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Requisition Number 17-0217
Post Date 10/6/2017
Title Systems Integration and Test 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. Join the team and take part in work at the forefront of astronomy in a job that offers a competitive salary and generous benefits.

The Integration and Test Engineering Branch (ITEB) of the Operations and Engineering Division at STScI is seeking a Systems Integration and Test Engineer to work in a team environment to support the planning and execution of the integration and test program for the JWST Science and Operations Center.

Primary responsibilities include:
• develop system I&T plans and procedures for complex spacecraft ground systems
• perform systems integration and acceptance testing
• develop verification plans and procedures for various levels of integration requirements
• execute formal system tests and report on problems found
• communicate with stakeholders such as systems engineers, test engineers, product team members, external contractors, project members, and customers concerning test plans, test procedures, and operational system issues.

The ideal candidate is looking to advance their career by demonstrating expertise in systems integration, system testing and requirements verification. Experience with formal testing methodologies and automated requirements management tools are desirable. Candidates should have strong decision-making, analytical, problem-solving, planning and organizational skills. Good written and verbal communication skills are essential.
Requirements Prospective candidates should possess a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Systems Engineering, Physics, Astronomy, or Aerospace Engineering. Candidates with a different engineering, scientific or technical degree in combination with relevant work experience may be considered. The starting position and salary are commensurate with education and experience.

Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in systems integration and testing of complex systems. Prior experience working on NASA science missions is desirable. Because this program is developed and executed in collaboration with remote engineers, experience with geographically dispersed teams is desirable.

Candidates must have a working knowledge of engineering tools and computer software, including PC and Mac tools, UNIX and Linux, and SQL databases. Prior experience in system testing or in system operations is required. Knowledge of standard data formats used in publicly accessible archives is desirable, with space-based systems being preferred. Knowledge of astronomical data processing, as well as spacecraft ground control systems is desirable.

Candidates must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident. ITAR clearance 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 #17-0217 in the filename. Applications received by November 3, 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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