2018 Analysts and Software Engineers

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Space Telescope Science Institute
United States of America
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Share the excitement of new space discoveries and join our team! The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is looking for dedicated hard-working candidates who are excited about supporting our cutting-edge space astronomy missions: Hubble Space Telescope (HST), James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST) . This is a great opportunity to begin a unique career in astronomy and space exploration. We have multiple openings for Analysts and Software Engineers, ranging from entry-level to highly experienced, in the following positions:

1. Research and Instrument Analysts (RIAs) are a part of the Instruments Division, where they primarily work on instrument teams and have responsibility for reducing and analyzing calibration data for cameras and spectrographs. They may also be involved in development and testing of scientific instruments, laboratory work in optical systems, cutting-edge astronomical research with our science staff, science software development, optimizing the science operations and output of space telescopes, and providing user support to our worldwide community of researchers on various aspects of observation planning and data analysis.

2. Archive Analysts are part of the Data Processing & Archive Services Branch in the Operations and Engineering Division (OED). Archive Analysts provide scientific, technical, and computational support in the areas of archival operations and archival research to support the HST and JWST missions, and also data from other missions and telescopes included in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST). Responsibilities include: monitoring data processing/archiving/distribution systems, generating metrics and reports, providing support and advice for archive users (via a helpdesk) in searching and using archival data, creating and maintaining operational procedures, investigating and solving problems related to data or database content, providing input to the archive development and test teams, supporting distribution of data on various media to other archive sites and researchers. Experience with large database applications of archives, Linux, and PC computer systems and network applications are desirable. Experience in operating or working with a workflow management system and/or archive is preferred.

3. Software Engineers in the OED Archive Sciences Branch work to expand and build innovative search interfaces, visualization tools, and data handling services for MAST. You will be part of an interdisciplinary team of astronomers, developers, testers, archivists and analysts and expect to work in a collaborative, collegial manner.   The current development environment for the MAST team includes C#, JavaScript, HTML5, MS SQL Server, Python, Windows IIS, Linux, Nginx, Apache.  If you have experience with any of these or related technologies, you are encouraged to apply: SQL and NoSQL databases, load balancing and high availability, concurrent programming and performance analysis, continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD), experience working in an agile environment (e.g., Scrum or Kanban), web services, web-based data visualization applications, GUI design and development, working with large data sets and databases, server side scaling and load applications, knowledge of accessibility and security compliance, experience or knowledge of the Virtual Observatory. Your participation in at least one development project of high or medium complexity level is preferred.

4. Software Engineers in the OED Commanding Branch are responsible for developing and testing the onboard commanding of the science instruments for the HST, JWST, and WFIRST missions. Typical task include: develop and test the scripts that operate the science instruments, collaborating with Astronomers and Engineers to collect requirements, developing parts of the ground subsystem, testing on our spacecraft and instrument simulators, and participating in pre-launch operational rehearsals and training for flight operations. We rely on a background of astrophysics and programming knowledge to develop software that drives automated science operations onboard space telescopes to meet the needs of our NASA missions.  Our Engineers are familiar with Java, Javascript, and/or Python, and work collaboratively on both small and large code bases.


Successful applicants are typically eager to learn and grow in their career, demonstrate great versatility and teamwork, and are creative problem-solvers with strong verbal and written communication skills. They have a Bachelor's, Master’s or PhD degree in Astronomy, Physics, Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Mathematics or related fields. These are permanent jobs with great opportunities for training and promotions along multiple possible career paths. 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.

Interested candidates are requested to complete an on-line application through our website:


Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Interviews can be scheduled prior to the close date since there are multiple openings to fill. Complete applications received by February 16, 2018 will receive full consideration. Applicants should include a resume or CV, a cover letter, details of any relevant technical skills or experience, and the names of three references. Applicants can express a preference for any one of these job openings, or will otherwise be considered for all of them.

STScI, located on Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, Maryland, offers an excellent benefit package, competitive salaries, and a stimulating work environment.

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 http://www.aura-astronomy.org/diversity.asp.

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Friday, February 16, 2018
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