Project Scientist for HST & JWST

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Publish Date: 
Friday, June 25, 2021
Archive Date: 
Friday, July 23, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution Classification/Type: 
The European Space Agency (ESA)
Department Name: 
Vacancy in the Directorate of Science.
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Project Scientist for HST & JWST

Closing Date:  28 July 2021
Vacancy Type: Permanent
Location: Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), Baltimore, Maryland, USA


The European Space Agency maintains a world-leading Science Programme with missions in heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics and fundamental physics. The Department of Science and Operations (SCI-S), in ESA's Directorate of Science, hosts the scientists and engineers who oversee the space missions from study to end of operations; it develops the science operation systems for the missions and operates the missions in space; it archives and curates their data during operations and beyond. Our main objective is to maximise the scientific output of the missions for the benefit of humankind.

The Project Scientist for HST and JWST interfaces with and directly engages with the ESA astronomical community (and the public) with the goal of keeping the missions prominent and visible in Europe. You will ensure that maximum scientific return from the missions is maintained as a target throughout all phases, keeping within the technical, financial, programmatic and safety constraints, working with the Mission Manager to design and implement activities that increase the scientific value of the missions with stakeholders.

In this role, you will also act as Head of the ESA Office in STScI and be the prime ESA ambassador at the STScI, playing a key role in maintaining strong links between the leadership of the ESA Science Directorate and the leadership at STScI. You will serve as the point of contact for all ESA Office activities that interface with STScI.

This position is an exciting opportunity to lead the ESA Office at the Space Telescope Science Institute and provide scientific support and representation for the Hubble Space Telescope and James Webb Space Telescope. As Head of the ESA Office at STScI you will report to the Head of the Science Division in the Science and Operations Department, and report functionally in your role as project scientist to the Head of the Astrophysics Observatories Section in the Science Division, which provides study and project scientist support to the Science Directorate’s missions.

Technical competencies

Active researcher in a relevant field of space science

Experience in coordinating the scientific community

Experience in space mission operations

Experience in promoting science to the wider scientific community and general public



A PhD in astrophysics (or equivalent) is required.

The closing date for applications is 28 July 2021.

For the full list of requirements please click on Apply.

Qualified professionals, and in particular women, are encouraged to put themselves forward.

Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovenia.

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Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 23, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
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Job Req ID: 12487