Space Telescope Science Institute: Postdoctoral Researcher in Extragalactic Astronomy

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher to work with Dr. Marc Rafelski on observational studies of high redshift galaxies and their gas reservoirs. The research will involve data reduction, scientific analysis and publication, and proposals for new observations with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and large ground-based facilities.

The successful candidate will work on multiple projects, including (1) the escaping ionizing flux of Lyman continuum galaxies at z~3-4, (2) absorption line systems (Damped Lyman-alpha systems (DLAs) and Lyman Limit systems (LLS)) to study the gas in and around galaxies, and possibly (3) emission-line studies of z~2 galaxies using HST grism surveys. Independent research will be encouraged and supported.

Technical expertise in the following areas is desirable: (a) high-redshift galaxies and their gas reservoirs; (b) reduction and analysis of imaging and spectroscopic data (e.g. astrodrizzle) (b) observing experience with HST or ground-based UV/optical/NIR telescopes (d) programming in Python or IDL.

Questions about the position should be directed to [email protected].

The nominal start date is Summer/Fall 2018, but earlier start dates are possible. The initial appointment is for two years, with an expected renewal to 3 years (subject to satisfactory performance and continued funding). 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.D.


Applicants are requested to complete an online application through:

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree by the time the position begins. The following materials will be requested in PDF format: cover letter, curriculum vitae; list of publications; and a 3 page statement of research accomplishments and relevant technical experience. Applicants will be requested to provide contact information including emails for three references. Complete applications received by December 15, 2017 will receive full consideration. Reference letters must be submitted by December 22, 2017 via the slideroom online application.

Questions regarding the application process can be to be sent directly to [email protected]

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last updated 30-Sep-2017