Systems Test Engineer- #02963

Baltimore, Maryland
Nov 01, 2018
Dec 01, 2018
Nonprofit, Research
Full Time

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is the science operations center for several NASA missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the most famous space observatory in history, and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), planned to launch in 2021.

Our Commanding Team is seeking a Systems Test Engineer to join the team that that develops the onboard software to drive science operations for the JWST. Take part in NASA missions 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.  STScI is located on the Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, MD.

Your role and responsibilities:

The Systems Test Engineer in this role is part of the JWST Operations Scripts Subsystem (OSS) Test Team and is responsible for testing the onboard software that will direct science and engineering operations on the JWST. The Commanding Team implements and tests the event-driven operations of the telescope. Testing requires close interactions with the OSS development staff and the ground system software engineers.

In this role:

  • You are involved with many aspects of test preparation, test readiness reviews and test results reporting
  • You will become knowledgeable about scientific spacecraft operations from proposal submission through on-board execution
  • You will become knowledgeable in the operation of the JWST science instruments and spacecraft
  • You will develop science operation products to test onboard script execution
  • You will develop tools and applications to support testing

 Your Qualifications and Job Requirements:

You are typically eager to learn and grow in your career, demonstrate great versatility and teamwork, and are a creative problem-solver with strong verbal and written communication skills. Your schedule is flexible, making you available to support off-hours and weekend testing campaigns and rehearsals, with the possibility of some travel.

We are looking for applicants with experience with the following:

  • Designing and executing tests to verify software requirements, especially for end-to-end testing of software systems
  • Experience with scientific spacecraft instrumentation command and control functions
  • Working knowledge of JavaScript or Python or other programming languages
  • Experience with scientific spacecraft instrumentation command and control functions is highly desirable
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, verbal and written communication skills, and a team player mentality

You should have a Bachelor of Science degree or higher degree in Astronomy, Physics, Astrophysics, Computer Science, Engineering, or a related technical or scientific field, and a minimum of 5 years of recent experience in software development and testing. 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 our website at Applications received by November 28, 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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