ISM*@ST Postdoctoral Researcher(s)- #0001903

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Publish Date: 
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Archive Date: 
Saturday, December 26, 2020
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: 

Applications are invited for one or more postdoctoral research positions at the Space Telescope Science Institute. The successful applicant(s) will work in collaboration with the ISM*@ST researchers, to study dust properties in a diverse range of conditions, constrain the multi-dimensional structure of gas and dust, and/or study stellar populations and measure star formation histories of nearby galaxies. For a full list of the ISM*@ST research areas, see  These positions are expected to start as soon as early 2021.  In particular this year, we are looking for applicants interested in the following projects (dependent on funding).

1) Working with Dr. Karl Gordon, use JWST Integral Field Unit spectroscopic observations from 1-28 microns to study the detailed physics of gas and dust in Orion, NGC 7023, and the Horsehead photo-dissociation regions as part of JWST Early Release Science and MIRI Guaranteed Time Observation programs.

2) Working with Drs. Martha Boyer and Karoline Gilbert, use optical to infrared Hubble imaging to constrain the evolution of metal-poor giants and supergiants, including their contribution to the ISM of nearby galaxies as part of the Local Ultraviolet and Infrared Treasury (LUVIT) program. 

3) Working with Dr. Karl Gordon, use an extensive set of ultraviolet through submm archival observations and a dust grain fitting code to investigate the dust grains present in the diffuse interstellar medium in galaxies in the Local Group.

4) Working with Drs. Karl Gordon and Josh Peek, use Galex archival data to make the first 3D models of the interstellar medium structure of the high-latitude Galactic sky using dust scattering models.

The postdoc(s) would work closely as part of the dynamic, welcoming, and inclusive ISM*@ST group (​) that includes Drs. Martha Boyer, Karoline Gilbert, Karl Gordon, Joshua Peek, Julia Roman-Duval, Erik Tollerud, and 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. This research will involve working with and, if possible, proposing for observations with Hubble, JWST, and ground-based facilities. Independent research in related areas will be encouraged and supported up to the 50% level pending satisfactory progress on the funding projects.

The successful applicants will benefit from the career mentoring program at STScI, 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). STScI is a member of SDSS-V, and the successful applicant will have full data rights to this project.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science, or related fields at the start of the post-doctoral researcher position. Research experience in the areas of interstellar dust, stellar populations, photodissociation regions, evolved stars,  molecular clouds, or ISM structure is desirable.  Expertise in UV-optical-MIR photometry or spectroscopy, numerical methods, or statistics, is a plus.

The positions are for two years, with a possible renewal for a third year subject to performance and availability of funds. The nominal start date is spring/summer/fall 2021 but earlier/later start dates are possible. STScI, located on Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, Maryland, offers an excellent benefit package (including comprehensive healthcare and paid parental leave), competitive salaries, and a stimulating work environment. STScI’s pay for postdoctoral researchers is commensurate to the year of Ph.D. We especially welcome applications from women,underrepresented minorities, veterans, LBGTQ+ people, and other members of underrepresented groups.

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The following materials are requested in a single PDF file: a brief cover letter detailing your research interests and relevant expertise, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a summary of previous and current research (limited to 3 pages). Complete applications received by December 26, 2020, will receive full consideration. Also, applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of reference. Reference letters should be submitted by January 4, 2020 via the on-line application system. Questions regarding the application process can be sent directly 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 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​.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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