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Universities Space Research Association (USRA) employs more than 400 full-time staff, visiting scientists, and students working on some of the nation's top aerospace research projects at NASA, the National Science Foundation, and other government agencies throughout the United States.

USRA scientists are engaged in high-end scientific studies that are making major contributions to the space research community. USRA provides the stability of more than 45 years of continuous growth and success in a fast-paced, challenging work environment found in many start-up operations. Let your entrepreneurial spirit thrive as you work with management to provide new and creative ways to conduct business and research.

'People First' is why we do what we do. Come join the team that is making a difference in space and related research. Please view our current job openings

Why Work for Us?

It's not just about finding a job. It's about finding a career that complements the passion you bring to your work-place where other people share your aspirations.

Our culture is linked by our shared values and our commitment to putting 'People First'. 'People First' is the motto that USRA has embodied for more than 45 years. We firmly believe that our people are the key component to our success. USRA helps employees accomplish an effective balance between work and personal life and supports employee's efforts to have a positive influence in the communities where they live.

Finding the right work environment will be an essential factor in your success. Our employees have several reasons why they chose to work for USRA. For some insights about what it is like to work at USRA, see employee testimonies below.

Dr. David Bell, USRA, Director, RIACS

'USRA provides the opportunity to work with world-class scientists and engineers on grand challenges facing our nation, and the opportunity to achieve near-term impact with a long-term research agenda through support for NASA missions and projects. The culture and organization of USRA provides tremendous support for individuals who have ideas to make a difference in the world with those ideas.' -David Bell, Director, USRA-RIACS employee since 2002

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'The atmosphere is great and the science is fascinating but it is the people that keep me coming back for more. The opportunity to meet and work with people from every corner of the world. People who want to push the boundaries of understanding of our Solar System and the universe beyond.' -Mary Ann Hager, CIRS Manager, USRA-LPI employee since 1976


Our employees are our biggest asset, so we strive to make working for USRA a great experience for every employee. We achieve this by providing a comprehensive Total Compensation package which extends beyond annual income to encompass a wide range of benefits. 

Benefits Package

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USRA offers a competitive, comprehensive, and out-of-this world benefits package including some of the components listed below:


  • 401(k) Savings Plan
  • Medical Care 
  • Dental Care
  • Vision Care
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Term Life Insurance
  • Dependent Life Coverage
  • Disability Coverage
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Coverage
  • Business Travel Accident Insurance

Work/Life Balance

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USRA recognizes the importance of achieving and maintaining a balance between your career and your personal life. We understand that you have needs beyond the workplace, which is why we offer the following benefits:

  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holidays
  • Flexible Working Schedule
  • Employee Assistance Program

Professional Development

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USRA encourages its employees to increase their knowledge, skills and abilities through a rewarding dual career track model. Employees can choose to move up the scientific track as they become leading experts in their fields or they can choose the management track. We offer continuous training opportunities to keep our employees at the top of their game in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Education Reimbursement
  • Professional Seminar Reimbursement
  • Online Performance Development System - MARS (Managing performance And Reward System)