Science Software Developer (IT Specialist)

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Publish Date: 
Friday, January 1, 2021
Archive Date: 
Friday, February 26, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Science Software Developer (IT Specialist)

Chandra X-ray Telescope Data System


This is an opportunity with the Data Systems division of the Chandra X-ray Center, which is part of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge MA. One of NASA’s Great Observatories, the Chandra X-ray telescope has been observing for over 20 years and continues to have a positive impact on the scientific understanding of the universe. We seek a software developer to contribute to the continued success of the mission.

Join the Chandra X-ray Center and become part of the team working to support and maintain the science and data processing tools and libraries of the Data system software development group. The individual will work with the existing software development team to extend system capabilities in response to operational and scientific requests, maintain existing tools through system upgrades and migrations, and support the software system through all phases of the software development cycle.


Specific Duties include:

Communication with scientists for software requirements and testing

Developing and maintaining software through all phases of the software development lifecycle

Documenting software for CXC operations staff and scientific users worldwide

Problem analysis and evaluation in support of science operations and user input

Work as part of a team


Knowledge required for the position includes:

Experience working on Linux and MacOS

Proficiency in software development with C/C++, Python, and/or Java

Ability to utilize modern programming practices and standards

Exposure to mathematics in order to communicate with scientists/engineers concerning the nature of the calculations being performed and algorithms being developed

Ability to utilize code versioning tools and continuous integration and testing environments

We offer a challenging working environment in partnership with scientists, data systems operations teams, and an existing software development team, to bring Chandra data products and science analysis tools to the astronomical community at large.


Benefits include health and dental insurance, vacation and sick time, an institution contributed retirement plan, a flexible spending account, and several insurance opportunities that are all described at the USAJobs link below or on request from the contact person identified on the site.


We will only accept applications online for this position. For complete information and online application procedures, please visit USAJOBS



We are an equal employment opportunity employer, committed to diversity in our workplace.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
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