Opportunities Introduction

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 1982, 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 NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), 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 demonstrated 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 careers@stsci.edu.

Opportunities Resources

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How To Apply

Pointers to help you navigate our job application system from start to finish.

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Our robust and competitive benefit programs support the well-being of our employees.

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Our Work

Positions range from astronomers and engineers to support staff and communications professionals.

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Our Culture

We continually strive to build a team with diverse talents, expertise, and perspectives.

Programs and Community

We are dedicated to building much more than a diverse, inclusive staff. We are also committed to building the workforce of the future. We offer fellowship opportunities for doctoral and undergraduate students and participate in a series of ongoing community partnerships.

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