Astronomy and Space Science, Physics: Astrophysics, Physics: Spectroscopy
4 Year Degree
The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) seeks an outstanding candidate to lead our Instruments Division (INS) from our headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.
STScI serves as the Science Operations Center for two of NASA’s Great Observatories, the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope. STScI is also the Science Operations Center for the upcoming Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in the mid-2020s. We provide the core expertise to exploit the full potential of these missions and enable astronomical discovery by the scientific community. We lead strategic programs to expand the horizons of our missions and develop innovative techniques to address novel science questions. Instruments Division staff calibrate, maintain, and expand the capabilities of the science instruments on our missions, and provide tools and support for research scientists around the globe. The division is also responsible for providing expertise and knowledge in optics and telescope systems.
As INS Head, you will identify and exploit science-enhancing harmonies across our missions. You and your teams will deliver new technologies, services, and infrastructures that advance scientific discovery. You will lead a management team of 15 and guide a division of ~150 staff. You will coordinate cross-divisional work to develop calibration pipelines, data analysis tools, proposal preparation tools, and science operation procedures. You will work with the missions to ensure that their priorities are addressed and will be responsible for the overall execution, quality, and timeliness of high quality products and services.
As INS Head, you will be a member of the Director’s Leadership Team, which takes a strategic perspective and leadership role in defining and advancing high-level priorities of the Institute. The strategic goal will be to deliver new technologies, services, and infrastructures that advance scientific discovery
The position requires a combination of short-term tactical skills and longer-term strategic vision; effective delegation to other team members and organizational units will be paramount to success. We welcome candidates with a diverse range of skills.
What we are looking for:
Experience in leading and developing teams in support of technical or scientific projects.
A strategic perspective in identifying and advancing high-level priorities with demonstrated success.
Ability to thrive in an environment of talented individuals and teams who are passionate about their work and dedicated to service of the scientific community.
Commitment to communicating well, in multiple ways and with diverse groups of people, and ability to work seamlessly with a broad variety of individuals, teams, and managers.
Ability to represent the work of STScI effectively to external partners such as government agencies (e.g. NASA), advisory and oversight committees, and the scientific community.
An advanced degree, or comparable experience in astronomy, physics, planetary science or a related field. The INS Head will have the opportunity to carry out self-directed research if desired.
Position level and salary are commensurate with qualifications and relevant work experience. Substitution of additional relevant education or experience for stated qualifications will be considered.
TO APPLY: Applications received by January 15, 2021 will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered until the position is filled. You are requested to complete an on-line application and upload a cover letter & CV in one PDF document.
STScI is located in Baltimore, MD. We offer an excellent and generous benefits package, tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedules and a stimulating and diverse work environment. Explore our benefits: http://www.stsci.edu/opportunities/benefits
**STScI has most staff working virtually from home during the COVID-19 crisis. The safety of our staff and community is our top priority. We will continue to interview and screen candidates in this new virtual landscape. Offers of employment can be extended and new hires will on-board virtually. We will then ship systems to you to enable working from home until it is safe to report to our Baltimore offices. If applicable, relocation benefits will be available to those eligible when travel can be supported but employees are required to be resident in the Baltimore-Washington area.**
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 workforce. Learn more at www.aura-astronomy.org/diversity.asp
As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA and all of the centers, do not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements that are included for protection and to assist us in our record keeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.
STScI embraces the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in creating a first-rate community. We reflect this deep dedication in strongly encouraging women, ethnic minorities, veterans and disabled individuals to apply for these opportunities.
Telecommuting is allowed. Employer will assist with relocation costs.
The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), is a multi-mission science operations center for NASA’s flagship observatories. Our world-class astronomical research center is based on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus in Baltimore, Maryland.
Established in 1981, STScI has overseen the Hubble Space Telescope’s science program since 1990 and will expand to include the James Webb Space Telescope, planned to launch in 2021. Our staff is also developing major science operations for the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, which is set to launch in the mid-2020s. Learn more about each mission.
Our talented staff, who work to plan the observations of these missions, analyze the data, share their findings with the public, and archive the data for the world, come from a variety of fields. Positions include astronomers, scientists, researchers, engineers, educators, information technology staff, newsroom managers, writers, designers, business professionals, and administrative staff.
We are deeply committed to encouraging people of all backgrounds to apply for these opportunities. Our experience has demo...nstrated that the broader the styles, backgrounds, and abilities of our staff—in other words, the more diverse our team is—the greater potential we have for success. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, STScI does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, or mental or physical handicap. Veterans, people who are disabled, or wounded warriors who need assistance with the employment process may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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