The Space Telescope Science Institute is at the forefront of space borne scientific exploration. Our Science & Mission Scheduling Branch (SMSB) in the Science Operations and Engineering Division is seeking a Science Operations Scientist to provide science ground system end-to-end test and operations technical support for two NASA space astronomy missions: the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (Roman)! You will write and execute test plans for the science operations ground software systems for the Roman Space Telescope. You will also support science mission operations in the development and execution of step-by-step procedures and tools that utilize their tested software applications to ensure the safe operation and most efficient use possible of the assigned science observatory.
****STScI has all staff working remotely during COVID-19 crisis. The safety of our staff and community is our top priority. We will continue to interview and screen candidates in this new virtual landscape. Offers of employment can be extended and new hires can on-board virtually and will be shipped systems to be able to work remotely until it is safe to report to our Baltimore offices. Relocation benefits will be available to those eligible when travel can be supported****
Your Role & Experience:
- Basic knowledge of physics, astronomy, and orbital mechanics concepts is required.
- Knowledge of UNIX or LINUX operating systems is required.
- Working knowledge of Python or a similar scripting language is highly desired.
- A Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, Astronomy or Mathematics is required. Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or discipline with prior science planning and scheduling experience may also be considered.
Prior experience with ground system testing involving developing and executing software component and system end-to-end test procedures and scripts is preferred.
Space science mission operations experience and/or course work associated with space science mission development, space science observatory planning and scheduling, orbital dynamics, and instrumentation is highly desired.
- Understanding of Docker and the Continuous Integration process, as well as basic software development principles.
- Ability to work independently and carry through assigned tasks.
- Ability to formulate and resolve problems through research and application of standard scientific, mathematical and computation skills and techniques.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships, both internally and externally.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills to include technical writing skills.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail and follow-through are essential.
- Ability to work in and actively contribute to a team environment.
This position requires 2nd and 3rd shift work in support of JWST and Roman launch and commissioning.
Candidates must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident. ITAR clearance is required.
You are requested to complete an on-line application through the STScI website at www.stsci.edu/opportunities and attach a resume and cover letter in the "Resume Upload Section." Resumes received by July 25, 2020 will receive full consideration.
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