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Requisition Number 16-0224
Post Date 1/9/2017
Title Scientist
City Baltimore
State MD

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) welcomes applications for one or more scientist-track openings in the coming year to provide operational and developmental support for HST, JWST, WFIRST and archives (MAST). Scientist-track research staff typically spend 80% of their time in support of the science operations mission of the Institute and 20% on personal research. With grant support, they can increase their research fraction up to 50%.

Candidates for scientist-track positions must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in astronomy, planetary science, or a related field. We are seeking candidates with interest or experience in space- or ground-based astronomical observations, observatory systems, astronomical instrumentation, and archives. Researchers experienced with theoretical, computational or data analysis techniques are also encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must be able to cultivate working relationships and communicate effectively within cross-disciplinary teams that spread across multiple partners in our missions.

STScI occupies multiple sites surrounding the campus of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, MD. It maintains excellent computer, technical, and library infrastructure. STScI has close connections with the JHU Physics and Astronomy Department. It is a partner in both the Pan-STARRS and LSST consortia. It supports the archives for Kepler and will support them for TESS. STScI has a research staff mentoring program and many annual training programs.

The diverse research environment of STScI stimulates and supports an international research staff with over 100 members. Their research areas include instrumentation, theory, computational simulations, star and planet formation, stellar evolution, the interstellar medium, stellar populations, galaxy formation and evolution, and cosmology. Research projects often include other research staff, postdoctoral researchers, research instrument analysts and JHU graduate students. The research staff lead a number of annual workshops and large meetings. They participate in the activities of the very successful office of public outreach. Research-staff members at STScI help formulate the strategic goals of the Institute.



Applicants should submit the following materials in a single pdf file: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and bibliography, and a 2-3 page summary of current and future research interests, including a description of technical skills.

Applicants should also submit the names of three individuals and ask them to who will write letters of reference on their behalf.

STScI applicant portal will be activated on September 1, 2016. Applications received by Monday, October 31, 2016 will receive full consideration. Letters of reference will be requested by STScI upon receipt of a complete application and are due no later than Friday, November 11, 2016.

Applicants are encouraged to contact their letter writers separately, since applications will be given full consideration only when all reference letters have been received.

The diversity of the STScI staff enhances the vibrant and collegial atmosphere of our scientific community, and reflects our commitment to inclusivity in the broadest sense. Accordingly, women, minorities, veterans, and disabled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply for these positions.

As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, STScI does not discriminate because of race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, or mental or physical handicap. Veterans, disabled or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process can contact us at

Salaries and benefits are commensurate with those of AURA member universities.  Included Benefits: -Medical, dental, prescription, and vision -Vacation: Up to 5 weeks of paid vacation a year -Sick Leave: Up to 12 sick days a year -Paid Holidays: 7 regular holidays and 3 personal holidays -Employer-sponsored Retirement Plan: direct company contribution -Employee Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan -Flexible Work Schedules -Telecommuting Options Available -Free Parking -Flexible Spending Accounts -Employee Assistance Program -Company-paid Life, Short-term Disability, and Long-term Disability



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