Johns Hopkins University, Physics and Astronomy

Position ID:JHU-Physics-POSTDOC1 [#12254]
Position Title: Interstellar and Circumgalactic Medium Postdoctoral Researcher
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Baltimore, Maryland 21218, United States [map]
Subject Area: Astronomy
Appl Deadline:2019/01/15 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2018/11/01, finished 2019/04/17, listed until 2019/01/15)
Position Description:    

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Interstellar and Circumgalactic Medium Postdoctoral Researcher The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a postdoctoral research position. The successful applicant will work with Dr. Joshua Peek on studies of interstellar and circumgalactic dust and gas in the Milky Way and local group Galaxies. In addition to pursuing your own research interests, there are a number of potential specific projects. One project would be the exploration of the dynamics of molecular cloud formation and destruction, either through spectroscopic absorption line work (archival and/or new MOS observations) or through simulations. Another would be using archival data to disentangle magnetic effects in the disk in three dimensions. Further afield, we wish to use archival absorption lines and reddening estimates of background galaxies to study gas and dust at high galactic latitude, in the disk-halo interface, and in the circumgalactic media of intervening galaxies. Finally, there are a number of projects using neural networks to infer information about the structure of the ISM. Dr. Peek is heavily involved in the ISM ( and Low Density Universe groups at Space Telescope Science Institute, where there are many postdoctoral researchers and investigators to work with. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science, or related fields at the start of the post-doctoral researcher position. Research experience in the areas of interstellar dust, molecular clouds, hydrodynamic simulations, high resolution spectroscopy, large astronomical data sets, or ISM structure is desirable. Expertise in numerical methods, statistics, and software, is a plus. If you are unsure whether this is you, please apply! The position is for two years, with a possible renewal for a third year. The nominal start date is summer/fall 2019 but other start dates are possible. The Johns Hopkins University is in Baltimore, Maryland, and has deep ongoing interactions with the Space Telescope Science Institute. The Johns Hopkins University offers an excellent benefit package, competitive salaries, and a stimulating work environment. Pay is commensurate to the year of Ph.D. Applicants are requested to complete an online application through and attach the following materials: curriculum vitae, list of publications, and a statement of research interests, accomplishments, and relevant technical expertise not to exceed three pages. Applicants should arrange for three reference letters to be sent to Joshua Peek ( Completed applications, including the letters, received by Jan 15, 2019 are assured full consideration. Questions may be directed to Joshua Peek

The Johns Hopkins University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

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