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Requisition Number 18-0020
Post Date 2/20/2018
Title Software Test Engineer
City Baltimore
State MD

Join the excitement of making new space discoveries possible by becoming a Software Test Engineer at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)! Join our Short Term Scheduling team to support the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled to launch in Spring 2019. Take part in a NASA mission at the forefront of astronomy in a job that offers an excellent benefits package, tuition reimbursement, competitive salaries, and a stimulating and diverse work environment on the Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, MD.

***Your role***

In this role, you will perform Software Testing, Configuration Management, and Installations for the HST Science Planning and Scheduling System and the JWST Visit Scheduling System, including these responsibilities:

• You prepare test plans, perform and execute software, systems, and interface tests, integrate the necessary software and provide documentation to deliver a fully operational system
• You prepare test reports that summarize the overall test activity and results for a specific software release
• You test software modifications developed in response to change requests, enhance test programs, scripts and procedures.
• You investigate and analyze software problems in the test and operational environments and report problems
• You participate as a member of the development team

Requirements ***About you***

You are typically eager to learn and grow in your career, demonstrate great versatility and teamwork, and are a creative problem-solver with strong verbal and written communication skills.

• Experience designing and executing software testing through work experience or completion of a curriculum in software or systems is required
• Software Configuration Control through experience or completion of a curriculum in software or systems development is required
• Experience with Structured Query Language (SQL) is required
• Experience with Python or other programming languages is required
• Basic Unix / Linux scripting skills required
• Understanding of software or systems development and the practices and techniques of software development is preferred
• A background in astronomy and experience with astronomical data reduction is a plus
• Candidates must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident for ITAR clearance.

Applicants require a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace or Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Math, or another technically related field and 2 years of software testing/development experience. A different engineering, scientific or technical degree in combination with relevant work experience may be considered. The position level and salary are commensurate with education and experience.

TO APPLY: You 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 #18-0020 in the filename. Applications received by March 19, 2018 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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