Senior Science Software Engineer

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Archive Date: 
Thursday, October 13, 2022
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
Space Telescope Science Institute
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is a multi-mission science and flight 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. Visit our website to learn more about our missions. This position can support hybrid work. Candidates must reside in or be willing to relocate to our local market. (MD, DE, VA, PA, DC & WV).

At STScI, we are building innovative calibration software for the processing and analysis of observations from these NASA’s flagship missions in support the astronomical community. We are hiring a Senior Science Software Engineer to join one of the largest open source projects in astronomy working with our Science Calibration Software Team.

Responsibilities include:

In this position, you will be responsible for developing software for processing astronomical data in a fast-paced, multi-mission environment. You will build calibration software capable of precise reductions of astronomical observations and interact with astronomers to deliver innovative solutions to solve cutting-edge astronomical problems.

Developing software for spectroscopic data reductions

Contributing to open source Python packages for scientific analysis

Automating pipeline processing and data quality monitoring


We prefer a degree in Computer Science, Physics or Astronomy, or a relevant field with a minimum of 5 years software development experience.

You are able to identify problems and implement solutions and offer guidance to development teams and end-users.

Expertise using Python

Experience with open source libraries like NumPy, SciPy, astropy

Familiarity using Git in a team setting

Familiarity with testing tools

Familiarity with spectroscopy and astronomical observation

Strong teamwork, analytical, problem-solving, planning and organizational skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential

This position requires US Citizenship or Permanent Residence in order to meet ITAR requirements.

The starting position and salary are commensurate with education and experience. We offer an excellent and generous benefits package.

TO APPLY: Share your experience by uploading a resume and completing an online application. Applications received by October 13, 2022 will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered until the position is filled.

Direct link: Senior Science Software Engineer - #0005570

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COVID-19 Working Protocols:

STScI offers a flexible and welcoming workspace for all. STScI embraces the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in creating a first-rate community. We reflect this deep dedication by strongly encouraging women, ethnic 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 [email protected] EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

As a leader in the astronomical community, AURA 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

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Application Deadline: 
Thursday, October 13, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, October 14, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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