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Requisition Number 16-0296
Post Date 10/14/2016
Title Post Doctoral
City Baltimore
State MD

Evolved Stars in Nearby Galaxies Postdoctoral Researcher

Applications are invited 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. Martha Boyer and Karl Gordon on studies of evolved stars and resolved stellar populations in nearby galaxies, with emphasis both on the stars themselves and on their role in the evolution of the interstellar medium and galaxy evolution. One project focuses on infrared lightcurves of dust-producing stars in nearby dwarf galaxies as part of the DUSTiNGS program (DUST in Nearby Galaxies with Spitzer). Another focuses on evolved stars, stellar populations, and symbiotic stars in M31 using Hubble imaging data obtained as an extension of the PHAT program (Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury).  Finally, projects involving investigating the general stellar populations in M31, M33, the LMC, and SMC via Bayesian fitting of Hubble resolved catalogs using the BEAST code are possible.  

The 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, JWST, and ground-based facilities. Independent research in related areas will be encouraged and supported.  Research experience in the areas of stellar evolution, circumstellar environments, and/or stellar populations is desirable. Expertise in numerical methods, statistics, software, or simulations a plus.



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 16-0296 in the file name. Please also arrange to have three letters of reference sent to

Questions may be directed to Completed applications received by Feb. 1, 2017 are assured full consideration.

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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