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Associate Test Engineer I – #0002036

Space Telescope Science Institute

This is a Full-time position in Baltimore, MD posted May 3, 2021.

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is the science operations center for several NASA missions, including the most famous space observatory in history; the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).

We also lead the science and mission operations for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), planned to launch in October2021 and will perform parts of the science operations for the Nancy Grace Roman Survey Telescope (Roman), in formulation for launch in the mid-2020s.We are seeking candidates for an associate level Test Engineer position to join our Commanding Certification Branch in our growing Systems Engineering, Integration & Test and Flight Operations Division (SEITO).

You have 0-2 years of experience in software development and testing and recent graduates and soon to graduate candidates are invited to apply.

In this position you will support the planning and execution of complex systems for the James Webb Space Telescope.

We will train and mentor for this associate level position.STScI offers an excellent and generous benefits package, tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedules, and a stimulating and diverse work environment.

Relocation assistance may be available.

Explore our benefits:, we are in the Highly Restricted On-site Presence status for our staff through June 30, 2021.

This reflects the evolving COVID-19 environment and current work from home phase for most of the staff.

In this position.

Your onsite presence at the Muller building will be required for some essential work as scheduled from the start of your employment.

The health and safety of our staff is the primary concern.

We have a high level of scrutiny for any on-site staff and all of our current COVID-19 protocols and procedures are in effect.

Unfortunately, we cannot arrange an onsite visit prior to your decision.Your Role of a Test Engineer:In this job, you will:become knowledgeable in the operation of the JWST science instruments and spacecraftdevelop onboard software (JavaScript) to command the JWST science instrumentssupport all aspects of front-end and back-end software designdevelop science operation products to test onboard script executionoperate spacecraft, observatory and ground system simulators and/or actual flight software and hardwaredevelop tools and applications to support testingYour 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.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 0-2 years of academic or work experience in software development and testing.

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.We are looking for applicants with experience with one or more of the following:Utilizing programming technologies to code algorithms that satisfy software requirementsDesigning and executing tests to verify software requirements, especially for end-to-end testing of software systemsDesigning and developing large complex software systemsExperience with scientific spacecraft instrumentation command and control functionsWorking knowledge of JavaScript, Python or Java or other programming languagesSoftware development utilizing relational databasesKnowledge of NASA scientific spacecraft is helpfulCandidates must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident.

Qualification for ITAR clearance is required.To Apply: Share your experience by completing an on-line application.

Please upload a cover letter and resume in one document for review.

Applications received by April 16, 2021 will receive full consideration.

Applications received after this date will be considered until the positions are filled.Direct Job Link:, 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 workforce.

Learn more at 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 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

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– Top 25 Places to Work in Baltimore.

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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.

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