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Requisition Number 16-0232
Post Date 8/29/2016
Title Archive Analyst
City Baltimore
State MD
Description The Space Telescope Science Institute, located on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, is seeking an Archive Analyst for our Operations and Engineering Division, Archive Sciences Branch. Come join the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) team. MAST is looking for an Archive Analyst to provide scientific, technical and computational expertise to enhance the MAST Archive including support of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) holdings.

The Archive Analyst interacts with science product users, data providers, software developers, test engineers and IT administrators to define new processes, tools, and enhanced products. They provide direct support and advice to archive users in the effective use, search, and retrieval of data. They monitor and ensure consistency checking for the archive and associated catalogs and provide appropriate reports.

The role of the successful candidate will primarily be to support and participate in planning, definition, implementation, and continued support of processes, procedures and tools for the JWST archive.

Requirements A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Astronomy, Physics or related field is required. Experience supporting astronomical research or observatory support function is a plus. The starting position and salary are commensurate with education and experience.

Familiarity with three or more of the following is required:

• Astronomy tools and packages (e.g. AstroPy, PyRAF/STSDAS, Astrodrizzle)
• Relevant software programming languages (e.g. Python, IDL)
• Databases, SQL
• Astronomical data (including images, spectra, catalogs, models, simulations)
• Identification and collection of astronomical meta-data
• Web page creation and maintenance
• Procedure writing and maintenance

Substitution of additional relevant education or experience for stated qualifications may be considered.

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

STScI offers an excellent benefits package, tuition reimbursement, competitive salaries, and a stimulating environment. 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 and attach a resume in the "Resume Upload Section." Please include job # 16-0232 in the filename.

AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at

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STScI sees the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in our desire to create a first-rate scientific community. We reflect that deep commitment in strongly encouraging women, minorities, veterans and disabled individuals to apply for these opportunities.

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