Senior Software Engineer

Job Summary

Science Engineering
Space Telescope Science Institute
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)

Baltimore, MD
United States

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. 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 is hiring a Senior Software Engineer in the Science Calibration Software Branch (SCSB ) to work on libraries supporting the calibration pipelines and data analysis tools. The Software Engineer will contribute to the effort to develop open source libraries for Astronomy in support of the JWST and Roman calibration pipelines.

Day to day in this role, you will work with developers at STScI and around the world to 

- develop and maintain open source libraries, like astropy, gwcs and astropy affiliated packages

-  develop and maintain the Advanced Scientific Data Format (ASDF)

- support STScI missions using the ASDF format

- optimize software for use with large data sets, including in the cloud environment


- Strong experience in Python and at least one compiled language.
   You will be working mostly in Python though experience with C/C++ is beneficial.

- Familiarity with I/O on large datasets

- Experience with coordinate transformations, projections or modeling software is a plus

- Familiarity with YAML, JSON, HDF5 or other data formats is a plus

- Experience with a distributed version control system, like GIT, in a team environment

- Familiarity with open development environments is beneficial

- Strong teamwork, analytical, problem-solving, planning and organizational skills

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential

The position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy or Physics or a comparable degree. Substitution of additional relevant education or experience for stated qualifications will be considered. 

Compensation is commensurate with education, skills and experience. 

Our excellent benefits include:

  • Employer retirement contribution – direct STScI contribution of 10% of your salary from your first day
  • Generous time off benefits that include eight paid holidays, two discretionary holidays, up to 24 days of vacation leave, and 12 days for sick leave
  • Flexible work schedule with healthy work/life balance
  • Comprehensive medical/dental/vision/prescription plans, and more!

TO APPLY: Please upload a resume.  

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Applications received by 4/11/2024 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

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Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Notes

Our Robust and Competitive Benefit Programs

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2024 Mar 13
Application Deadline
2024 Apr 11


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