Sr. Software Engineer

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Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS)
CA, United States

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Sr. Software Engineer


San Diego, CA 



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Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) is a private technology company that designs, develops and operates space camera systems for government and commercial aerospace customers and provides services in spacecraft instrument operations and space science research. The software group is a small, hands-on, science-driven team environment where initiative and self-governance are essential. 

Essential Functions
  • Designs, develops, tests and deploys complex software and tool solutions in support of camera systems, operations and internal customer deadlines.
  • Supports system upgrades and maintenance.
  • Provides documentation as requested in support of project and customer requirements.
  • Researches alternative and open-source approaches to problems.
  • Follows the software development lifecycle and arenas of best practice. 
  • Capable of good formal and even better informal documentation from design to test.
  • Familiar with modern software design patterns and object-oriented solutions.
  • Responsible for high quality products without dedicated QA.
  • Performs other duties as required or requested which may become essential to this position.

Minimum Qualifications
  • BS/MS in an Engineering or Scientific field, or equivalent experience
  • 8 years of experience developing UNIX command line software or toolkits
  • Fluency in application and command line tool development for Linux and macOS 
  • Fluency in Python, C and C++
  • Loves test driven development

Preferred and Beneficial Skills
  • Software configuration management using Mercurial
  • UNIX shell scripting and make files
  • Comfortable maintaining a large legacy code base
  • Experience with earth or planetary remote sensing
  • Development of 2D and 3D interactive graphic applications
  • Applications development using Qt
  • Image processing algorithms, techniques and their implementation in software or integration into existing user tools
  • Modeling of orbital imaging cameras both radiometrically and geometrically
  • Proficiency with structured query languages such as MySQL and/or PostgreSQL
  • Comfortable with 3D spatial mathematics and geometry
  • Proficiency in full stack development using a Python back-end framework

Physical Requirements
Must be able to remain in a stationary position operating a computer for periods of time, while handling multiple priorities simultaneously. Must be able to communicate clearly with a variety of people on a daily basis. Must be able to comprehend and communicate complex computer software concepts. Ability to handle stressful deadlines from time to time.

The employee must be able to perform the essential functions of the position satisfactorily and, if requested, reasonable accommodations will be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their job, absent undue hardship. The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.

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MSSS is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer