Systems Test Engineer – The Space Telescope Science Institute – Baltimore MD

Requisition Number 17-0019
Post Date 1/27/2017
Title Systems Test Engineer
City Baltimore
State MD
Description The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), located on the Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, MD, is the science operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and the science and mission operations center for the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in October, 2018. Take part in work at the forefront of astronomy in a job that will allow you to be a part of history and offers a competitive salary and generous benefits.

The Archive Sciences Branch in the Operations and Engineering Division (OED) is seeking a Software Test Engineer to work in the multi-mission archive at the STScI, ensuring that the archive data and meta-data are accurate, easily found, clearly presented and delivered to the user. The software test engineer in this role will test multiple user interfaces, which have a number of tools and search capabilities to allow the user to search, examine, and select data. The software test engineer will be responsible for reviewing software requirements, creating of test cases, executing tests (both manual and automated), reporting defects/bugs, and preparing test plans, procedures and reports. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.

Requirements Qualified candidates must have Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or a technically related field.

Candidates with experience with any of the following skills and testing methodologies are preferred:

•Data and database testing. This includes ensuring proper delivery, ingest and propagation of the data and consistency and quality assurance in the application layer that uses the database. Knowledge of relational databases and SQL strongly preferred.
•Web based interfaces and browser/OS compatibility testing. Experience with automated software testing packages is a plus.
•Functionality testing for the user interface and the underlying services of the system as a whole.
•Performance and load testing for latency, concurrency, and availability.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.

Substitution of additional relevant education or experience for the stated qualification may be considered.

This position requires US Citizenship or Permanent Residence in order to meet ITAR requirements.

STScI offers an excellent benefits package, tuition reimbursement, competitive salaries, and a stimulating work environment. Interested candidates are requested to complete an on-line application through our website at or the “Apply Online” link at the bottom of this posting. Please provide a resume in the “Resume Upload Section.” Please include job #17-0019 in the filename. Applications received by February 27, 2017 will receive full consideration.

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