Science Associate at Astrophysics & Space Institute, Schmidt Sciences

Job Summary

Scientific / Technical Staff
Schmidt Sciences
Astrophysics & Space Institute
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)

New York , NY
United States

Crystal City, VA
United States

Job Description

The Astrophysics and Space Institute aims to rapidly expand our knowledge of the universe through the creation of innovative hardware and software platforms. This includes the development of computational tools and frameworks, ground and space-based instrumentation, and the promotion of fresh approaches to technological advancement that develop resources at a fraction of the typical time and cost.

The Role 
Reporting to the Program Scientist, the Science Associate will play a crucial role in managing and enhancing our astrophysics portfolio to maximize its impact on the global scientific community. The Science Associate’s role will include:

  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Assessing the impact of existing scientific programs, grants, and investments, and documenting their outcomes to inform future decision-making.
  • Evidence-Driven Decision-Making: Utilizing evidence and analysis to make informed decisions regarding scientific projects and inquiries, ensuring alignment with organizational objectives.
  • Exploring New Opportunities: Identifying and evaluating new areas of involvement in astrophysics, such as technology development, talent cultivation, and strategies for accelerating scientific discovery.
  • Resource Management: Developing and implementing strategies for providing and managing astronomical resources for the community, including data, software, observing platforms, and computing capabilities.

Requirements: Applicants must

  • Have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent from an accredited university in Astronomy & Astrophysics or a closely related field, preferably with 2+ years of postdoctoral experience in scientific research, analysis, or program management
  • Demonstrated experience in leading or contributing to astrophysical research projects, with a track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Have a values-based, collaborative working style with demonstrated commitment to the highest standards of ethics and confidentiality
  • Be based at the Schmidt Sciences offices in New York or Virginia and be able to travel within the U.S. and internationally on a regular basis as needed following company policy and permitting circumstances.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Type
Compensation Range
$120,000USD to $160,000USD
Compensation Notes

At Schmidt Sciences we are committed to fair, transparent pay and we strive to provide competitive, market-informed compensation. The target salary range for this position is $120,000 to $160,000.  Compensation for the successful candidate will be informed by the candidate’s particular combination of knowledge, skills, competencies and experience.

Application Details

Application Instructions
Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV to the submission website. The position(s) will remain open until filled.

Schmidt Sciences is a philanthropy dedicated to fostering the advancement of science and technology. We approach this by identifying under-supported or unconventional areas of exploration and discovery in order to accelerate and deepen our understanding of the natural world and develop solutions to global issues.

We seek ideas, people, and techniques across disciplines of science and technology to catalyze results for society. Our focus areas include AI and Advanced Computing, Astrophysics and Space, Biosciences, Climate, and Cross-Science programs.

Schmidt Sciences, is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that proudly pursues and hires a diverse workforce. We do not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious belief, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws or prohibited by Company policy. We strive for a healthy and safe workplace and strictly prohibit harassment of any kind.
Publication Start Date
2024 Apr 22
Application Deadline
2024 May 31