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Job Title:IT Specialist (APPSW)

Agency:Smithsonian Institution

Job Announcement Number:13-24

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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SALARY RANGE:

$55,279.00 to $116,282.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 to Tuesday, August 06, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

IS-2210-09/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Trust Fund. - Full Time.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Cambridge, MA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This position is open to all qualified candidates.  

JOB SUMMARY:

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is part of  the largest and most diverse astrophysical institution in the world, where the staff carries out a broad program of research in astronomy, astrophysics and earth and space sciences. If you would like to join this exciting organization, apply today! 

 

 

This is the position of Information Technology Specialist (Applications Software) in the Atomic and Molecular Physics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The employee will be assigned to the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) Earth satellite project. The employee will be part of a team working to design, develop and implement software for the TEMPO Ground System, including the Science Data Processing Center (SDPC) and Instrument Operations Center (IOC). The software will include operational processing algorithms for production of Level-1, Level-2 and higher data products for gases, aerosols, clouds, and ultraviolet radiation; capability to command the TEMPO instrument; capability to perform analysis of instrument health, safety, and trending. Components include metadata standards, data model, data access layer, query language, registry, grid, and web services. Work may include building connections with a NASA-selected Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) and development of data processing and analysis software to interface to the DAAC. The software will support user queries, data retrieval, and analysis and display of Earth science data. The employee reports to the TEMPO Principal Investigator, Dr. Kelly Chance and works closely with the Data Manager and other members of the team of scientists and programmers participating in the TEMPO project.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Pre and Post background Investigation.
  • May be required to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Direct deposit/electronic funds transfer required for salary payment.
  • Selection may be made at either the grade 9, 11, 12 or 13 level
  • This is a career ladder opportunity with promotion potential to grade 13

DUTIES:

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Duties at the grade 9 level may include, but are not limited to: designing software and participate in all phases of software development lifecycle; designing and generating code following NASA Earth science satellite mission data systems requirements; designing, coding and debugging complex software to support the TEMPO project. 

 

In addition to the duties at the grade 9 level, duties at the grade 11 may include but are not limited to defining system requirements to develop and evaluate systems by working with engineers and scientists.

 

In addition to the duties above, duties at the grade 12 level may include but are not limited to: providing schedule assessment from a technical standpoint, technical guidance to other team members, and overall integration of software modules and other system components and overseeing the translation of design into code.

 

 In addition to the duties above, duties at the grade 13 level may include but are not limited to: analyzing hardware requirements and developing system requirements by evaluating technology and user needs.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.

1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

3. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

AND

Candidates for grade 9 must possess minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 7 in the normal line of progression for this occupation. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position such as functioning as a team to assisting and/or implement all aspects of the software development lifecycle; requirement generation, design, code, verification and testing and maintenance, developing software modules for use by scientist in data analysis, generating documentation for the software according to guidelines. 

Candidates for grade 11 must possess minimum of one year of specialized  experience equivalent to at least the grade 9 in the normal line of progression for this occupation. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position such as skill in advanced debugging techniques and version control software and skill in developing new software, modifying existing programs, and planning, coding, testing, and maintaining programs that may present complex problems. 

Candidates for grade 12 must possess a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 11 in the normal line of progression for this occupation. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position such as knowledge of image handling, graphics, display systems, and database management systems, skill in the development of deliverable software at the subsystem level while conforming to rigid external standards and skill in operation of workstation and microcomputer class computer systems

Candidates for grade 13 must possess a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 12 in the normal line of progression for this occupation. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position such as expert knowledge of Fortran 90.95, and Linux operating systems and expert knowledge of modern programming practices and standards such as object oriented design and programming.

 

 

OR

Education:

All academic degrees and coursework must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions. Undergraduate or Graduate Education: Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.

Grade 9: master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.  Grade 11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
or
3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. 


For qualification standards please check: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs2200/2210-altA.asp

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualification will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of Fortran 90/95 and Linux based operating systems
  • Knowledge of databases and data access via standard protocols
  • Knowledge of web technologies, image handling, graphics, and user interfaces
  • Working knowledge of scientific software development
  • Knowledge of modern programming practices and standards, such as object oriented design and programming.
  • Knowledge of mathematics and physics sufficient to communicate with scientists and engineers concerning the nature of the calculations being performed and algorithms being developed
  • Skill in developing new software, modifying existing programs, and planning, coding, testing, and maintaining programs that may present complex problems
  • Skill in developing software for multiple platforms, using debuggers, code checkers, and configuration management tools
  • Skill in oral and written communication

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BENEFITS:

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This is a Trust fund position. Please refer to our website:

http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/hr/welcome/trust_benefits.html



OTHER INFORMATION:

The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses

The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:
  • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button.
  • Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
  • Clicking the "DONE" tab does not submit your application. The "DONE" tab allows you to exit the system and save your information for completion at a later time. To submit your application, click the "FINISH" tab.
  • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Detailed Resume

School Transcript, if using education to qualify for the position

Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study if applicable

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Mary Hebert
Phone: 617-496-7816
Fax: 617-495-7263
Email: mhebert@cfa.harvard.edu
Agency Information:
SMITHSONIAN
Human Resources
60 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138
Mail Stop 17
Cambridge, MA
02138
US
Fax: 617-495-7263

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will receive an e-mail to acknowledge that your application has been received. Please be aware that the confirmation e-mail could reside in your "junk" or "bulk" mail folder depending on your filters. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully, which may take a few weeks. You may also check your application status by logging into www.usajobs.gov and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:

  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses, but may pay a Recruitment Bonus.
  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity. 

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    Job Announcement Number:

    13-24

    Control Number:

    348052600