Software Engineer II - #0001569

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, January 8, 2021
Archive Date: 
Friday, February 5, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
Space Telescope Science Institute
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

In this position, you will collaborate with team members to develop, maintain, deploy, and support webserver and desktop applications which are used by astronomers to plan observations for the James Webb Space Telescope.

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is the science operations center for several NASA missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the most famous space observatory in history. We also lead the science and mission operations for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), planned to launch in 2021, and will perform parts of the science operations for the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (former WFIRST), in formulation for launch in the mid-2020s.

In this position, you will collaborate with team members to develop, maintain, deploy, and support webserver and desktop applications which are used by astronomers to plan observations for the James Webb Space Telescope.  You will:

Design, develop, and support webserver applications, project team test infrastructure, and other ancillary systems

Support and administer production web application and internal servers

Collaborate in a small team setting

Work independently, given a well-defined set of requirements

Adapt to changing requirements

Organize multiple projects

Document and report items accurately and in a timely manner

Job Requirements 

We invite you to apply if you have a BS/BA in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related scientific or technical field and a minimum of 3 years of software development experience, including:

Experience with one or more object-oriented languages, such as Python and Java

Experience with shell scripting (bash or similar language)

Experience with Linux/Unix software installation and system administration

Basic competency in networking and SQL databases

Basic competency with a distributed version control system such as git

Good written and verbal communication skills

Good problem solving and debugging skills

Good collaboration skills and a team-player mentality

Preferred Experience

Python, especially in the tornado webserver and websocket libraries

Java application development

Tomcat webserver

AWS, including any compute, database, management, networking, storage, or security skills 

Server development

Security compliance


ElasticSearch and Kibana

Agile development practices


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 January 23, 2020 will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered until the position is filled.

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STScI has most staff working virtually from home during the COVID-19 crisis through June 2021. 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. 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 within a limited time from their start date.

AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, 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. Learn more at

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA and all of the centers, do not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements that are included for protection and to assist us in our record keeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.

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.

Veterans, disabled individuals or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process can contact us at EOE/AA/M/F/D/V Voted to the Baltimore Magazine Hall of Fame in 2020– Top 25 Places to Work in Baltimore. 

Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 5, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, February 5, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
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