STScI is the science operations center for several NASA missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). We also lead the science and mission operations for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), planned to launch later this year, and will perform parts of the science operations for the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, in formulation for launch in the mid-2020s. STScI hosts the MAST (Mikulski Archive for Space Telescope) archive that contains data from more than 20 missions, including TESS.
The Data Management Division (DMD) at STScI is seeking an Astronomical Data Scientist to support the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) archive.
This is a 100% functional position as described in the Role & Responsibilities but it does include the option to buy back up to 25%- 50% of your FTE for personal research through the use of any approved external funding or grants you may receive.
Role & Responsibilities
The archive scientist will support archive projects to enhance the scientific utilization of the data and meta-data through existing and future data-mining techniques. In addition, the archive scientist will participate in planning, definition and implementation of processes, procedures and tools supporting JWST archive.
This position is in the Catalog Science Branch in the Data Management Division. You will lead archive activities related to timeseries missions, including TESS, and provide scientific guidance on TESS development efforts. You will work with the astronomical community to ingest new High Level Science Products (HLSP) from HST and JWST into MAST. You will create user documentation and tutorials on MAST data products, tools, and interfaces.
- Serve as a point-of-contact between the TESS mission and MAST. Track and facilitate ingest of TESS data deliveries. Assist with prioritization of TESS archival development roadmaps and features
- Create webpages at MAST with documentation on each HLSP
- Answer help desk questions from MAST users, especially for those related to timeseries missions (Kepler, K2, TESS) and HLSP
- Assist in the organization and activities of the MAST Users Group, a committee of outside astronomers that provides community input to MAST
- Provide input for monthly Branch reports, annual MAST reports, and other similar activities
- Work with other archive scientists and developers to define projects and priorities for MAST development
- Expertise (minimum of three years or equivalent knowledge level) in the scientific guidance and use of timeseries data products and the needs of the timeseries community (e.g., Kepler, K2, TESS)
- Effective communication skills and the ability to describe astronomical data to a broad science community
- Maintain effective working relationships with other scientific, technical, and administrative staff
- U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident is required
Experience in Python scripting, including the use of common Python-based astronomy packages
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Astronomy, Planetary Science, Physics, or a related field and 5+ years of experience in astronomical research or observatory scientist/support functions.
A PhD in Astronomy, Physics, or a related field is preferred with 3+ years of experience in an astronomical research role or as an observatory scientist supporting astronomical research.
Substitution of additional relevant education or experience for stated qualifications may be considered. The starting position and salary are commensurate with education and experience.
TO APPLY: Please upload one cover letter and resume on one PDF document for review. Relocation assistance may be available. Applications received by August 20th, 2021 will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered until the position is filled.
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