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Requisition Number 16-0357
Post Date 12/9/2016
Title Post Doctoral
City Baltimore
State MD

Applications are invited for one  postdoctoral research position at the Space  Telescope Science Institute (STScI) starting  in  fall 2017. The appointment is for three years.  The successful  applicant will work with Dr. Margaret Meixner on her guaranteed time observation (GTO) program for the James Webb Space Telescope / Mid Infrared Instrument  observations.  The topics involved for the program include star formation and SN1987A  in the Magellanic Clouds, and  the life cycle of dust in nearby galaxies. This life cycle includes identification of young stellar objects and the star formation process, identification of evolved stars and their dust production, studies of supernovae dust production and the destruction of dust by supernova remnants, and studies of dust content in the interstellar medium.   These projects  build upon prior space observatory survey data from the Spitzer SAGE and Hershel HERITAGE surveys of the Magellanic Clouds.

The JWST GTO observations are expected to arrive in 2019 and the postdoctoral researcher will be involved in all aspects of these observations. Additional followup investigations using ALMA, HST, and ground based facilities are expected.  Independent research in related areas will be supported and encouraged.  Research experience in the areas  of interstellar medium, star formation, evolved stars, supernova remnants, dust, radiative transfer  or the Magellanic Clouds is desirable.  A PhD  in astronomy or astrophysics is required.

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


Applicants are requested to complete an online application at . Find the position using the requisition number listed above, click "apply online" at the bottom of the job details page, create an account, and upload ONE PDF including the following items into the "Resume Upload" section: curriculum vitae, list of publications, and a brief statement of research interests, accomplishments, and relevant technical expertise. Please include “#16-0357-last name” in the filename.

Three letters of recommendation should be submitted separately 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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