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Requisition Number 16-0297
Post Date 10/14/2016
Title Post Doctoral
City Baltimore
State MD

The Space Telescope Science Institute is inviting applications for one or more postdoctoral research positions at the Space Telescope Science Institute starting as early as March 2017. The successful applicant will work with Drs. Julia Roman-Duval, Joshua Peek, and Karl Gordon on studies of interstellar dust and gas in nearby galaxies, with a focus on the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds.

There are a number of potential specific projects. One project would  focus on deriving UV dust extinction curves from new HST ultraviolet spectra of massive stars obtained as part of the METAL (Metal Evolution and TrAnsport in the LMC) program. Another would focus on  mapping dust extinction properties in M31, M33, the LMC and SMC from photometric observations obtained as part of the PHAT (Panchromatic Andromeda Hubble Treasury), SMIDGE (Small Magellanic (cloud) Investigation of Dust Evolution), METAL, and other programs. We are also interested in determining the three-dimensional kinematic structure of giant molecular clouds, in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies, using dust maps, ISM radio data, and absorption line spectroscopy. A postdoc would work closely with the *ISM@STScI* group (including Drs. Martha Boyer, Karl Gordon, Joshua Peek, Julia Roman-Duval), which has broad scientific interests orbiting the interstellar medium, from dust producing stars to the gas and dust in the interstellar and circumgalactic medium. 

This research will involve working with and, if possible, proposing for observations with Hubble, Spitzer, and ground-based facilities. Independent research in related areas will be encouraged and supported.  Research experience in the areas of interstellar dust, molecular clouds, or ISM structure is desirable. Expertise in numerical methods, statistics, software, or simulations is a plus.

The position is for two years, with a possible renewal for a third year. STScI is located on Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, Maryland, and has deep ongoing interactions with the JHU Center for Astrophysical Sciences. STScI offers an excellent benefit package, competitive salaries, and a stimulating work environment. STScI's pay is commensurate to the year of Ph.D.


Applicants are requested to complete an on-line application through our website at: and attach ONE PDF document  in the “resume upload” section including the following materials: curriculum vitae, list of publications, and a brief statement of research interests, accomplishments, and relevant technical expertise. Please include 16-0297 in the file name.

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Completed applications received by Jan 15, 2017 are assured full consideration. Please also arrange to have three letters of reference sent 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.

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Included Benefits: Salaries and benefits are commensurate with those of AURA member universities. Included Benefits: -Medical, dental, prescription, and vision -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 -Employer-sponsored Retirement Plan: direct company contribution -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.


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