Global Science & Technology, Inc.
  • Technology
  • Greenbelt, MD, USA
  • Full Time

Global Science & Technology, Inc., a fast growing high technology firm is seeking a Software Engineer to work in the Direct Readout Laboratory (DRL) at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Students graduating in 2019 as well as those with 2-3 years of work experience will be considered.  Position is located in Greenbelt, MD.

About the DRL:

The Direct Readout Laboratory (DRL) is a technology showcase for NASA and an information conduit for the Direct Broadcast (DB) community.  Direct Broadcast satellites continuously send their data via a high speed link, and any ground system with suitable receiving equipment will be able to receive this. The DRL has created a framework of software tools that enable the creation of high quality science data products obtained from the ground system, frequently in the form of imagery. This framework known as the International Polar Orbiting Processing Package is designed to be modular, extensible and scalable and uses open source software. Recent successes include the processing of data received from the recently launched Suomi-NPP satellite and JPSS-1, flagship Earth Science missions jointly managed by NASA and NOAA. Recently the DRL has also started work in the processing of Geostationary Orbiting satellite data (GOES-16).

Primary Duties:

Develop software as part of a highly successful small group that creates software for large Earth Science Missions at NASA. Duties could include any or all of the following:

  • Working with an established code base for performing direct readout activities as described in These include porting scientific algorithms, creating a new and powerful website, writing code for the IPOPP (International Polar Orbiting Processing Package) system itself.
  • Working with leading edge computer scientists and physical scientists to evaluate designs for the evolution of IPOPP software.

Required Education Level:

  • BS or MS in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering, or related discipline. Newly graduating students as well as those with 2-3 years of work experience are encouraged to apply.

Required Experience/Skills:  

  • Must have solid Java or C++ software development skills
  • Must have current working knowledge of IDEs (e.g., Eclipse) and version control systems (e.g., SVN)
  • Excellent working knowledge of Unix/Linux and shell scripting languages is a must. A scripting language like Python is desirable.
  • Strong problem solving skills with the ability to work alone and in a highly integrated team and the flexibility to learn new skills as needed

Desired Skills:

  • A good working knowledge of current web technologies is highly desired
  • Courses in, or knowledge of, image processing for remote sensing and the science behind remote sensing will be a plus
  • Other skills include an ability to work in a team environment under guidelines established by the DRL and its sponsor organizations within NASA

Physical Qualification(s) Required:

  • Ability to use a computer.

Mental Qualification(s) Required:

  • Ability to think on one's feet.

U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) is required.

Selected applicants will be subject to a government background investigation.

GST offers competitive salaries; vacation, sick, and holiday leave; major medical, dental, life, long-term and short-term disability insurance; 401K retirement plan; tuition assistance; and opportunities for employee career growth and development. 

You may also fax your resume to (240) 366-5743.  If you need assistance, please call (301) 474-9696.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veterans' status, sexual orientation and gender identity.  GST is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 

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