Senior Software Engineer / Astronomy Data - #0004576

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Space Telescope Science Institute
Department Name: 
Human Resources
Street Line 3: 
3700 San Martin Drive
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is a multi-mission science 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. This is a hybrid onsite/virtual position. Candidates must reside in the local area to work onsite as needed.

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 searching for a Senior Software Engineer to join one of the largest open source projects in astronomy working with our Science Calibration Software Team.

Your Role & Responsibilities

The Software Engineer will contribute to the effort to develop the Advanced Scientific Data Format (ASDF) and support open source libraries for Astronomy. Day to day in this role, you will:

Work with a team of developers at STScI and around the world to develop and maintain the ASDF standard and libraries

  • Support STScI missions using the ASDF data format
  • Contribute to open source libraries, like Astropy and its affiliated packages
  • Optimize software for use with large data sets, including in a cloud environment

Your Experience, Skills & Qualifications:

  • Strong experience in Python and at least one compiled language
  • Experience with I/O on large datasets
  • Familiarity with YAML, JSON, HDF5 or other data formats
  • Familiarity with open development environments
  • Knowledge of Git and Git workflows in a team setting

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

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. STScI offers a flexible and welcoming workspace for all.

TO APPLY: Share your experience by uploading a resume and cover letter and completing an online application.  Applications received by June 9, 2022 will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered until the position is filled.

COVID Working Protocols:

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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

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, 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.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$90000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$125000.00 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
Salary and position based on experience
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Shelly Abrams
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Senior Software Engineer / Astronomy Data - #0004576