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Requisition Number 17-0223
Post Date 10/12/2017
Title Post Doctoral
City Baltimore
State MD

Post-doctoral Research Position in Supernova Cosmology Studies

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) seeks to fill one  postdoctoral researcher position to work with Dr. Susana Deustua and collaborators Drs. Andrew Fruchter and David Rubin.

The postdoctoral fellow will lead the development of a WFIRST spectral channel simulation and calibration pipeline for Type Ia supernovae for cosmology studies in the context of addressing the nature of dark energy.  WFIRST is a NASA observatory designed to investigate dark energy, exoplanets, and infrared astrophysics. While the position is focused on supernova cosmology with WFIRST, the successful candidate may also become involved with SUSHI (SUbaru Supernovae with Hubble Infrared), an HST program to obtain light curves for high z SNe Ia to improve the dark energy figure of merit; and part of the candidate‚Äôs time may be available for independent research or projects in related areas.

STScI offers a dynamic postdoc environment, a postdoc mentoring program, a broad benefit package, and a prime location on the Johns Hopkins University campus. The upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope makes this an exciting time to come to Baltimore. The position will start in September 2018 or earlier upon mutual agreement. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension depending on performance and availability of funds.



Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in astronomy, physics, computer science or closely related fields by the start date.  Candidates with experience in supernovae science observational data are encouraged to apply, but is not essential.  Knowledge in these areas is desirable:  observing experience (space and/or ground telescopes), data reduction and analysis, statistical methods, python programming, shared code repositories.

The following materials will be requested in PDF format: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a 2-3 page statement of research interests. Applicants are requested to provide names and contact information of three people who may be contacted for letters of reference. Applications received by December 31, 2017 will receive full consideration. Questions about the position should be directed to

Applicants are requested to complete an online application  at:

Questions about the application process should be directed 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.

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