Systems Software Engineer

Baltimore, Maryland
May 30, 2018
Jul 04, 2018
Full Time

Bring your passion for what you do and come join the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) team with The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), in Baltimore, MD.  MAST is a multi-petabyte astronomical data archive that maintains the mission data for Hubble, Kepler, GALEX, and the future Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).  You will work with a team that is passionate about the work they do in support of astronomers around the world.  We offer an excellent and generous benefits package, tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedules and a stimulating and diverse work environment.

 **Your Role**

MAST is seeking a full-stack web developer to help us build web applications and services for the communities we support. Our applications include rich search interfaces, web-based visualization tools, and data APIs.  You will be part of an interdisciplinary team of astronomers, developers, testers, archivists and analyst, recognized as providing first-class support for its users and science teams, and as such, an ability to communicate clearly and professionally with our community is a must. Your job will be to design and implement services that support the data archive of today and help shape future innovations that will allow MAST to continue to be the premier archive for data-driven astronomy in the 21st century.

 **About you**

You're an experienced full-stack web developer with significant experience in building web applications and services from scratch but also updating/replacing legacy systems. You've developed scalable, reliable, highly-available secure and supportable production applications and take pride in shipping high-quality, secure-by-design code using a modern development tool chain.

You thrive in an environment that offers you significant freedom to develop novel solutions but you also have a demonstrated commitment to shipping. You enjoy solving hard technical problems and explaining your solutions to your peers as well as management. You enjoy the challenge of migrating large, legacy codebases to new environments and working with your peers to develop roadmaps. You understand the critical role that automation plays in building reliable systems and you embrace the 'DevOps' mentality and believe that engineers should share operations ownership of the systems they build.

 Responsibilities and Qualifications:

  • Designing and developing new web applications and services for STScI's next generation data archive services
  • Work with senior engineering staff to evaluate potential new technologies for STScI data management
  • Provide technical guidance to other engineers and astronomers at STScI
  • Contribute to technical roadmaps for migrating existing applications and services to new solutions
  • Significant experience (5+ years) of building full-stack web applications in a number of different programming languages
  • Good working knowledge of modern JavaScript frameworks, HTML templating languages and SQL
  • Solid understanding of automated testing
  • Experience with designing data models and web APIs
  • Good working knowledge of code versioning tools such as Git, Mercurial etc.
  • BS/BA in Computer Science, Engineering, a related field, or equivalent experience

Beneficial Skills:

  • Familiarity with Web Services (RESTful APIs, SOAP etc.)
  • Working with large data sets and databases
  • Developing complex, JavaScript-based visualizations
  • Experience of working to accessibility and security compliance standards
  • Experience with Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD)
  • Experience of working with large data sets and databases
  • Experience of designing high-availability web applications
  • This position requires US Citizenship or Permanent Residence to meet ITAR requirements

 The starting position and salary are commensurate with education and experience.

 TO APPLY: You are requested to complete an on-line application through our website at: Please include # 02790 in the file name. Applications received by June 13, 2018 will receive full consideration.

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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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