The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). We offer a range of positions—from scientists and engineers to visual artists and program managers—and we consistently focus our efforts on diversity and inclusion. We provide assistance to qualified international applicants in the acquisition of appropriate visas and other work documents required to work at STScI.

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The Application Process

Create a Profile

New users should begin by creating a profile using Firefox or Internet Explorer. You may cut and paste your résumé or CV into the to resume box, or skip this option and upload your résumé or CV as an electronic file on the next screen. If you choose to cut and paste your résumé by clicking Parse Resume, the system will extract data from your résumé and automatically populate some of the fields on this screen. If you skip this option, you must enter all fields manually. It is best to supply as much information as possible; however, if a field is not applicable to your position but denotes it is required, please enter “n/a.” All applicants must complete a profile before applying to a specific position.

Review Saved Profiles and Résumés

We encourage returning users to review their saved profiles and résumés before submitting new applications to ensure all of your information is up to date. Changes made to your profile affect all of your current applications.

Apply for a Position

Click on the post date, requisition number, or job title to view the full job description. Click Apply Online at the bottom of the job description to begin your application. Follow the directions on each screen, completing each field as required. You may upload a multi-page document for each application (e.g., a publications list, letter of intent, reference letters, and essays).

Upload a Unique PDF

Please upload a unique PDF for each application you complete. We welcome you to apply to several positions, but request that you include a single, combined document for each application. This document may include your cover letter, résumé or CV, a list of references, and your publication list and research interests. Review the job description to see what is required for the position. Please include the job requisition number in the filename, which is available on the Browse Jobs page. (For example, your filename would read: First-Last-18-0000.) This will help our staff immediately identify which file to review for each application and ensure all relevant documents are in one file.

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Don’t see the perfect position? Please check back periodically to browse new opportunities. Interested applicants may also review AURA’s job opportunities.

Our offices are located on or near the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus in Baltimore, Maryland.