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DevOps Engineer

Baltimore, MD Space Telescope Science Institute

DevOps Engineer (Senior Level Opportunity) – #0036873a

Posted: December 23, 2019

Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
Salary: $82,959.00 to 161,770.00

Job Details


Bring your talent and join the Data Management Division (DMD) at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)! STScI is the science operations center for several NASA missions including the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled to launch in 2021. The DMD is seeking an experienced DevOps engineer to join the world leader in the development of software for astronomy. You will collaborate with a team that is passionate about their work developing cutting-edge software to enable scientific breakthroughs. We offer an excellent and generous benefits package, tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedules and a stimulating and diverse work environment. Explore our benefits:

Your role and responsibilities:

We are seeking a DevOps Engineer to work in both on-premises and cloud computing environments to maintain STScI’s position as a world leader in the development of software for astronomy and providing high quality, science ready data. You will help build development assets upfront for missions geared towards operating in a DevOps mode for smoother, faster, and more reliable development and deployment of software deliverables.

You will join a team of operations staff, software developers, and astronomers to take the software, hardware, and tools being developed in DMD and make them available to our Science
Operations staff.

Experience, Skills and Qualifications:

Your proficiency with one or more of the following is desired:

Developing and supporting CI/CD pipelines with zero downtime deployments (Ansible, Jenkins)

Version control experience with in git, including branching, tagging and release management

Experience with software build/packaging/publishing tools such as PyPi, Gradle, Maven, CMake, etc.

Comfortable multi-tasking supporting developers and/or operations staff on an interrupt basis, as well as focusing on building software tools to reduce toil.

Deep OS level knowledge/experience/interest, particularly in Linux.

Experience in using containerization technologies. Docker experience preferred.

Desire to automate all manual processes.

Programming experience in Python, Java, and Linux shell scripts.

Experience developing/deploying active and passive monitoring of all critical services.

The ideal candidate is passionate about automation, traceability, and working/solving critical issues hitting production services; is comfortable analyzing a set of call stacks, a core dump, or a tcpdump trace.

Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, or the equivalent technical degree and a minimum of 4 years of experience. A strong software development background is
more important than a background in astronomy or data analysis.

Applications received by February 1, 2020 will receive full consideration.

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 the careers email address listed on our website. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to
receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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)

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