Staff Scientist Opportunities

Job Summary

Science Engineering
Space Telescope Science Institute
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

Share in the thrill of space exploration and join our team! The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has openings for several technical appointments at senior levels in the Instruments Division to work on the Hubble and James Webb missions. Our world-class astronomical research center is based on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus in Baltimore, Maryland. We offer an excellent and generous benefits package, tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedules and a stimulating and diverse work environment. This position can support hybrid work- combination of working from home and on-site. Candidates must reside in or be willing to relocate to our local market. (MD, DE, VA, PA, DC & WV).

This is a phenomenal opportunity for a stable long-term career in astronomy with an established technical career path and advancement potential. Candidates hired into these positions do not have contractual research time but may have the option to buy back up to a fraction of their time as per Institute policy to pursue independent grant-funded research. Opportunities exist for becoming involved in ground breaking astronomical research by working on projects with our world-renowned research staff. Visit our website to learn more about our missions.

Who are we looking for?

You are a team player who is self-motivated, and eager to learn, requiring only minimal supervision. You have a demonstrated record of individual accomplishments in astronomical data analysis. You are eager to support all phases of instrument calibration, and the collection, reduction, organization, analysis and interpretation of astronomical data to optimize their associated scientific return. You want to contribute to state of the art astronomy, including user community support, in a work environment that respects and relies upon the diversity of its staff. You demonstrate versatility, organization, and analytical problem-solving skills. You have an intermediate to high level of python programming experience in a scientific environment, including Jupyter notebooks, astropy, common visualization tools and Github. You are able to lead and supervise others in a team/project environment, and to establish connections between teams in the best interest of the project at hand. You are able to manage outcomes on multiple varied assignments simultaneously. You have excellent verbal and written communication skills and experience with technical writing and documentation.

You have a degree in astronomy, physics, astrophysics, planetary science, mathematics, aerospace engineering, or a related field. These positions are open to individuals with varying levels of education but require 5+ years of experience. Degrees up to and including a PhD will be considered. Salary will be commensurate with your education and experience.

When applying, please refer to the following specifics and identify a team (or teams) that your experience may be most relevant for. Selecting an area is not required and does not preclude being considered for an interview.

1. Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on Hubble

Experience is required in one or more of: precision astrometry and/or geometric distortion-fitting, imaging detector point-spread-function measurement and modeling, advanced data-science methods such as machine learning and/or cloud computing. Firsthand experience with ACS data and the ACS image reduction pipeline is desirable.

2. Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) on Hubble

Prior experience in carrying out astronomical data analyses, preferably imaging, direct involvement in calibrating CCD and/or IR data is required. Firsthand experience with machine learning and/or cloud computing and experience with WFC3 data is desirable.

3. Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) on Hubble

Experience with spectroscopic data analysis is required. Firsthand experience with COS data, data reduction pipelines, or UV detectors is desirable.

4. Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) on JWST

Experience/Background in transiting exoplanet science or time series data analysis, expertise in developing tools and methods to treat time series observations data, and experience working with unprocessed optical/IR astronomical data is required. Experience with Mid-IR data and spectroscopic data analysis is desired.

Share your experience by uploading a cover letter as well as a resume or CV with details of relevant technical skills or experience, the instrument branches you wish to be considered for, and the contact information of three people who have agreed to provide a letter of reference upon request. Applications received by November 28, 2022 will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered until the position is filled.

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Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
$70,000USD to $85,000USD
Included Benefits

Robust and Competitive Benefit Programs


Application Details

Publication Start Date
2022 Oct 22
Application Deadline
2022 Nov 28
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