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Requisition Number 17-0018
Post Date 1/23/2017
Title Software Systems 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, scheduled to launch in October 2018. Take part in work at the forefront of astronomy in a job that offers a competitive salary and generous benefits.

STScI is seeking a Software Systems Engineer to support our Operations and Engineering Division working as a member of the Systems Engineering Team supporting the Proposal Planning & Scheduling Subsystem (PPS), which is a component of the Science and Operations Center (S&OC) for the NASA James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

The Software Systems Engineer will be responsible for traditional software systems engineering responsibilities such as:

• Developing and maintaining operations concepts
• Requirements interface definitions
• Working with members of the development teams to perform design studies and guide design decision
• Interacting with the Integration and Test Team to define verification and validation plans for testing requirements, and
• Performing technical analysis to verify and validate complex requirements

In addition to traditional systems engineering tasks, the Software Systems Engineer is expected to spend approximately half of the work time learning, building, troubleshooting, and maintaining various complex software modeling tools and algorithms.

Requirements Applicants must have a technical degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Astronomy, Physics, Astrophysics or a related scientific field.

An ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of systems engineering and software engineering life cycles, a strong technical background, and have good verbal and written communication skills.

A prior background involving NASA spacecraft ground systems or operations is desirable and may be an indication of a strong candidate, but is not required. Experience in software development, operations or testing of spacecraft systems, or an advanced technical degree will be considered in exchange for traditional systems engineering years of experience. The level of the position will be determined during the hiring process, however, is expected to fall within the mid-career range.

This position requires US Citizenship or Permanent Residence in order to meet ITAR requirements.

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 cover letter and resume in the "Resume Upload Section." And include job #17-0018 in the filename. Applications received by February 24, 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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