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STScI Postdoctoral Fellowship
Space Telescope Science Institute in the Baltimore, Maryland
Date Posted 08/27/2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Space Telescope Science Institute invites applications for several STScI Postdoctoral Fellowships to start in 2021.

The goal of STScI Postdoctoral Fellowships is to offer passionate and self-motivated early-career scientists the opportunity to further develop their independent research programs while at the same time gaining valuable insight into the operation and support of major NASA facilities, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, and the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes. The fellowship positions are for a period of up to 4 years. Successful applicants will spend 50% of their time in support of the science operations mission of the Institute and 50% on personal research.

The fellowship includes an annual salary of approximately $68,500, generous benefits, including some support for relocation, and $8,000 per year to cover research expenses. The duration of each fellowship is up to four years: an initial one-year appointment and three annual renewals contingent on satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. Fellows are resident at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.

The program is open to applicants who have received their PhD in astronomy, physics or a related field before November 1, 2020. All research areas in astronomy or planetary science will be considered. We are seeking candidates with interest or experience in space- or ground-based astronomical observations, observatory systems, astronomical instrumentation, and archives. Researchers experienced with theoretical, computational or data analysis techniques that could be applied to support observatory science are also encouraged to apply. The selection will be based on the accomplishments and proposed research of the applicants, and on their potential match against STScI’s functional requirements.

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 ( 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.

Questions about this opportunity should be sent to

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),
4) a statement of technical skills and interests relevant to supporting STScI missions (maximum 1 page).

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 an STScI Postdoctoral Fellowship at STScI will support their scientific development and career goals.

ONLY use the below link to apply:

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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 these positions.

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

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;
  • Employee Assistance Program;
  • Company-paid Life, Short-term Disability, and Long-term Disability.
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