as a number of postdocs and graduate students.  The ISM*@ST group has broad scientific interests centered on the interstellar medium, from dust-producing stars to the gas and dust in the interstellar and circumgalactic medium, and studies of resolved stellar populations.

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

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

Applicants shall hold a Ph.D. degree in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science, or related fields at the start of the position. Expertise in one or more of the following areas is desirable but not required: (a) Diffuse ISM studies; (b) dust radiative transfer; (c) UV imaging; (d) statistical inference methods; (e) machine learning. 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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Applicants are requested to complete an on-line application through:

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 December 15, 2022, will receive full consideration. 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 sent directly to [email protected].

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.

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Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, December 17, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
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