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Requisition Number 17-0134
Post Date 6/29/2017
Title Mission 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 Systems Engineer to support our Operations and Engineering Division working as a member of the Systems Engineering Branch supporting the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Systems Engineers working on STScI Missions follow the systems engineering lifecycle from early concept and requirement definition, through implementation and testing, and eventually will follow the missions through closeout.

The Mission Software Systems Engineer will be responsible for any number of traditional 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

This position will likely spend the first year assisting in the authoring of systems engineering analysis reports which aid in the verification of complex requirements that are not easily testable via traditional test procedures. Other systems engineering type work and support of operations teams by troubleshooting ground system anomalies will exist. The systems engineer selected for this position should remain open to different work assignments, as STScI is a dynamic multi-mission environment with changing work needs.

Requirements Applicants require a technical degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Astronomy, Physics, Astrophysics or a related scientific field to apply. Substitution of relevant education or experience for stated qualifications may be considered. The starting position and salary are commensurate with education and experience.

An ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of systems engineering and software engineering lifecycles, 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.

Candidates must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident. 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 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 #17-0134 in the filename. Applications received by July 28, 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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