Systems Software Engineer

Baltimore, Maryland
Sep 21, 2018
Oct 26, 2018
Research, Science
Full Time

The Commanding Team at Space Telescope Science Institute is seeking a Systems Software Engineer. The team develops the onboard software to drive science operations for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled to launch in Spring 2021. Take part in a NASA mission at the forefront of astronomy in a job that offers an excellent benefits package, tuition reimbursement, competitive salaries, and a stimulating and diverse work environment.  The Space Telescope Science Institute, is located on the Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, MD.

***Your role***

In this job, your role would include one or more of the following:

  • 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

**About you:**

You are typically eager to learn and grow in their career, demonstrate great versatility and teamwork, and are creative problem-solvers with strong verbal and written communication skills.

We are looking for applicants with 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

Your Qualifications and Job Requirements:

You should have a Bachelor of Science degree or higher degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Astrophysics, or a related technical or scientific field, and a minimum of 5 years of recent experience in software development and testing. Experience with NASA scientific spacecraft is a plus. Substitution of additional relevant education or experience for the stated qualifications may be considered. You have strong analytical, problem solving, verbal and written communication skills, and a team player mentality. The starting salary is commensurate to your education and experience.

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

TO APPLY: You are requested to complete an on-line application through the Apply Now link to our Employment Opportunities on our website at: Applications received by October 17, 2018 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.

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.

Veterans, disabled individuals or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process can contact us at EOE/AA/M/F/D/V 

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