Archive Scientist

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Space Telescope Science Institute
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Come join the Data Processing and Archive Services (DPAS) team at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), located on the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. STScI provides its employees with an excellent and generous benefits package, tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedules and a stimulating and diverse work environment. DPAS is seeking an Archive Scientist to provide scientific, technical, and computational expertise to support the data calibration and archive operations of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled to launch in Spring 2019.


As an Archive Scientist, you will work as part of an interdisciplinary team committed to support and maintain the data calibration pipelines and data archives for new and archival data from STScI’s active missions. You will also provide user support and expertise for archive users, astronomers at STScI and from around the world.

Requirements    Familiarity and experience with one or more of the following is desired:


• HST data calibration and processing

• Satellite and/or astronomical observatory operations

• Procedure writing and maintenance

• Software and programming languages, such as HTML5, MS SQL Server, Python, Linux, or related technologies

• Using ground or space-based astronomical archives for research

• Working with the scientific community

This position requires US Citizenship or Permanent Residence to meet ITAR requirements.


This position requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Astronomy, Planetary Science, Physics, or a related field. Advanced degrees are not required, but are considered a plus. The starting position and salary are commensurate with education and experience.


We are considering candidates with post-Bachelor’s experience in an astronomical research or observatory/support function in areas related to astronomical data analysis (imaging or spectroscopy), astronomical archives, and/or space-based observing. 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.


TO APPLY: 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 #17-0268 in the filename. Applications received by January 8, 2018 will receive full consideration.


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Archive Scientist