Senior Software Engineer (DevOps) - #0002147

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Space Telescope Science Institute
Street Line 1: 
3700 San Martin Drive
Street Line 3: 
3700 San Martin Drive
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Bring your passion for what you do and come join the Data Management Division (DMD) with The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) as a Senior Software Engineer (DevOps).

The DMD is responsible for a multi-petabyte astronomical data archive, the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescope (MAST), which maintains the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), Kepler, GALEX, and TESS mission data. It will maintain mission data for the future James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), launching in 2021 and Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (Roman), launching in the mid-2020s.

DMD is seeking several experienced DevOps Engineers to help build development assets upfront for our missions, geared towards operating in a DevOps mode for smoother, quicker, and more reliable development and deployment of software deliverables. You will work with a team that is passionate about the work they do in support of astronomers around the world.

We are located in Baltimore, MD. We offer an excellent and generous benefits package, tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedules and a stimulating and diverse work environment. Explore our benefits:

The DevOps Engineer Role

DMD is seeking a qualified and motivated candidates to work in both on-premises and cloud computing environments to maintain STScI’s position as a world leader in the development of software for astronomy and providing high quality, science ready data. You will help build development assets for missions geared towards operating in a DevOps mode for faster, and more reliable development and deployment of software deliverables. You will join a team of software developers and astronomers to take the software, hardware, and tools being developed in Data Management Division (DMD) and make them available to our Science Operations staff.

About you

You're a creative, highly motivated, engaged and driven DevOps Engineer looking for an exciting opportunity to automate CI/CD processes. You can work across teams to develop a shared purpose, vision and strategy for moving our organization forward. You have significant experience stream lining software integration and deployment processes by incorporating CICD best practices enabling organizations to more reliably deploy software of higher quality and greater frequency. You thrive in an environment that offers you significant freedom to develop novel solutions but you also have a proven commitment to excellence. You understand the critical role that automation plays in building reliable systems and you embrace the 'DevOps' mentality and believe that engineers should share operations ownership of the systems they build.

The Role and Responsibilities (may vary for each opening):

  • Develop, manage and maintain CI/CD pipelines that are flexible and easy to maintain (Ansible, Jenkins, Groovy)
  • Maintain application running on-premises in our datacenter
  • Automate and write high quality, well designed software and scripts using Java, Python, and BASH
  • Build monitoring capability for our applications using ELK stack and other tools
  • Build dashboards using Kibana for essential KPIs of the applications
  • Integrate testing and security tools to CI/CD pipelines
  • Establish DevOps best practices
  • Write and run shell scripts in Linux
  • Cloud compute to automate and write high quality, well designed software and scripts using Java, Python, and BASH
  • Deploying services with Docker, Podman and/or Kubernetes
  • Context-switch, supporting developers and/or operations staff on an interrupt basis, while focusing on building software tools to reduce churn
  • Developing/deploying active and passive monitoring of all critical services


Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Software Engineering or a relevant field with a minimum of 2 to 3 years working experience in a DevOps environment

  • Cloud compute experience with an ability to automate and write high quality, well designed software and scripts using Java, Python, and BASH
  • OS level knowledge/experience/interest, particularly on Linux and/or Windows
  • Experience developing/deploying active and passive monitoring of all critical services
  • Experience working with Git
  • Worked in an Agile development environment
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Desirable but not mandatory:

  • Strong software development background
  • Object-oriented design
  • Software testing and debugging

TO APPLY: This position is available immediately. Please upload one cover letter and resume on one PDF document for review. Relocation assistance may be available. Applications received by May 28, 2021 will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered until the position is filled.

Direct Link: Senior Software Engineer (DevOps)

STScI has most staff working virtually from home during the 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 will on-board virtually. We will then ship systems to you to enable working from home until it is safe to report to our Baltimore offices. If applicable, relocation benefits will be available to those eligible when travel can be supported but employees are required to be resident in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Included Benefits: 
Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 28, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, May 28, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Shelly Abrams
Lead Employment Specialist
Space Telescope Science Institute
United States of America
United States of America
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