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Requisition Number 18-0006
Post Date 1/8/2018
Title Engineering Manager
City Baltimore
State MD
Description Join the team Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and take part in work at the forefront of astronomy STScI, located on the Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, MD, is the science operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and the science and mission operations center for the James Webb Space Telescope (JSWT), scheduled to launch in Spring, 2019. STScI provides its employees with an excellent and generous benefits package, tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedules and a stimulating and diverse work environment.

The Operations and Engineering Division is seeking an Engineering Manager to lead the Data Analysis Tools Branch (DATB). As the Engineering Manager (called a Branch Manager at STScI) you will supervise and lead software engineers and scientists who are responsible for the development and operational maintenance of data analysis tools for the JWST and HST missions. The data analysis tools are primarily "post-pipeline" tools, enabling scientists in the astronomy community (including those at STScI) to extract maximal science from the observations taken by these missions.

The community-facing nature of these tools means that DATB contributes to community-developed open source software that enables parts of the tools, and supports user training for these tools. DATB also interfaces extensively with the teams developing and maintaining the science pipelines.

The Branch Manager role includes the following activities:
• Recruit employees; assign, direct, and evaluate their work; and oversee the development and maintenance of staff competence.
• Perform administrative functions such as reviewing and writing reports, approving expenditures, and enforcing STScI Policies.
• Coordinate and direct projects, making detailed plans to accomplish goals and directing the integration of technical activities. Analyze technology, and resource needs to plan and assess the feasibility of projects.
• Participate in the development of standards and procedures for the engineering and technical work performed at STScI and implement them within the branch.

In addition to these management activities, the engineering manager will participate in the technical efforts carried out by the branch. This may include requirements development, software design, and development.


Applicants will have a degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Astronomy, Physics, or a related scientific or technical field. Substitution of additional relevant education or experience for the stated qualifications may be considered. The starting position and salary are commensurate with education and experience. The ideal candidate should possess effective communication skills. Prior experience in managing or supervising staff is required. Experience developing or working with astronomical data analysis tools is preferred, especially with the open source Python-based ecosystem. Experience understanding and designing large complex systems would be beneficial. Candidates must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident. ITAR clearance is required. TO APPLY: 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 cover letter and resume in the "Resume Upload Section." Please include job #18-0006 in the filename. Applications received by February 10, 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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