Position Description

Operations Analyst
Job Category Fulltime Regular
ExemptOvertimeEligible Exempt
Benefits Eligible Benefit Based
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Job Summary

IPAC at the California Institute of Technology invites applications for an Operations Analyst who will participate in the development, operations, and user support of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope program. The Roman Space Telescope is a NASA observatory designed to address key questions in the areas of dark energy, exoplanets, and infrared astrophysics scheduled to launch in the mid-2020’s.

Essential Job Duties

As an Operations Analyst at IPAC, you will work with engineering and scientific team members on tasks that include developing, testing, and documenting data analysis pipelines, scripts, and procedures associated with the operations of the Coronagraph Instrument on Roman Space Telescope. This will include a system for automated real time data processing and commanding which includes flow control and fault protection.

Basic Qualifications

If you have the following in your background, then we want to hear about your curiosity about joining our team:

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in Science, Engineering, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated ability in software development and testing.
  • Familiarity with source code version control (e.g. Git/GitHub) and issue/bug tracking systems (e.g. Jira).
  • Ability to work within a small team, and at times, work independently to ensure deliveries to meet project timelines.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Beyond these basic qualifications, there are a set of skills and experiences that will add to your ability to contribute to the roles and responsibilities of Operations Analyst. The following might give you a head-start here, but even if these do not describe you or your experience, we would still like to hear from you:

  • Experience with ground or space-based telescope operations.
  • Familiarity with automated commanding and/or data processing systems such as the execution of astronomical observations or remote sensing.
  • Experience with Python, Perl, or C programming.
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and address problems using a wide range of analysis and solution strategies.

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • Applicants for this position must be a United States (US) person as defined by ITAR regulations - A US person is a citizen of the United States, a lawful permanent resident alien of the US (“Green Card” holder), or individuals granted refugee and Asylee status under US law.

Life at IPAC

IPAC is located on the campus of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California by the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Caltech is small, but has an extraordinary science impact, with 41 Nobel Prizes awarded to faculty and alumni. Caltech manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA, the leading US center for the robotic exploration of the Solar System. Caltech also operates large-scale research facilities such as the Palomar and Keck Observatories, and LIGO, which in 2016 observed gravitational waves from colliding blackholes for the first time.

Pasadena is a city known for its contributions to science and technology, and its rich history, cultural treasures, scenic beauty, and year-round comfortable weather create a desirable environment for life and ideas to thrive.

People choose to work at IPAC for many reasons, and the casual, employee-centric culture often leads to fulfilling, long-term careers and positive relationships. Caltech’s benefits program offers a quality, competitive benefits package that is affordable for you and the Institute. We also offer a 403(b) defined contribution plan to eligible staff as well as a Voluntary Retirement Savings (TDA) Plan. IPAC staff have access to the Institute’s facilities, including the athletic center, libraries, on-site daycare, professional development and enrichment classes, and Athenaeum club membership.

COVID-19 Vaccine Required for All Employees

Caltech has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy effective October 15, 2021, requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees (with Institute-approved exemptions for religious or medical contraindications only). At present, an individual is deemed “fully vaccinated” when that person has received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson). Upon eligibility, employees are required to receive the COVID-19 booster as part of the vaccine mandate. As a condition of employment, employees must submit official COVID-19 vaccine documentation. More information may be found here.

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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Disability Accommodations

If you would like to request an accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to Caltech Recruiting at employment@caltech.edu

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