Space Telescope Science Institute

Postdoctoral Research in Galaxy UV Legacy Project (GULP)- #0002897

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position to work with Dr. Elena Sabbi and collaborators, Drs. Antonella Nota, Peter Zeidler, Linda Smith, and Luciana Bianchi, on observational studies of the UV properties of 27 nearby star-forming galaxies. This research will include interpretation of UV and optical observations with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) and the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to investigate the upper initial mass function and its dependence on metallicity and environment, understand the role of stellar feedback in determining the evolution of starbursts and star-forming galaxies. GULP will provide a unique basis for calibrating modern massive star evolutionary models, and to investigate the upper initial mass function and its dependence on metallicity and environment, with the ultimate goal of linking the properties of massive stars from their birth to their demise as supernovae. 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 2022, but other dates are negotiable. The initial appointment is for two years, with an expected renewal to a 3rd year 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. Expertize in one or more of the following areas is desirable but not required: (a) star formation and stellar evolution; (b) young massive clusters; (c) feedback from stellar populations; (d) evolution of galaxies, and/or (e) big data;. 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 December 17, 2021, 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.

Questions regarding the application process can be sent directly to

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Last updated: 2021-10-17