Senior Software Engineer- #0002273

Baltimore, Maryland
Nov 17, 2021
Dec 22, 2021
Full Time

Do you want to play a critical role in increasing humanity’s knowledge of the universe?

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is a multi-mission science operations center for NASA’s flagship observatories. Our world-class astronomical research center is based on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus in Baltimore, Maryland. (Click here to learn more about STScI.) STScI offers a flexible and welcoming workspace for all. (Click here to learn more about our culture.)

STScI’s Instruments Division (INS) plays a critical role in enabling the worldwide astronomical community and maximizing science return of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and the Roman Space Telescope (RST).  INS is looking for a Senior Software Engineer to help advance our state-of-the-art software.  If you are a collaborative engineer excited to strengthen the operation of NASA’s flagship missions, then you want to join our team.

Your Role & Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the software development of multiple projects and applications using a broad range of technologies while employing software engineering best practices and principles
  • Work under minimal supervision to solve complex problems, assess implementation details, and perform tasks to advance NASA mission goals
  • Keep abreast of the software-development landscape and make recommendations for architectural approaches and technologies for new features or applications
  • Work collaboratively on diverse teams that include other technical staff and domain experts (e.g., astronomers) of varying levels of seniority
  • Provide mentorship and knowledge transfer to other INS staff
  • Commit to continuous improvement and innovation
  • Lead and work with others within small to medium-sized groups
  • Effectively articulate technical challenges and solutions, both orally and in writing

Your Experience, Skills & Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in the Python programming language
  • Experience working in a Linux-based environment
  • Experience with a distributed version control system such as Git
  • Experience with Continuous Integration & Delivery workflows and testing automation
  • Experience developing unit tests
  • Experience mentoring other software engineers
  • Experience estimating level of effort and developing implementation plans
  • Experience with project scoping including resource estimate and developing implementation plans
  • Experience with writing technical online documentation

Desirable, but not required

  • Experience with agile development practices
  • Experience with relational databases
  • Experience with web development
  • Experience with cloud computing services and techniques
  • Experience with machine learning techniques
  • Familiarity with Mac OS

****Individuals with experience from other fields who possess related basic qualifications are encouraged to apply. Substitution of additional relevant education or experience for stated qualifications will be considered****

Education/ Experience: 

A Bachelor's degree in an engineering or science discipline and a minimum of 8+ years of experience in software engineering or development. A Master's degree in an engineering or science discipline preferred but not required.

Must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident for ITAR compliance.

The starting position and salary are commensurate with education and experience. We offer an excellent and generous benefits package (Click here to explore our benefits).

TO APPLY: Share your experience by uploading a resume and completing an online application.  Applications received by January 15, 2022 will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered until the position is filled.

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