Software Manager- #0038053

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Space Telescope Science Institute
Street Line 1: 
3700 San Martin Drive
United States of America
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Bring your passion for what you do and come join the Data Management Division (DMD) team at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). STScI is looking for a Software Manager to provide leadership, supervision, technical direction, and mentorship of a complementary team of software engineers, database engineers and astronomers. DMD is responsible for a multi-petabyte astronomical data archive that maintains Hubble, Kepler, GALEX, TESS and future James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission data.

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


Data management at STScI is evolving both in terms of the types of products and services we build, but also in the environment we deploy and operate. The Scientific Managing team is leading the development of novel data management platforms (based on JupyterHub) to support the science of the astronomy community and migrating legacy data pipelines and analytics workloads to the public cloud. You will work with a team that is passionate about the work they do in support of astronomers around the world.

Roles & Responsibilities

Evolve platforms to meet future data needs of the astronomical community

Translate scientific needs into software requirements

Manage software engineers working in an agile environment

Provide project management including coordination, detail planning, and direction

Provide functional management including recruitment, mentoring, and training

Establish goals and track expected results to closure

Develop, maintain and support continuous improvement activities

Coordinate with other groups both within and outside STScI

Qualifications & Job Requirements:

You have a BS/BA in Engineering, Computer Science, Astronomy, Physics, or a related scientific or technical field.

10+ years of progressive technical, management and leadership experience including team leadership

Demonstrated Cloud software architecture and software development expertise

Demonstrated very effective communication skills

Demonstrated experience managing staff developing and supporting a large complex system

Software engineering experience including agile techniques

Solid understanding and history of promoting automated testing

Good working knowledge of code versioning tools such as Git, etc.

Experience with data models and web APIs

Demonstrated project management experience

US citizen or Permanent Resident to meet ITAR requirements

Helpful skills:

Familiarity with Web Services (RESTful APIs, SOAP etc.)

Experience with large data sets and databases

Experience with complex, JavaScript-based visualizations

Experience of working to accessibility and security compliance standards

Experience working within an environment that supports a science community

Experience with Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD)

Experience of designing high-availability web applications

Experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Experience with Jupyter Notebooks

To Apply: Share your experience by completing an online application. Please upload one cover letter and resume on one PDF document for review. Relocation assistance may be available. Due to the holidays, applications will be received up until  January 15, 2020.

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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. 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.

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

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Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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