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Software Engineer

The Bay Area Environmental Research (BAER) Institute, is seeking a Software Engineer for the Space Traffic Management Concept of Operations (STM ConOps) project, within the NASA Ames Research Center, located in Moffett Field, CA.

This is a full-time, 40-hours per week, entry- or mid-level position.  

The initial position is for a 7-month period, which may be extended if funding is available.

Space is becoming increasingly congested as the number of on-orbit satellites and debris objects continue to grow.  STM is critical for ensuring that the expanding orbital population operates safely and efficiently, avoiding collisions, radio-interference, and unreasonable risk to human life, while still facilitating widespread space operations.  NASA Ames Research Center has designed the concept of operations (ConOps) for a civilian STM research initiative, building on previous NASA work to enable safe operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (NASA UAS Traffic Management or UTM).  The STM ConOps proposes an architecture to facilitate safe spaceflight operations. It is designed to utilize and promote the emerging field of commercial STM services, as a complement to existing government-provided STM services.

For more information about the project, please contact Dr. Sreeja Nag at [email protected].

Duties and Responsibilities

Help develop the first software prototype of the STM architecture, bootstrapped from the UTM codebase.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, or related technical field, from an accredited college or university
Experience in Software Development and Coding
Open source Java techniques like Spring Boot, Spring MVC
Working with relational databases like Postgres
Building service-oriented solutions and RESTful microservices
Strong understanding of Java multithreading, concurrency, and memory management
Strong adherent of writing both unit tests and integration tests
Maven/Gradle build experience
Strong knowledge of Git, including version control, branching, merging/rebasing, and pull requests
Strong focus on automation including Continuous integration/Deployment, especially using Groovy or Jenkins pipelines

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology
Experience with cloud technologies such as AWS

Salary & Benefits

$75,000 to $85,000 per year, depending on experience.

The job benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance, a 403b defined contribution plan for which employer contributes 10% of gross salary, eligibility for participation in optional 403b tax-deferred annuity plan, 10 paid holidays, and a total of 3 weeks of vacation per year through accrual of 10 hours of vacation and 8 hours of sick-time per month.

Application Instructions

Submit resumes, a one-page research statement, and 2-3 letters of reference to: [email protected].

Application packages must be received by October 19, 2018.

Additional Details

Must be U.S. Citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident, or Foreign National eligible for either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence.

he Bay Area Environmental Research Institute is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, medical condition, gender identity, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

If you have a disability that requires accommodation, please contact Donna Turnley of the BAER Institute Human Resources Office at [email protected].

The Bay Area Environmental Research (BAER) Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have received numerous grants and contracts from NASA and other federal and state agencies for scientific research. BAER Institute prides itself on providing a comfortable and supportive home for its researchers. We are continually looking for qualified, enthusiastic employees. You are submitting your information for consideration to a position that is currently available under the ARC-CREST cooperative agreement at NASA Ames Research Center.  If selected, your employment offer will be with BAER Institute and you will be working on-site at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, CA.  More information on BAER Institute can be found at:

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