Space Telescope Science Institute

Postdoctoral Research in Outflows from Active Galactic Nuclei- #0042169

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position to work with Dr. Gerard Kriss, Dr. Gisella De Rosa, and a team of international collaborators on observational studies of outflows from Active galactic nuclei (AGN). This research will include analysis and interpretation of UV spectra obtained with the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and coordinated X-ray spectra from XMM-Newton aimed at understanding the energetics of AGN-driven outflows and their potential impact on the host galaxy. The successful applicant will benefit from the career mentoring program at STScI, interactions with the Johns Hopkins University research staff, and a stimulating work environment rich in colloquia, journal clubs, symposia, and learning opportunities related to the missions supported by STScI (HST, JWST, and WFIRST). Part of the time may be available for independent research or new projects in related areas. The nominal start date is expected to be in Summer/Fall 2019, but other dates are negotiable. The initial appointment is for one year, with expected renewals up to three years subject to satisfactory performance and availability of 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.

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Applicants shall hold a Ph.D. degree in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science, or related fields at the start of the position. Expertise in one or more of the following areas is desirable: (a) UV/optical spectroscopy; (b) X-ray spectroscopy; (c) data reduction from space-based observatories; (d) studies of AGN and their environs. More important is the willingness to take on new projects, learn new skills, and work independently to bring these projects to fruition.

Applicants are requested to complete an on-line application through:

The following materials will be requested in PDF format: a brief cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a concise (1-3 page) statement of research interests, accomplishments, and relevant technical experience. Complete applications received by January 31, 2020, will receive full consideration. Also, applicants must arrange for three confidential letters of reference. Reference letters must be submitted by the same date via the on-line application system.

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Last updated: 2020-01-09