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Requisition Number 17-0014
Post Date 2/13/2017
Title Software Engineer
City Baltimore
State MD
Description The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), located on the Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, MD, is the science operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and the science and mission operations center for the James Webb Space Telescope. STScI has an immediate opening for a Software Engineer in the Science Software Branch (SSB) in the Operations & Engineering Division to support software development for data analysis applications.

The Science Software Branch supports calibration and science software development, primarily using Python and C, for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and other space-based astronomy missions. Our diverse team supports open-source Python software development for astronomy through contributions to and technical oversight of the astropy project. We also support investigations into how we can integrate our Python data analysis and calibration software into web frameworks for support of mining Big Data related to HST- and JWST-based science.

This developer will contribute to open source development of astropy-related packages with a focus on supporting the FITS data format used by HST and JWST. Additional duties may include, depending on the candidate's interests and skills, developing libraries for applying mathematical models to images and spectra, and developing data analysis applications for HST data.

Requirements Qualified applicants will have a B.S. Degree in Engineering, Science, or Computer Science or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. The starting position and salary are commensurate with education and experience.

- Proficiency in Python development with significant
experience (3+ years)
- Experience in a compiled language such as C/C++
- Prior experience on a medium to large software project in
a functional environment
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential

Experience in one or more of the following is considered a plus for any qualified candidate:
- Advanced Computer Science degree (M.Sc or higher)
- Experience integrating compiled code into Python
- Prior experience of contributing to open-source projects
- Experience with parsers
- Experience with scientific or archival data formats
- Familiarity with astronomical data
- Experience with data I/O management

Substitution of relevant education or experience for stated qualifications may be considered.

STScI offers an excellent benefits package, tuition reimbursement, competitive salaries, and a stimulating work environment. Interested candidates are requested to complete an on-line application through our website at or the “Apply Online” link at the bottom of this posting. Please provide a resume in the "Resume Upload Section." Please include job #17-0014 in the filename. Applications received by March 15, 2017 will receive full consideration.

AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA and all of the centers, do not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements which are included for protection and to assist us in our record keeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.

STScI sees the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in our desire to create a first-rate scientific community. We reflect that deep commitment in strongly encouraging women, minorities, veterans and disabled individuals to apply for these opportunities.

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