Space Telescope Science Institute

Postdoctoral Associate in Transient Science - #0004365

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in transient astrophysics. The researcher will be part of a joint research group at STScI, which includes senior researchers Dr. Armin Rest, Dr. Suvi Gezari, Dr. Lou Strolger, and Dr. Ori Fox, and their collaborators. The position is for two years, with a third year possible contingent upon performance and continued funding. A candidate must have received their PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field prior to beginning their appointment.

Candidates should have interests in one or more of transient science, supernovae, gravitational waves, tidal disruption events, and cosmology. You will collaborate on a variety of ongoing observational efforts, including (but not limited to), the search for and analysis of SN explosions/progenitors, massive star evolution, gravitational wave counterparts, exotic transients, systematic discovery and characterization of tidal disruption events, SN light echoes, SN Ia cosmology, and astro-statistical methods for Big Data in time domain astronomy. Part of the time may be available for independent research or new projects in related areas. We seek specific expertise in either template/image subtraction techniques or optical/near-IR spectroscopy, but our search will not be confined by these skill sets.

Knowledge of Python is required, experience in image processing and analysis and/or machine learning is a plus. The researchers will have access to data from Pan-STARRS, DECam, ATLAS, Gemini, Magellan, HST, Kepler, TESS, SDSS-V, ZTF-II, SEDMv2, Swift, and JWST. The successful applicant will benefit from career mentoring programs and close interactions with STScI and JHU research staff, as well as a stimulating work environment rich in colloquia, journal clubs, symposia, and learning opportunities related to the missions and research supported by STScI and JHU.

Proposed starting date is between March and September 2022. 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.

Please submit your application through: stsci.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/64651

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The completed application will consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, and a two-page statement of research interests. 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.

All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered; incomplete information will not be reviewed. Applications may be reviewed prior to closing, and applications completed by Jan 31, 2022 will receive full consideration. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Armin Rest by email arest@stsci.edu​.

Questions regarding the application process can be sent directly to careers@stsci.edu​.

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.

As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, STScI does not discriminate because of race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, or mental or physical handicap. Veterans, disabled or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process can contact us at careers@stsci.edu.

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Last updated: 2021-11-25