Employment Opportunities

Postdoctoral Position in Observational and/or Theoretical Astrophysics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Johns Hopkins University invites applications for multiple postdoctoral appointments in observational and/or theoretical astrophysics. Specifically, positions will be available to work with:

Nadia Zakamska, on projects in extragalactic astronomy, including but not limited to: active galaxies and quasars, their feedback, integral field unit galaxy surveys at low and high redshifts, and development of analysis tools for an approved Early Data Release James Webb Space Telescope program covering these scientific topics.

Julian Krolik, on numerical simulation of relativistic accretion and its associated radiation and jets: merging neutron stars, binary supermassive black holes, tidal disruptions, etc.

Kevin Schlaufman, on joint kinematics and high-resolution abundance analyses of extremely metal-poor stars in the bulge and halo, explorations of the star-planet connection using data from TESS and Gaia, or other outstanding opportunities in exoplanets, planet formation, metal-poor stars, or Milky Way formation.

Johns Hopkins University is involved in SDSS IV, Pan-STARRS, the Subaru PFS Survey, WFIRST, Euclid, and LSST. The Center for Astrophysical Sciences benefits from close interactions with the adjacent Space Telescope Science Institute and has a lively group of postdoctoral fellows who are actively involved in the life of the department.

Applications should be submitted at academicjobsonline.org and consist of a cover letter indicating interest in one or more of the positions listed above, CV, publication list, statement of past research (3 pages) and research plans (3 pages). Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference submitted through academicjobsoline.org by December 1, 2018. Applicants should have a Ph.D. before the anticipated start date (September 1, 2019).

https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12217

JHU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.


Davis Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astrophysics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Johns Hopkins University invites applications for the Davis Postdoctoral Fellowship in all areas of Astrophysics.

JHU Astrophysics faculty with whom the successful applicants may collaborate include: Charles Bennett (experimental and observational cosmology), Emanuele Berti (gravitational physics and astrophysics), Timothy Heckman (active galaxies and quasars), Marc Kamionkowski (theoretical cosmology), Julian Krolik (theoretical high-energy astrophysics), Tobias Marriage (cosmic microwave background), Brice Menard (observational cosmology and surveys), David Neufeld (molecular astrophysics and interstellar medium), Colin Norman (theoretical and observational astrophysics), Adam Riess (physical cosmology), Kevin Schlaufman (exoplanets, planet formation, metal-poor stars, and Milky Way formation), David Sing (exoplanets and their atmospheres), Alexander Szalay (galaxy formation and surveys), Rosemary Wyse (galaxy evolution), Nadia Zakamska (Galactic and extragalactic astronomy), as well as nearly 40 research faculty, scientists and postdoctoral scholars. Furthermore, the department benefits from close interactions with the adjacent Space Telescope Science Institute. Johns Hopkins University is a member of SDSS IV, ACT, ACTPol and PIPER, Subaru Prime Focus Spectrograph, Euclid, LSST, and WFIRST, and is home to the Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor team.

We seek intellectually ambitious candidates with initiative and the demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently. Applications should be submitted by December 1, 2018 at academicjobsonline.org and consist of curriculum vitae, publication list and a description of past research (limit 3 pages) and future plans (limit 3 pages). Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference submitted through academicjobsoline.org. Applicants should have a PhD before the anticipated start date (September 1, 2019). Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance, for a total of up to three years. The Fellowship offers a competitive salary and benefits.
Applications should be submitted to AcademicJobsOnline, at:

https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12199

JHU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.


Particle Theory Postdoctoral Position

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a postdoctoral research position beginning September 2019 in string theory, supergravity, gravitational physics, quantum field theory and/or related areas. The successful applicant will work with Professor’s Ibrahima Bah, David Kaplan, and Jared Kaplan and with other postdocs and students in the group. The Particle Theory group also includes Professors Marc Kamionkowski and Emanuele Berti who work on cosmology and gravitational waves. A Ph.D. in physics is required.

Applications should consist of a CV, list of publications, summary of research interests, and three letters of recommendation, submitted to

AcademicJobsOnline, at:
https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12171

Applications will be due December 1st, 2018.

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


Postdoctoral positions in Particle-Astrophysics/Cosmology/Gravitational-Wave Theory

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for one or more postdoctoral research positions beginning September 2019 (or possibly earlier) in theoretical cosmology, particle/nuclear/gravitational-wave astrophysics, numerical relativity and/or related areas. The successful applicant(s) will work with Prof. Emanuele Berti and Prof. Marc Kamionkowski, and with other postdocs and students in their groups. There will be opportunities for collaboration with other faculty, their students and postdocs. There are also opportunities to work with scientists at the Space Telescope Science Institute. A Ph.D. in physics or astronomy is required.

Applications should consist of a CV, list of publications, summary of research interests, and three letters of recommendation, submitted to AcademicJobsOnline, at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11923

Applications will be due December 1st, 2018.

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


Assistant Research Scientist in Exoplanet Atmospheres

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for an Assistant Research Scientist in exoplanet atmospheres, available immediately. The successful applicant will work with Prof. David Sing and with other postdocs and students in the group. There will be opportunities for collaboration with other postdocs, students, and other faculty. There are also opportunities to work with scientists at the Space Telescope Science Institute and with collaborators at other institutions. A Ph.D. in physics or astronomy is required, and prior experience with optical and infrared Hubble Space Telescope transit spectroscopy and ground-based multi-object spectroscopy is highly desired.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and they will be considered until July 31st, 2018 or until the position is filled. Johns Hopkins is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement
  • Publication List
  • Contact information for Three References

Further Info:

https://physics-astronomy.jhu.edu/

David Sing (dsing@jhu.edu)

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Postdoctoral Position in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in experimental condensed matter physics at Johns Hopkins University. The research subjects include spintronics in ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic materials, heterostructures, magnetic tunnel junctions, spin orbit torque, as well as unconventional superconductivity, especially triplet superconductors. Experience in thin film fabrication, characterization, patterning, and measurements are highly desirable. Interested candidates should send CVs and the names of three references to C. L. Chien at clchien@jhu.edu.

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Theoretical Condensed Matter Faculty Position

The Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Johns Hopkins University expects to fill a tenure-track or tenured faculty position in theoretical condensed matter physics, broadly defined and including hard and soft matter and biological physics. This is an open-rank search, and candidates will be considered for appointment both at the assistant professor level and at higher ranks, as appropriate. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active research program and to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and short description of research plans via Interfolio to http://apply.interfolio.com/46836 . Applicants who wish to be considered at the level of assistant professor should have three letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf to the same address. If you have questions concerning Interfolio, please call (887) 997-8807 or email help@interfolio.com. You may also contact Pam Carmen at (410) 516-7346 or pcarmen1@jhu.edu.

Consideration of applications will begin on January 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Johns Hopkins University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Consistent with the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant. The Department of Physics and Astronomy in particular is committed to hiring candidates who, through their research, teaching and/or service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.


Theoretical Physics Faculty Positions

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University expects to fill at least one tenure-track or tenured faculty position in theoretical particle physics, mathematical physics, cosmology, particle astrophysics, or gravitational physics, broadly construed. Preference will be given to candidates for junior-faculty positions, but candidates for tenured appointments will be considered in exceptional circumstances. The successful candidates will be expected to maintain active research programs and to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and short description of research plans via Interfolio to http://apply.interfolio.com/46795 . Applicants who wish to be considered at the level of assistant professor should have three letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf to the same address. If you have questions concerning Interfolio, please call (877) 997-8807 or email help@interfolio.com. You may also contact Pam Carmen at (410) 516-7346 or pcarmen1@jhu.edu

Consideration of applications will begin on December 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Johns Hopkins University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and, other protected group members. Consistent with the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant.


Postdoctoral Position in Fusion Plasma Transport Research and Soft X-ray Diagnostic Development

The Plasma Spectroscopy/Diagnostic Group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a Post-doctoral Scientist position in the area of fusion plasma transport research and soft X-ray diagnostic development. The research will take place at the National Spherical Torus Experiment Upgrade (NSTX- U) in Princeton, NJ. This is a full-time position with the work mainly being carried out at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, where the postdoctoral fellow will be based. Candidates for this position should generally be within three years of completion of their Ph.D., and must demonstrate strong research ability. Candidates are expected to work well in a team setting, and to communicate research results with publications and presentations at scientific conferences.

Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in plasma physics or a related field, and experience with computer environments and programming languages; especially Python, IDL, FORTRAN, UNIX/Linux and Windows operating systems.

Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with experimental magnetic fusion research and direct application/comparison of experiment to theory; knowledge of tokamak transport analyses including impurity transport codes; familiarity with ADAS spectral emission codes; experience with developing/building plasma diagnostic instrumentation, especially soft X-ray diode or camera-based imaging systems.

Interested applicants should send CVs to Dr. Kevin Tritz ktritz@pppl.gov. The names of three references should also be provided. In person interviews can be scheduled for the 2016 APP-DPP meeting in San Jose, CA.

JHU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.


Assistant Research Scientist – Big Data Infrastructure

We are seeking a postdoctoral research scientist with a strong background in scientific software development to be a member of the Johns Hopkins University, Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) research and development project teams. The ideal candidate must have the vision and creativity to find innovative solutions to the Big Data challenges that these projects entail, as well as the rigor and experience to develop high-quality application software to address these challenges.

The selected candidate will be responsible for the design, development, testing and deployment of the suite of scientific software applications developed in the JHU Physics and Astronomy department. They will act as the technical lead on the projects they work on, in particular the NSF funded SciServer project, which aims to build a long term flexible, reusable and scalable framework to access to the enormous data sets in fields ranging from observational astronomy (the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to the Large Synoptic Survey telescope) and genomics to the simulation data generated by the largest scale simulations in astronomy, mechanical engineering and fluid dynamics (e.g., turbulence), materials science and brain science.

They will be a technical contributor to the design of the SciServer architecture over the next 2 years duration of the project, working with existing team members and collaborators. Duties will include programming primarily in Java and C#.NET, developing core system components, web applications, database applications, and data management infrastructure; defining and maintaining an appropriate development and testing environment for the project; documenting software components for both developers and users, developing test plans for the system, executing the plans and live system deployment; and deploying applications to our live environment.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in a scientific or related field (e.g., Astronomy, Physics, Math), with 1-3 years related experience in scientific software development, preferably software engineering. Relevant experience may substitute for a degree. Additional related education and/or demonstrated knowledge, ability and skills to perform the work described may substitute for experience. Required skills for this position include proficiency in at least one major object-oriented programming language like Java, C++ or C#; Web application development on Windows and Linux; Web services development on Windows and Linux; working knowledge of SQL and relational database management systems (RDBMS); database application programming. Desired Skills/Experience include experience with web services development in ASP.NET and Java; experience in developing scientific applications with Python; experience with large databases; experience with scientific data; knowledge of N-Tiered Enterprise Architectures; knowledge of SOA; knowledge of formal software development environments, and knowledge of full software lifecycle processes (waterfall, iterative, agile); and knowledge of formal change control and baseline release management.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, and names of three references to: Ani Thakar and Niashia Jones.

The position will remain open until filled, but applications received by June 30, 2017 will be given priority.

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Postdoctoral Position in Experimental Soft Matter

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in experimental soft matter at Johns Hopkins University. The planned research will combine tabletop experiments and advanced x-ray scattering techniques to explore relationships among microstructure, dynamics, and rheology in out-of-equilibrium and active materials. The successful candidate will work collaboratively between the Leheny and Reich groups at Johns Hopkins and will have the opportunity to conduct research at Argonne and Brookhaven National Laboratories. The position is available immediately. Interested candidates should send their CVs and the names of three references to Robert Leheny at leheny@jhu.edu.

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


Postdoctoral researcher in the field of High Energy Density Physics

The Johns Hopkins University Plasma Group is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in the field of High Energy Density Physics (HEDP). The work will focus mainly on research and development of X-ray refraction-based imaging diagnostics and techniques. These techniques will characterize macroscopic electron density gradients, and through X-ray scatter microscopic gradients, in HEDP experiments. The development and testing of the refraction-based imaging diagnostics will take place at Johns Hopkins University. The diagnostics will be deployed and tested off-site: ICF-relevant experiments will be performed at University of Rochester – Laboratory for Laser Energetics, while Warm Dense Matter experiments will be performed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

A PhD in Plasma Physics or a closely related field is required. We welcome applications from candidates with experience in both experimental and computational plasma physics as well as candidates with experience in X-ray diagnostics, instrumentation, and optics.

The postdoctoral researcher position is a one year position, which can be extended for up to three years provided funding is available. All qualified applicants must submit a Curriculum Vitae including a list of relevant publications to dstutma1@jhu.edu.

For more information about The Johns Hopkins University Plasma Group research areas, please visit http://sites.krieger.jhu.edu/plasmagroup/research/

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