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Requisition Number 16-0249
Post Date 9/2/2016
Title Post Doctoral
City Baltimore
State MD
Description The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate to work with Massimo Stiavelli on observational studies of high redshift galaxies. The research will initially entail work with Hubble Space Telescope data obtained as part of the Brightest Of Reionizing Galaxies survey (BORG) and, after the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, on the JWST imaging and spectroscopic Guaranteed Time Observer program by Stiavelli which focusses on properties of high redshift elliptical galaxies progenitors and on the joint evolution of galaxies and massive black holes.

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


Applicants should have obtained by the starting date a Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field. Working knowledge of Python and familiarity with both imaging and spectroscopic data are desirable. The start date of the appointment is October 2017; but different start dates could be negotiated. The initial appointment is for one year, renewable up to a total of four years.

Applicants are requested to complete an on-line application at and attach the following materials in ONE PDF DOCUMENT: curriculum vitae, list of publications, and a brief statement of current and future research interests. Please include last name and #16-0249 in the file name. Please also arrange to have three letters of reference submitted in support of applications to Dr Massimo Stiavelli / e-mail:

Completed applications received by November 15, 2016 will receive full consideration. Questions regarding this position are welcome and may be directed to Massimo Stiavelli

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