The Space Telescope Science Institute is the science operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and the science and mission operations center for the James Webb Space Telescope. The Office of Public Outreach produces products and services that are the backbone of the news, education, and public outreach efforts for the missions. The achievements of the office helped to make the Hubble Space Telescope one of the most universally recognized scientific endeavors.
The Office of Public Outreach (OPO) is seeking a Data Imaging Developer responsible for producing outreach images, informational graphics, space art and other visuals derived from astronomical or simulated data. Work requires general collaborations with astronomers as well as organizations such as NASA, STScI, and others. The Lead Imaging and Technical Designer will directly support scientists working on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) missions. Completed visuals will support public engagement by serving as the centerpiece of HST and JWST press releases and various education and public outreach products to be disseminated via print, online and social networking.
A basic understanding of scientific principles is required to effectively work with data and assure scientific accuracy. Knowledge of astronomical data analysis techniques and software (IRAF/PyRAF e.g.) is needed to process data. A background in photography and visual arts is required to create visuals that are understandable to the general public, while maintaining technical accuracy and pleasing aesthetic qualities. Fluent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud and digital photography techniques are required. Other duties will include designing exhibit materials and other collateral to support conferences and various events.
The Data Imaging Developer will participate in presentations, demonstrations, interviews, online chats, etc., to explain to various audiences the processes and techniques of creating astronomy images.
Position requires astronomy background: MS preferred. Experience should embody an emphasis on observing and imaging, principally optical and infrared, but familiarity with other regimes is useful. Position requires the following skills and abilities:
- Design and Space Art
- Data processing: working knowledge of astronomical image reduction and analysis
- Image processing: understanding of how to produce color presentation images from astronomical data
- Data analysis techniques: use results derived from astronomical observations (spectra, plots, images, etc.) to supplement imaging
- Photography: apply principles of photography to the production of presentation images from astronomy data
- Design: apply principles of design to information graphics and other supplemental works of design
- Communication: ability to collaborate and communicate through various channels: verbally, in writing, social networks, etc., with various audiences at every level of understanding: colleagues, research scientists, outreach staff, vendors, general public
- Observation planning: selecting targets and APT software
- Image and graphics editing: Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud (Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom, Illustrator, etc.), image formats, resolution, color management, metadata
- Science data reduction and analysis: IRAF/PyRAF, Python, IDL, etc. science data formats; searching and retrieving archive data (MAST)
- Observation planning: APT
- Office productivity: word processing, spreadsheet, presentation (MS Office, Keynote), collaboration (WebEx, Basecamp, etc.), cloud sharing (Box)
At least some working familiarity with these topics is needed for this position
- Motion graphics
- Video production
- Web development
Interested candidates are requested to complete an on-line application through our website at http://www.stsci.edu/jobs and attach ONE PDF including a cover letter and resume in the "Resume Upload Section." Please include job # 16-0276 in the filename. Applications received by October 21, 2016 will receive full consideration. Campaign will stay open until the position has been filled.
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