Astronomer/scientific software engineer

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Archive Date: 
Saturday, July 23, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Computational Physics, Inc.
Street Line 1: 
8001 Braddock Road
Street Line 2: 
Suite 210
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Computational Physics, Inc. (CPI) is seeking a scientific software engineer/developer with a background in space systems, astronomy, or physics to support our customers at the United States Naval Observatory (USNO). The USNO develops tools for navigation in GPS-unavailable environments. The Astrometric Reference and Guidance from Observations of Satellites (ARGOS) project is a global network of USNO telescopes and supporting infrastructure that are used to observe near-field (i.e., solar system) targets, astrometrically and photometrically process astronomical data, calculate orbits, and note and report anomalies. Responsibilities of this position include: developing algorithms supporting astrometric and photometric processing of observation data; developing tools that support high-fidelity and high-accuracy orbit determination; developing software system infrastructure supporting ARGOS processing pipelines; leading the ARGOS DevSecOps activities; and building ancillary analysis tools and models. The ARGOS team works in an Agile development environment with a Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment and test-first philosophy. The position is located at the USNO in Washington, D.C. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Our contract from the Navy requires that CPI employees working at the USNO be U.S. citizens. U.S. citizenship is thus a requirement for this position.

For a more detailed description of the position and requirements, please see our corporate employment web page:


Included Benefits: 

CPI is an employee-owned company. Benefits: paid vacation, sick, leave and holidays; health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability; 401(k) plan, profit-sharing plan, employee stock ownership plan; continuing education and professional association reimbursements. CPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 29, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Richard Cember
Senior Scientist and Recruiter
Computational Physics, Inc.
United States of America
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Astronomer/scientific software engineer