Astrophysics Seminar: Dr. Molly Peeples & Dr. Marshall Perrin, STScI


Location: 184 Nieuwland Science Hall (View on map )

Q&A: The Multitude of Career Options at the Space Telescope Science Institute

Dr. Molly Peeples & Dr. Marshall Perrin (STScI)

Ever wonder what it's like to work at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore? What is the difference between the confusing titles for their positions: astronomer, scientist, research assistant, ESA astronomer? Do they employ computational astronomers or theorists?  What of instrumentalists? What do they look for in applicants? Do they even have office space for their staff (not as funny a question as you may think!)?

Join us for a Q&A with Drs. Peeples and Perrin of STScI. Aimed principally at graduate students and postdoc, Peeples and Perrin will give short overviews of their work at STScI and take questions from the audience about working at the Institute, about navigating the types of jobs advertised at STScI, and generally about being on the job market in astronomy. Dr. Peeples is a theoretical / computational astronomer who joined the Institute in 2014. Dr. Perrin is an expert in instrumentation for exoplanet studies who was heavily involved in the commissioning of JWST; he joined the Institute in 2010.  They will rely on their decade-long experience as astronomers at the Institute to address your questions about STScI, academic career tracks outside of the University, and astronomy jobs in general.