Space Telescope Science Institute

Science Support Analysts #003013a

Posted: December 15, 2019

  • Full-Time
  • Baltimore, MD 21218, USA


Share in the thrill of space exploration and join our team! The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has openings for Science Support Analysts in our Instruments Division. This is a phenomenal opportunity for you to launch a stable long-term technical career in astronomy. We have openings at several levels, from entry-level to highly experienced, so we welcome you to apply whether you have a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD in relevant fields. Your starting position and salary will be commensurate with your education and experience. With training and promotion, this job can lead you to a number of fulfilling technical career paths at STScI.

As a Science Support Analyst, you will typically work on an instrument team to support the development and operations of one of our flagship missions: the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and the Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST). You will be responsible for reducing and analyzing calibration data for astronomical instruments (e.g. cameras, spectrographs, coronagraphs) to optimize the scientific output of our space telescopes. You will provide user support to our worldwide community of researchers on various aspects of observation planning and data analysis. You can also get involved in ground breaking astronomical research by supporting projects led by our science staff. Such support can involve conducting astronomical observations, calibrating and reducing science data, photometry, spectroscopy, image drizzling, software development, and laboratory work in astronomical instrumentation.

Who are we looking for?

You are dedicated, hardworking, and eager to learn, and can work with minimum supervision. You seek additional training so you can grow professionally. You want to contribute to state of the art astronomy in a work environment that respects and relies upon the diversity of its staff. You demonstrate strong professionalism, versatility, organization, self-motivation, teamwork, and analytical problem-solving skills. You have a Bachelor's, Master’s, or PhD degree in astronomy, physics, astrophysics, planetary science, mathematics, computer science, aerospace engineering, or related fields. You have some experience in one or more of the following areas, or you are eager to take advantage of the training we offer on: astronomical data calibration and reduction (e.g., imaging, spectra, catalogs), scientific instrumentation, optics, astronomical observatory operations, astronomical research, statistical analysis, scientific programming (especially in Python), software engineering, and development of astronomical software packages. US Citizenship or Permanent Residency preferred.

You are invited to apply

The application process will go live on December 16, 2019. Applications received by February 3, 2020 will receive full consideration. You will need to submit the following materials: a cover letter, a CV with details of relevant technical skills or experience, and the names of three people who have agreed to provide a letter of reference upon request. You are invited to complete an on- line application by going to:

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The Space Telescope Science Institute is located on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus in Baltimore. We offer competitive salaries and an overall excellent compensation package, tuition reimbursement, and a stimulating and inclusive work environment. STScI sees the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in our goal to build a top-notch scientific community. We reflect that deep dedication by strongly encouraging women, minorities, veterans and disabled persons to apply for these opportunities.

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Last updated: 2020-01-16