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Requisition Number 16-0358
Post Date 12/14/2016
Title Research & Instrument Analyst
City Baltimore
State MD

Share the excitement of new space discoveries and join our team! The Space Telescope Science Institute has multiple openings for Research and Instrument Analysts (RIAs) in our Instruments Division. We are looking for dedicated, hardworking individuals who are eager to learn, grow, and contribute to cutting-edge astronomy. Multiple openings ranging from entry level to highly experienced are available.


RIAs will assist Instrument Scientists in the operational and developmental support for Hubble Space Telescope (HST), James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST) missions. For example, Analysts reduce and analyze Hubble Space Telescope calibration data. They also assist in the development and testing of the scientific instruments and optical systems for the James Webb Space Telescope. They provide User Support to HST General Observers and Archival Researchers in various aspects of observation planning and data reduction.

Additionally, analysts may become involved in a wide range of astronomical research by providing support for scientific programs of staff scientists. Such support can involve calibrating data, photometry, spectroscopy, image drizzling, coding, and laboratory work in astronomical instrumentation.


Successful applicants typically have a Bachelor's, Master’s or PhD degree in Astronomy, Physics, Astrophysics, Planetary Science, or related fields. The starting position and salary are commensurate with education and experience. Experience or training in one or more of the following areas is desirable: astronomical observing and research, scientific instrumentation, optics, astronomical data calibration and reduction (e.g., imaging, spectra, catalogs), mathematical/statistical analysis, satellite or astronomical observatory operations, scientific computing, programming (e.g. python), or astronomical software packages.


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.


The Space Telescope Science Institute is located on Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, offers excellent benefits package, tuition reimbursement, competitive salaries and a stimulating work environment. Interested candidates are requested to complete an on-line application by going to:


The following materials will be requested: a cover letter, a resume, and the names of three people who have agreed to provide a letter of reference upon request. Please include your last name and #16-0358 in the filename.



The application process will go live on December 15, 2016. Applications received by March 10, 2017 will receive full consideration. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


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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