HR: Employment Opportunities
 
 Job posting 14-22
Opening date: March 14, 2014
Closing date: June 13, 2014

TITLE: IT Specialist, IS-2210, Grade 09, 11, 12; $55,279 to $97,787 per year
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (non-federal) Indefinite
DIVISION: - HEA
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified candidates.

First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date.

The software development team of the Chandra data system division has an opening for a software developer to support data reduction and analysis tools for NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. The talented developer will help extend and maintain data reduction and analysis tools written in C, C++, and Python in a Unix environment. We offer a challenging environment working in partnership with scientists and an existing software development team, to bring Chandra science analysis tools and products to the astronomical community at large. Primary activities are in support of the Chandra data pipelines, analysis system (CIAO) and the Chandra Source Catalog project.

DUTIES:

Duties at the grade 9 level may include, but are not limited to: designing software and participate in all phases of software development lifecycle; developing new software modules to be used in complex software systems supporting data processing and analysis on multiple Unix platforms; maintaining and modifying legacy software; testing and verifying new and existing software; developing user and interface documentation; and providing support to the user community.

In addition to the duties at the grade 9 level, duties at the grade 11 may include but are not limited to: designing, coding and debugging software components/modules to support scientific data analysis and reduction, and data archiving and retrieval on workstation computer and image display systems and assisting other programmers and scientists in developing programs for and in use of the CXC data system. 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 within the CXC programming team; coordinating software development activities between subsystem teams to ensure design consistency.

QUALIFICATIONS:

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.

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.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. To view the complete vacancy posting, requirements and the procedures to apply, please visit: USAJOBS

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