Post-Doctoral Research in Transiting Exoplanet Studies-#02958

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Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Space Telescope Science Institute
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Job Description

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher position to work with Dr. Kevin Stevenson and collaborators, including Drs. Jeff Valenti, Hannah Wakeford, and David Sing, on observational studies and atmospheric characterization of transiting exoplanets. This research will include data reduction, analysis, and interpretation of near-infrared (NIR) observations with the Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes. Part of the time will be available for observation planning and support for the James Webb Space Telescope, independent research, and/or new projects in related areas. The nominal start date is Spring/Summer 2019. The initial appointment is for two years, with possible renewals subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Located on Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, Maryland, STScI offers an excellent benefit package, competitive salaries, and a stimulating work environment.  As the science home of current and future NASA missions, STScI offers an active meeting and workshop schedule for a large community of scientists.  Postdocs also have full access to STScI’s postdoctoral career mentoring program.  STScI’s pay is commensurate to the year of Ph.D and is consistent with other postdoc positions.

Please direct any questions about the position to [email protected].

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 in desirable:

Optical/NIR photometry and spectroscopy;

Reduction and analysis of time-series data; and

Observation planning with space-based observatories.

Applicants should also be willing to pursue new projects, learn new skills, and work independently to bring these projects to fruition. 

Prospective applicants should complete an on-line application through:

The following materials are requested in a single PDF file: a brief cover letter detailing your research interests and relevant technical expertise, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a summary of previous and current research (limited to 3 pages). Complete applications received by December 7, 2018, will receive full consideration. Also, applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be submitted by December 14, 2018 via the on-line application system.

Candidates will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Technical expertise and synergistic research interests with STScI collaborators (30%)

Accomplishments, publications, and impact (30%)

Research statement (20%)

Letters of reference (20%)

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

STScI sees the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in our desire to build a first-rate scientific community. We reflect that deep dedication 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 [email protected].

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Application Details

Publication Start Date
2018 Oct 20
Application Deadline
2018 Dec 07
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