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Requisition Number 17-0170
Post Date 8/25/2017
Title Observation 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. Join the team and take part in work at the forefront of astronomy in a job that offers a competitive salary and generous benefits. The Observation Planning Branch (OPB) in the Operations and Engineering Division at STScI is seeking an Observation Analyst to support the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

The Observation Analyst will support the development, implementation and flight preparation of JWST observing programs. The Observation Analyst will provide assistance to the JWST users from acceptance notification through program execution. Project goals include verification, validation, implementation and scheduling assessments of assigned observing programs while ensuring all operational databases correctly reflect program status.
Requirements Qualified applicants required knowledge, skills and abilities include:

• Ability to work independently and carry through assigned tasks
• Ability to formulate and resolve problems through research and application of standard scientific, mathematical and computational skills and techniques
• Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships, both internally and externally
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail and follow-through as required
• Capacity to work in and actively contribute to a team work environment
• Ability to work various shift times to cover 24/7 activities during JWST commissioning, for 6 months after launch
• Candidates must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident. ITAR clearance is required.

A minimum of six months (Master’s) to one year (Bachelor’s) experience in technical support or spacecraft operations activities is preferred. Experience in planning and executing astronomical observations desirable. The starting salary is commensurate to the candidate’s education and experience.

Applicants require a minimum of a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Astronomy, Physics or related field.

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

To Apply: STScI offers an excellent benefits package, tuition reimbursement, competitive salaries, and a stimulating work 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. Please provide a cover letter and resume in the "Resume Upload Section." Please include job #17-0170 in the filename. Applications received by September 18, 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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