Cloud Development Engineer- ESS

Job Summary

Science Engineering
Space Telescope Science Institute
Engineering & Science Solutions Branch in Information Technology Services Division
Number of Positions Available
Could the duration be extended?
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)

Baltimore, MD
United States

Job Description

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.

The IT Division is seeking a Cloud Development Engineer who is experienced in scoping infrastructure for customer requirements. STScI is the science operations center for several NASA missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). STScI hosts the MAST archive that contains data from more than 20 missions. MAST will also contribute to science operations for the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, including its archive, in formulation for launch in the mid-2020s.

This position can support remote work (occasional days onsite). 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.

Primary Responsibilities:

 Build, implement and support Lambda, S3, Cloud Front, CloudWatch, Identity & Access Management (IAM) security services as needed.

  • Build, deploy, and manage IaC with automation for infrastructure leveraging CI/CD pipelines and other DevOps tools.
  • Writing and maintaining code in languages such as Python with unit tests in a complex system component utilizing SDLC.
  • Build coding standardizations and automating processes for the organization.
  • Advocates improvements for resources, tags, governance, and optimization.
  • Advocates for containerization and automation, configuration, and fine-tuning cloud infrastructure systems.
  • Managing existing Kubernetes and EKS environments.
  • Communicate with the Network and Security team to implement recommended baselines and fixes as needed for compute workloads on the AWS cloud.
  • Translating function and technical requirements into detailed documentation and design.

Skills and Qualifications: These skills are required to succeed in this role.

Proficient in infrastructure and configuration management. Knowledgeable in CloudFormation and/or Terraform. Python expertise is preferred. Other languages are expected. Extensive experience with AWS and CloudFormation.  Familiarity with Kubernetes administration and development.

Must have hands-on experience and an understanding of best practices with AWS cloud services, including infrastructure, IAM, security, networking, and cost optimization.

  • Strong in Linux & AWS services like (Compute, RDS, Container, VPC, Storage Services, Security Groups, High Availability, S3, CloudWatch).
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with CloudFormation and/or Terraform is preferred.
  • Experience with building software applications, SDLC, and CI/CD.
  • Should have experience with containerization and container orchestration.
  • Experience setting up and configuring AWS components using CLI and automation tools.
  • Experience with troubleshooting VPC, Subnets, Security Groups, and NACL.
  • Experience in debugging AWS services/environment issues.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Minimum five years of experience as a Software Developer, System Development Engineer, Site Reliability Engineer, or System Administrator.
  • Hands-on cloud infrastructure management experience.

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Eight years of extensive experience as a Software Developer, System Development Engineer, or Site Reliability Engineer.
  • Hands-on AWS cloud infrastructure management experience.
  • Prior work with Kubernetes and containerized environments.

Substitution of additional relevant education or experience for stated qualifications will be considered.

Compensation is commensurate with education, skills and experience.

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Applications received by 05/05/2024 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

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor 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 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 under these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements for protection and assisting us in our record-keeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Type
Included Benefits

Comprehensive Benefits:

  • Medical, dental, prescription, and vision
  • Employer-sponsored Retirement Plan: 10% direct company contribution
  • Vacation: Up to 5 weeks of paid vacation a year
  • Sick Leave: Up to 12 sick days a year
  • Paid Holidays: 8 regular holidays and 2 personal holidays
  • Employee Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan
  • Flexible Work Schedules / Telecommuting Options Available
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Free Parking
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Company-paid Life, Short-term Disability, and Long-term Disability


Compensation Notes


    Application Details

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    Publication Start Date
    2024 Apr 08
    Application Deadline
    2024 May 05


    Michelle Raphael