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Test Engineer

Baltimore, MD Space Telescope Science Institute

Test Engineer – #0034153a

Posted: December 24, 2019

Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
Salary $54,173.00 to 105,637.00

Job Details


Join our team and take part in work at the forefront of astronomy. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has served as the science operations center for several NASA missions, including the most famous space observatory in history; the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). We are excited to expand our contributions to the scientific community for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) mission to include Flight Operations. Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is seeking a Test Engineer to join our Commanding Branch. In this role you are responsible for developing and testing the onboard commanding of the science instruments for the HST and JWST missions.

Role & Responsibilities of a Test Engineer

In this job, your role would be to:

become knowledgeable in the operation of the James Webb Space Telescope science instruments and spacecraft

develop onboard software (JavaScript) to command the science instruments

support all aspects of front-end and back-end software design

develop science operation products to test onboard script execution

operate spacecraft, observatory and ground system simulators and/or actual flight software and hardware

develop tools and applications to support testing

Job Qualifications

Successful applicants are typically eager to learn and grow in their career, demonstrate great versatility and teamwork, and are creative problem-solvers with strong verbal and written communication skills.

We are looking for applicants with experience with one or more of the following:

Utilizing programming technologies to code algorithms that satisfy software requirements

Designing and executing tests to verify software requirements, especially for end-to-end testing of software systems

Designing and developing large complex software systems

Experience with scientific spacecraft instrumentation command and control functions

Working knowledge of JavaScript, Python or Java or other programming languages

Software development utilizing relational databases

You have a Bachelor of Science degree or higher in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Astrophysics, or a related scientific field, and a minimum of 3 years of recent experience in software development and testing, preferably for a NASA scientific spacecraft. Substitution of additional relevant education or experience for the stated qualifications may be considered. Also, qualified candidates will have strong analytical, problem solving, verbal and written communication skills, and a team player mentality. The starting salary is commensurate to the candidate’s education and experience.

Candidates must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident. Qualification for ITAR clearance is required.

Explore our benefits:

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 laws. The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations.

We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements that are included for protection and to assist us in our record keeping and reporting. Your responses are
kept strictly confidential.

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 our careers email listed on our website. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V Voted to the Baltimore Magazine Hall of Fame in 2015 – Top 25 Places to Work in Baltimore.

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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