Senior Software Engineer - #0045704

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Space Telescope Science Institute
Street Line 1: 
3700 San Martin Drive
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is the science operations center for several NASA missions. This includes the Hubble Space Telescope, the most famous space observatory in history, and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), planned to launch in 2021. The Space Telescope Science Institute is seeking a Senior Software Engineer to contribute new software to support the calibration of observations to enable the next generation of discoveries in astrophysics! At STScI, you will be building innovative calibration software for processing and analysis of observations from NASA's flagship observatories.

You will collaborate with a team that is passionate about the work they do in support of astronomers around the world. We offer an excellent and generous benefits package, tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedules and a stimulating and diverse work environment.

**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 could 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 primary responsibilities in this job 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 reductions of astronomical observations and interact with astronomers to deliver innovative solutions to solve cutting-edge astronomical problems.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Developing software for spectroscopic data reductions
  • Contributing to open source python packages for scientific analysis
  • Automating pipeline processing and data quality monitoring

Your Qualifications and Job Requirements:

  • You are able to identify problems and implement solutions and offer guidance to development teams and end-users.
  • Expertise in using Python.
  • Expertise in data reduction for astronomical observations
  • Familiarity with open source libraries like numpy, scipy, and astropy
  • Familiarity using Git in a team setting
  • Familiarity with test development for software
  • Familiarity with spectroscopy, infrared observations, and astronomy
  • 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.

Bachelor’s Degree in IT, Computer Science, Engineering, Astronomy, or related field. The position level and salary are commensurate with education and experience.

To Apply: You are requested to complete an on-line application through the STScI website. Please upload a cover letter and resume on one PDF document for review. Applications received by May 26, 2020 will receive full consideration.

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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.

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Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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