Chief Engineer

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
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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: 
United States of America
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Support NASA Missions! The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is the science operations center for multiple NASA missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the Roman Space Telescope with a planned launch in 2026, and both the science and flight operations center for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Visit our website ( to learn more about our missions. This position is eligible for hybrid work. Candidates must reside in or be willing to relocate to our local market (MD, DE, VA, PA, DC & WV).

STScI is seeking to fill a Chief Engineer position for the Systems Engineering, Integration & Test and Operations (SEITO) Division.  SEITO’s mission is to provide technical expertise to design, integrate, verify, validate, operate, and maintain NASAs flagship missions.  The Chief Engineer is a senior position that leads STScI on product development with decision-making authority regarding architecture, platforms, processes, toolchains, etc.  The Chief Engineer delivers on the institute's goals and strategies to ensure that the technical solutions meet the current and future needs of all STScI missions and projects.

Role and job responsibilities:

The responsibilities of a Chief Engineer include:

Broad technical leadership for systems engineering, integration & test, software engineering technologies, platforms, architectures, etc.

Strong partnership with Chief Engineers in other Divisions to maintain solution alignment and consistency across the organization.

Identify good-fit, best practices in all software and systems engineering areas including but not limited to DevOps and Agile principles.

Creation, maintenance, and communication of technical roadmaps for software and data products.

Partnership with Division Heads and Mission offices for technical solution design and cost estimation for new missions and science capabilities.

Evaluation of all systems for potential migration to the cloud (AWS).

Identification and recommendation of strategic areas for directed technical training for institute staff.

Evaluation of new, emerging technologies and methods for inclusion into existing and new systems. 

Coordinating changes, identifying and mitigating risk to ensure development and operations teams' successful completion of their work within scope, schedule, and cost.

Enforcing technical, security, and performance expectations for product development by ensuring that overall quality standards are designed into products.

Qualifications and Job Requirements:

Senior-level Technical Expertise:

Systems Engineering (especially Digital Systems Engineering).

CI/CD (e.g., Jenkins, GitLab CI, GitHub Actions).

Test automation.

Software system design, development, and deployment.

Agile (e.g., Scrum, Kanban).

Modern programming languages (preferred, but not required: Python, Java, C++, Ruby).

Familiarity with on-premises and cloud-based (AWS) development and operations.

Familiarity with Cloud migration, cloud-native services.

Familiarity with Infrastructure as Code (IaC, e.g., Terraform, Cloud Formation) a plus.


Balance technical authority with the consultation of stakeholders at all levels.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Collaboration, negotiating, teaming, and working with a diverse workforce.

Fostering the professional development of colleagues and demonstrated ability to nurture an engineering culture within their teams.


This position requires US Citizenship or Permanent Residence to meet ITAR requirements.

The starting position and salary are commensurate with education and experience. We offer an excellent and generous benefits package (

TO APPLY: Share your experience by uploading a resume and completing an online application. Applications received by December 16, 2022, will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered until the position is filled.

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STScI offers a flexible and welcoming workspace for all. STScI embraces the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in creating a first-rate community. We reflect this deep dedication by strongly encouraging women, ethnic 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 [email protected] EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.  #LIHYBRID  #INDHP

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations.  AURA and all of its centers recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity.

AURA sees the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in our desire to build a top-notch scientific community. We reflect that deep dedication 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 [email protected]. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Space Telescope Science Institute
United States of America
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Brian Fincham
Chief Engineer- #0007122a