Scientific Software Engineer - NASA Missions

Job Summary

Science Engineering
Space Telescope Science Institute
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

Support NASA missions! The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is a multi-mission science and flight operations center for NASA’s flagship observatories on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus in Baltimore, Maryland. Learn more about our missions.

This position can support hybrid work onsite and at home.  Candidates must reside in or be willing to relocate to our local market. (MD, DE, VA, PA, DC & WV).

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

Software Engineer Role 

The Data Management Division at the STScI is hiring a Scientific Software Engineer (junior level/2+ years) to help advance our state-of-the-art data pipelines and analysis tools, in addition to Python notebook development for our NASA flagship missions.  

STScI has been a major contributor to the open-source scientific Python software stack, including NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib, and Astropy. We incorporate Jupyter notebooks in data-analysis applications and developing and supporting JupyterLab environments in the cloud. You will be developing both the analysis tools focusing on the challenges of data visualization and the technical aspects of Jupyter notebooks through which they can be accessed.

You will contribute not only to software but also to algorithm development, user support, training, and software engineering process improvement.

Responsibilities include:

You will, design, develop, test and deploy software to assist astronomers in analyzing astronomical data, in close collaboration with STScI’s technical and scientific staff. You will help maintain and extend the current packages as well as build new ones. You will communicate and interact with the open-source community in development forums such as GitHub, as well as in scientific and technical papers and conference presentations. You will provide technical development to Python notebooks that focus on scientific use cases.


You will work principally in advanced Python, but experience with a compiled language such as C or C++ would be beneficial. You will use classes, context managers, exception handling, iterators, decorators, and lambda functions. Experience in multiprocessing, multithreading, or optimizing performance of Python code for large datasets is a plus. You are comfortable with writing unit tests and with test-driven development.

Bachelor’s degree in Computer/Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or Astronomy. Education or professional background in astronomy, or software development in a research environment would help.

Compensation is commensurate with education and experience.

TO APPLY: Please complete an online application and upload a resume and cover letter. Applications received by September 27, 2023 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 strongly encourage 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.

As a leader in the astronomical community, AURA 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 workforce

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Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

 Our excellent benefits include:

Employer retirement contribution – direct STScI contribution of 10% of your salary from your first day

12 days sick leave, up to 24 days’ vacation, and 10 paid holidays

Flexible work schedule with work/life balance

Comprehensive medical/dental/vision/prescription plans, and more!

Compensation Notes

Our Robust and Competitive Benefit Programs

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Sep 08
Application Deadline
2023 Oct 08
Reference Code
Space Telescope Science Institute


Michelle Abrams