Software Engineer II – Webb Space Telescope

  • Full-Time
  • USA
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
  • Candidates must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident. ITAR clearance is required.

Company Details

Expanding the Frontiers of Space Astronomy

Are you seeking a mission-critical role in increasing humanity’s knowledge of the Universe?

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.

The Operations Scripts Subsystem (OSS) team at STScI develops, tests, and supports operational use of scripts that execute onboard the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) observatory. You will work closely with scientists, systems engineers, and the mission operations team to design, implement, and test enhancements to the science and engineering capabilities of the JWST observatory. Your ability to thrive in a diverse, collaborative, cross-team environment with minimal supervision is crucial to mission success.

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).  U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status necessary to meet ITAR requirements.


This role joins a dynamic team with heritage from the Hubble Space Telescope project, providing mission-critical software and support to NASA at the forefront of space-based astronomy.

  • Application of modern software engineering principles and best practices
  • Unit testing and all-path testing
  • Technical writing and documentation
  • Peer reviews of code and test results
  • Teamwork and leadership within small- to medium-sized groups
  • Professional, effective communication with stakeholders from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds
  • On call/off hours as needed to support anomaly response and real-time commanding activities


  • Bachelor’s degree (Engineering or Science discipline) and 4+ years’ experience in software engineering development. Master’s degree in an engineering or science discipline preferred.
  • Experience designing, developing, debugging, and testing in high-level scripting languages such as JavaScript and Python
  • Version control (using Git is a plus)
  • Issue tracking and reporting (using Jira is a plus)
  • Writing technical documentation (using Confluence is a plus)

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


  • Experience with or significant knowledge of NASA missions, spacecraft, and/or science instrument payloads
  • Conducting end-to-end testing including test design and detailed results analysis
  • Object oriented programming in Java
  • Experience with continuous integration (CI) technology and test automation


Compensation is commensurate with education and experience. 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
  • Comprehensive medical/dental/vision/prescription plans, and more!


TO APPLY: Please upload a resume, cover letter and online application

Applications received by September 5, 2023 will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered until the position is filled.


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 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.

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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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