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Requisition Number 17-0136
Post Date 6/27/2017
Title Software Engineer
City Baltimore
State MD
Description Join the excitement of making new space discoveries possible by becoming a member of the Commanding team at the Space Telescope Science Institute! Join our team, which develops the onboard software to drive science operations for the Hubble Space Telescope and, the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in 2018. Take part in a NASA mission at the forefront of astronomy in a job that offers a competitive salary and generous benefits. The Space Telescope Science Institute, located on the Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, MD, is seeking Software Engineers for multiple openings to support the Commanding Branch (CMD) in the Operations and Engineering Division.

A successful candidate will fill various roles including:
• become knowledgeable in the operation of the James Webb Space Telescope science instruments and spacecraft
• develop onboard software (JavaScript) to command the science instruments
• support all aspects of front-end and back-end software design
• develop science operation products to test onboard script execution
• operate spacecraft, observatory and ground system simulators and/or actual flight software and hardware
• develop tools and applications to support testing


Requirements Job requirements include experience with one or more of the following:
- Utilizing programming technologies to code algorithms that satisfy software requirements
- Designing and executing tests to verify software requirements, especially for end-to-end testing of software systems
- Designing and developing large complex software systems
- Experience with scientific spacecraft instrumentation command and control functions
- Working knowledge of JavaScript, Python or Java or other programming languages
- Software development utilizing relational databases

Qualified applicants require a Bachelor of Science degree or higher in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Astrophysics, or a related scientific field, and preferably 3+ years of recent experience in software development and testing for a NASA scientific spacecraft. Substitution of additional relevant education or experience for the stated qualifications may be considered. Also, qualified candidates will have strong analytical, problem solving, verbal and written communication skills, and a team player mentality. The starting salary is commensurate to the candidate’s education and experience.

Candidates must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident. Qualification for ITAR clearance is required.

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 http://www.stsci.edu/jobs 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 #17-0136 in the filename. Applications received by July 12, 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 http://www.aura-astronomy.org/diversity.asp.



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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