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Requisition Number 17-0143
Post Date 7/10/2017
Title Science Operations Analyst
City Baltimore
State MD
Description The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), located on the Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, MD, is the science operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and the science and mission operations center for the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in October, 2018. Take part in work at the forefront of astronomy in a job that offers a competitive salary and generous benefits.

The Science & Mission Scheduling Branch (SMSB) in the Operations and Engineering Division is seeking a Science Operations Analyst to support science scheduling operations for NASA space astronomy missions. Science Operations Analysts execute step-by-step procedures utilizing software applications and tools to ensure the safe operation and most efficient use possible of the assigned science observatory. Science schedulers use a candidate pool to create detailed time lines and build the command loads that execute the science activities on-board the observatory.

Requirements A Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, Astronomy or Mathematics is required. Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or discipline with prior science planning and scheduling experience may also be considered. The starting salary is commensurate to the candidate’s education and experience.

Prior experience or course work associated with space science mission development, planning, scheduling, orbital dynamics, and instrumentation is preferred. However, candidates with no prior practical experience may be considered.

Qualified applicant required experience and knowledge:
• Basic knowledge of physics, astronomy, and orbital mechanics concepts is required
• Knowledge of UNIX operating systems is required
• Working knowledge of a computer scripting language, Python in particular is highly desired

Qualified applicants will also have:
• Ability to work independently and carry through assigned tasks
• Ability to formulate and resolve problems through research and application of standard scientific, mathematical and computation skills and techniques
• Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships, both internally and externally
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills to include technical writing skills
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail and follow-through are essential
• Ability to work in and actively contribute to a team environment

Candidates must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident. ITAR clearance is required.

Interested candidates are requested to complete an on-line application at and attach a resume and cover letter in the "Resume Upload Section." Please include job #17-0143 in the file name. Resumes received by July 28, 2017 will receive full consideration.

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

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA and all of the centers, do not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements which are included for protection and to assist us in our record keeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.

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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