The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) welcomes applications from outstanding astronomers for one or more openings in the coming year. We are seeking candidates with an exceptional research record in any field of observational or theoretical astronomy and planetary science, including those with a focus on instrumentation and computation. We encourage applications from researchers with a background in UV, optical or IR spectroscopy, including integral field spectroscopy. Appointments can be made on either the tenure-track or the scientist-track, and at junior or senior levels. Tenure-track astronomers spend 50% of their time on personal research and 50% in support of the science operations mission of the Institute, whereas scientist-track astronomers spend up to 80% of their time in support of science operations and 20% on independent research. Scientist track astronomers have the option of buying back up to an additional 30% of their time for independent research using external funding.
As a NASA astronomy science center, STScI’s primary task is maximizing the scientific return of the missions that it supports for the user community. STScI is the science operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and will perform the same role for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Research staff members at STScI play a crucial role in that process, working in key areas including instrument and archive development and support, user support, and observation planning and scheduling. They help formulate the strategic goals of the Institute and collaborate with the community on concept and design studies for future NASA missions.
STScI science staff members are expected to maintain an active research program. Astronomer track appointments are tenure-track, with the balance between functional support work and independent research equivalent to the balance between teaching and research in a research university tenure-track position. Scientist track appointments are focused more heavily on mission support, and are held by personnel who have the essential technical and scientific skills required to run a modern observatory and who also carry out independent research-related activities. STScI values intellectual creativity across a broad spectrum, including scientific discovery, innovative instrumental development, collaborative research and inter-disciplinary ventures.
STScI maintains a stimulating and diverse research environment. Over 100 researchers, including scientist and tenure-track astronomers, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students conduct research over a broad range of astrophysical topics. The diverse research themes at the Institute include star and planet formation, stellar evolution, the interstellar medium, galaxy formation and evolution, and cosmology. STScI also has close connections with the John Hopkins University Physics and Astronomy Department, is a partner in both the Pan-STARRS and LSST consortia, supports a number of annual workshops and meetings (including the annual May Symposium), has a large and very successful office of public outreach, and has an excellent computer, technical, and library infrastructure.
Candidates for these positions must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in astronomy, physics, or planetary science, and have postdoctoral experience demonstrating a distinguished record of independent research or technical innovation. Salaries and benefits are commensurate with those of AURA member universities.
Applicants should submit the following materials in pdf format: a letter of application, a curriculum vitae and bibliography, and a 2-3 page summary of current and future research interests, including a description of technical skills. Applicants should also submit the names of three individuals who will write letters of reference on your behalf.
Applicants should follow the instructions given on https://fellows.stsci.edu/Apptool/SciRecruit/pre_app.php for uploading their materials. The web interface will be activated on September 16, 2013. Applications received by Monday, November 11, 2013 will receive full consideration. Letters of reference will be requested by STScI upon receipt of a complete application and are due no later than Monday, November 25, 2013. Applicants are encouraged to contact their letter writers separately, since applications will be given full consideration only when all reference letters have been received.
STScI Hiring Practices:
Voted one of the Top 25 Places to Work in Maryland by Baltimore Magazine 2012! 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.
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