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Requisition Number 17-0248
Post Date 11/15/2017
Title Archive Scientist
City Baltimore
State MD
Description Come join the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) team with The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), located on the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. STScI offers an excellent benefits package, tuition reimbursement, competitive salaries, and a stimulating work environment. MAST is seeking two (2) Archive Scientists to provide scientific, technical and computational expertise to support Hubble Space Telescope (HST) archive users and to improve the MAST Archive.

The successful candidates will support archive projects to enhance the scientific utilization of HST and MAST data and meta-data through existing and future datamining techniques and science domain interfaces. The successful candidates will provide user support and expertise for HST archive users.

Requirements Familiarity and experience with one or more of the following are desired:
- HST instrumentation and data calibration and processing
- Procedure writing and maintenance
- Analysis and understanding of mission requirements
- Relevant software and programming languages (e.g. Python, IDL)
- Experience using ground- or space based astronomical archive for research

This position requires a PhD in Astronomy, Physics, or a related field. Candidates should have 5 or more years of experience working with astronomical data (images or spectra), catalogs, space-based observing, and/or astronomical data analysis. The starting position and salary are commensurate with education and experience.

The ideal candidate will possess strong verbal and written communication skills, work with minimum supervision, be self-motivated, and interact well with colleagues and outside groups.

This position requires US Citizenship or Permanent Residence to meet ITAR requirements.

This position includes the option to buy back up to 50% of your FTE for personal research through the use of any approved external funding or grants you may receive.

TO APPLY: Interested candidates are requested to complete an on-line application through our website at or the “Apply Online” link at the bottom of this posting. Please provide a cover letter and resume in the "Resume Upload Section." Please include job #17-0248 in the filename. Applications received by December 15, 2017 will receive full consideration.
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