HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 13-05
Opening date: December 13, 2012
Closing date: April 15, 2013

TITLE: IT Specialist (APPSW), IS-2210, Grade 9; $55,279 to $71,857/yr
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (non-federal) Indefinite
DIVISION: - High Energy Astrophysics Division
LOCATION: Cambridge, Massachusetts
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All qualified candidates

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

This is a career ladder opportunity with promotion potential to grade 11. A candidate selected at grade 9, may be non-competitively promoted to the next higher grade level, up to grade 11, upon the recommendation of the supervisor based on classification requirements, satisfactory performance and qualifications of the employee.

DUTIES: This is the position of IT Specialist (APPSW), Chandra X-ray Center (CXC), High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD), Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), Cambridge MA. The purpose of this position is to develop and maintain software pipelines and data analysis tools to reduce and analyze data from the Chandra X-ray telescope. Tools are written primarily in C, C++, and Python, and run in a Unix environment.


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.


Candidates 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 designing, coding, testing, debugging, and maintaining software in support of data processing and analysis on multiple Unix platforms; developing user and internal documentation; communicating with scientific and technical staff on scientific requirements and test cases; and providing support to the user community.


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.

For qualification standards please check:

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

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in our workplace.

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