Astronomy and Space Science, Physics: Space, Physics: Spectroscopy
The Space Telescope Science Institute invites applications for a Lasker Data Science Fellowship to start in 2021.
The Barry M. Lasker Data Science Postdoctoral Fellowship is an STScI-funded program designed to provide up to 3 years of support for passionate and self-motivated postdoctoral researchers working on innovative astronomical studies involving the use or creation of one or more of the following: large astronomical databases, massive data processing, data visualization and discovery tools, and machine-learning algorithms. Lasker Data Science Fellowship recipients are encouraged to explore interdisciplinary approaches to addressing the opportunities provided in the “Big Data” era of astronomy and to take significant advantage of the archived datasets held (or planned for ingest) at STScI, including HST, GALEX, Kepler/K2, PanSTARRS, TESS, JWST, and Roman.
The fellowship includes an annual salary of approximately $68,550, generous benefits, including some support for relocation, and $16,000 per year to cover research expenses. The duration of each fellowship is up to three years: an initial one-year appointment and two annual renewals contingent on satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. Fellows are resident at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.
Applicants are expected to hold a PhD in astronomy, physics or a related field at the time of arrival, but there are no further restrictions on the date of PhD degree. All research areas in astronomy or planetary science will be considered, both theoretical and observational, as long as the research program has a Data Science focus. The selection will be based on the accomplishments and proposed research of the applicants.
STScI occupies multiple sites surrounding the campus of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, MD. It maintains close connections with the JHU Physics and Astronomy Department and is a partner in the Pan-STARRS, LSST and SDSS V consortia. STScI values diversity and has mentoring programs and access to annual training programs. The research environment engages, stimulates and supports a diverse international research staff with over 100 members. Research projects (http://www.stsci.edu/stsci-research) span a wide range of topics and include extensive collaborations with researchers from other institutions. Researchers lead the organization of annual workshops and symposia, and participate in the activities of the very successful office of public outreach. Functionally, research staff members support the wider community through calibration and characterization of current and upcoming instrumentation, development of tools for analyses of archival holdings, and overall mission planning.
Applicants should submit the following materials in a single pdf file: 1) a cover letter (maximum 2 pages), 2) a curriculum vitae and list of publications, 3) a research statement describing past, current and proposed research (maximum 4 pages).
Applicants should also submit the names of three individuals who can provide letters of reference on their behalf. Strong applications will address why the applicant wishes to work at STScI, highlight synergies with STScI’s goals, missions, research, and staff, and explain how holding a Lasker Fellowship at STScI will support their scientific development and career goals.
The STScI on-line application portal will be activated on Monday, August 31, 2020. Applications received by Monday October 26, 2020 11:59pm will receive full consideration. Letters of reference will be requested upon receipt of a complete application and are due no later than Friday, October 30, 2020. Applicants should contact their letter writers separately, since applications will be given full consideration only when all references have been received.
Candidates will be notified of the results of the selection process by late January 2021. Fellowships will begin in the second half of 2021.
The diversity of the STScI staff enhances the dynamic and collegial atmosphere of our scientific community, and reflects our commitment to inclusivity in the broadest sense. Accordingly, women, minorities, veterans, and disabled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salaries and benefits are commensurate with those of AURA member universities. Included Benefits: • Medical, dental, prescription, and vision; • Vacation: Up to 5 weeks of paid vacation a year; • Sick Leave: Up to 12 sick days a year; • Paid Holidays: 7 regular holidays and 3 personal holidays; • Employer-sponsored Retirement Plan: direct company contribution; • Employee Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan; • Flexible Work Schedules; • Telecommuting Options Available; • Free Parking; Flexible Spending Accounts; • Relocation Assistance
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: $68,550, generous benefits, including some support for relocation, and $16,000 per year to cover research expenses.
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About Space Telescope Science Institute
The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), is a multi-mission science operations center for NASA’s flagship observatories. Our world-class astronomical research center is based on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus in Baltimore, Maryland.
Established in 1981, STScI has overseen the Hubble Space Telescope’s science program since 1990 and will expand to include the James Webb Space Telescope, planned to launch in 2021. Our staff is also developing major science operations for the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, which is set to launch in the mid-2020s. Learn more about each mission.
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