HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 14-17
Opening date: March 13, 2014
Closing date: April 4, 2014

TITLE: Electronics Technician (Digital), GS-856, Grade 11; $59,175 - $76,928/yr plus 6.24% COLA
TYPE OF POSITION: Federal Career/Career-Conditional Appointment
DIVISION: - Radio Geoastronomy Division, Submillimeter Array (SMA)
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified U.S. Citizens.

Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities should apply to Job Announcement #14-16.


-Perform the maintenance and ongoing debugging of the correlator at the SMA site in Hawaii. A priority is the requirement that the correlator be operational every night, and is reliable in the long term.

Write and modify testing and diagnostic software (programs in C, various script languages) for preventative and corrective maintenance of the correlator and microcontrollers. Many of the digital correlator's state machine functions are encoded in ASICs and FPGAs.

Design, fabricate and test new subsystems as needed. Perform analysis (electronic, thermal or microwave) of various components, subsystems etc. Performs related tasks such as intra-rack airflow control, environmental monitoring and control, etc. Ensure documentation accurately reflects systems as designed and installed. Provide technical oversight to other technicians in these areas as appropriate. Provide wide range of supporting documentation, including presentations to scientists and engineers.

-Regularly drive the company vehicles to and from the work site in a safe and responsible manner. Attend regular safety training with other staff members so as assist injured or ill members of the Mauna Kea community when needed.

QUALIFICATIONS : One year of full-time experience at the GS-9 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes activities such technical support for state-of-the-art digital systems, operating high-speed digital oscilloscopes, logic and spectrum analyzers. Good hands on electronics skills to isolate and repair faults in multi-layered boards with a wide range of IC's such as FPGAs, ASICs and DSPs.


Three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree provided the degree is directly related to the work of the position.

Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications; for example, a half year of experience and a half year of education in the field may be qualifying.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We are only accepting online applications for this position. To apply please visit USAJOBS

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