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Requisition Number 17-0015
Post Date 1/27/2017
Title Systems 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. Take part in work at the forefront of astronomy in a job that offers a competitive salary, generous benefits and a casual work environment. STScI has an immediate opening for a Software Systems Engineer in the Science Software Branch (SSB) in the Operations & Engineering Division.

The Science Software Branch at the Space Telescope Science Institute is responsible for developing applications to model, calibrate, or analyze data from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and the next NASA flagship astronomy mission, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which is due for launch in October 2018. The Institute also plays a central role in the development of the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). This team is looking for someone to continue innovative software development of the Exposure Time Calculator, primarily in support of JWST, and perhaps other missions, including WFIRST.

The Systems Software Engineer in this role will be developing open source applications primarily in Python and C, using open source tools developed at STScI and elsewhere. Some projects may involve developing software applications or libraries as part of a team, or leading a team.
Requirements Fully qualified candidates will hold a degree in Astronomy, Physics or a related engineering discipline in combination with excellent and relevant programming experience.
Experience writing large programs in a compiled language as well as experience with an interpreted language such as Python, IDL, or Matlab is required.

A background in astronomy is essential, and experience with astronomical instrumentation, numerical modeling and/or data reduction is highly desirable.

Candidates must have:
• strong analytical, problem solving, organizational and communication skills
• the ability to effectively utilize programming technologies to code algorithms that satisfy specified software requirements, and
• a working knowledge of modern programming paradigms

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." Please include job #17-0015 in the filename. Applications received by February 27, 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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