Share in the thrill of space exploration and join our team! The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has openings for Science Support Analysts in our Instruments Division. This is a phenomenal opportunity for early career candidates to launch a stable long-term career in astronomy. We have openings at entry-level and welcome you to apply if you have at least a Bachelor’s degree in relevant fields. US Citizenship or Permanent Residency required.
Call for applications will remain open for several months. There will be multiple hires for each group.
As a Science Support Analyst, you will typically work on an instrument team to support the development and operations of one of our flagship missions: the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and the Roman Space Telescope. You will be responsible for reducing and analyzing calibration data for astronomical instruments (e.g. cameras, spectrographs, coronagraphs) to optimize the scientific output of our space telescopes. You will provide user support to our worldwide community of researchers on various aspects of observation planning and data analysis. You can also get involved in ground breaking astronomical research by supporting projects led by our science staff.
Who are we looking for?
- You are dedicated, hardworking, and eager to learn, and can work with minimum supervision. You seek additional training so you can grow professionally. You want to contribute to state of the art astronomy in a work environment that respects and relies upon the diversity of its staff.
- You have a Bachelor’s degree (or above) in astronomy, physics, astrophysics, planetary science, mathematics, computer science, aerospace engineering, or related fields.
- You have some experience in one or more of the following areas: astronomical data calibration and reduction (e.g., imaging, spectra, catalogs), scientific instrumentation, optics, astronomical observatory operations, astronomical research, statistical analysis, scientific programming (especially in python), software engineering, and development of astronomical software packages. Expertise in Machine Learning methodologies applied to scientific use cases and/or utilizing AWS services to optimize computational needs are desired skills, but not required.
You are invited to apply
You will need to submit the following materials: a cover letter, a resume or CV with details of relevant technical skills or experience, and the names of three people who have agreed to provide a letter of reference upon request. You are invited to complete an on-line application by going to:
This will be an on-going evergreen hiring effort throughout 2022 to fill multiple new roles to support our missions.
Applications received December thru January 31st – Group #1 (CLOSED)
Applications received February thru April 15th – Group #2
Applications received April 15th thru June 30th – Group #3
The Space Telescope Science Institute is located on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus. We offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, tuition reimbursement, and a stimulating & inclusive work environment. Relocation assistance available. Employees must be in our local area but will be able to explore virtual work from home options.
STScI sees the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in our goal to build a top-notch scientific community. We reflect that deep dedication by strongly encouraging women, minorities, veterans and disabled persons to apply for these opportunities.
As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, STScI does not discriminate because of race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, or mental or physical handicap. Veterans, disabled or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.