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Requisition Number 17-0231
Post Date 10/31/2017
Title Post Doctoral
City Baltimore
State MD

Interstellar Medium Postdoctoral Researcher


Applications are invited for two or more postdoctoral research positions at the Space Telescope Science Institute. The successful applicant(s) will work with Drs. Julia Roman-Duval, Karoline Gilbert, and Karl Gordon on studies of interstellar dust and gas in nearby galaxies, including the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds, and other dwarf galaxies in and beyond the Local Group.  There are a number of potential specific projects. One project would pursue a comprehensive characterization of dust properties in nearby galaxies using Herschel, Spitzer, and Planck observations. Another would focus on mapping dust extinction properties in low mass, star-forming dwarf galaxies in and beyond the Local Group using photometric observations obtained in the UV to NIR with HST.  


We are also interested in mapping dust extinction properties in M31, M33, the LMC and SMC from photometric and spectroscopic observations obtained as part of the PHAT (Panchromatic Andromeda Hubble Treasury), SMIDGE (Small Magellanic cloud Investigation of Dust Evolution), METAL (Metal Evolution and TrAnsport in the Large Magellanic Cloud) , and other programs.  The postdoc(s) would work closely with other members of the ISM@STScI group (including Drs. Martha Boyer and Joshua Peek), which has broad scientific interests orbiting the interstellar medium, from dust producing stars to the gas and dust in the interstellar and circum-galactic 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.


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, molecular clouds, or ISM structure is desirable. Expertise in numerical methods, statistics, software, or simulations is a plus.


The positions are for two years, with a possible renewal for a third year. The nominal start date is summer/fall 2018 but earlier start dates are possible. STScI is located on the 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:


The following materials will be requested: curriculum vitae, list of publications, and a statement of research interests, accomplishments, and relevant technical expertise not to exceed three pages. Candidates will be requested to provide reference information in the application. Completed applications, including the letters, received by Jan 15, 2018 are assured full consideration.


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