HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 12-67
Opening date: September 25, 2012
Closing date: October 31, 2012

TITLE: IT Specialist (APPSW), GS-2210, Grade 12, $75,222 to $97,787/yr
TYPE OF POSITION: Federal - Career/Career-Conditional
DIVISION: - Optical and Infrared Astronomy Division
LOCATION: Cambridge, Massachusetts
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.

DUTIES: This is the position of IT Specialist (APPSW), Telescope Data Center (TDC), Optical and Infrared Astronomy Division (OIR), Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), Cambridge, MA. The purpose of this position is to develop sophisticated software pipelines to acquire, reduce, analyze, and archive spectroscopic and imaging data obtained at the MMT, Magellan, and Whipple Observatory telescopes.


Basic Requirements: Applicants must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.

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

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.

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.

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

In addition to Basic Requirements above, you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (11). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Designing, coding, testing, debugging, and maintaining software; testing, releasing and installing incremental software upgrades; and communicating with scientific and technical staff to translate technical objectives or research goals into software requirements.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. For complete information and online application procedures, please visit USAJOBS

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