Job posting 14-16
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)
LOCATION: Hilo, HI
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to current and former Federal employees with permanent status or reinstatement
eligibility. Individuals who are eligible for a special appointing authority may also apply; such as applicants with a disability, former Peace
Corps volunteers, certain military spouses, veterans seeking a VRA/VEOA appointment, or veterans who have been separated from armed
forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service.
-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 correlatorís state machine functions are encoded in ASICs
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.
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 ICís such as FPGAs, ASICs and DSPs.
EDUCATION MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR EXPERIENCE AS FOLLOWS:
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
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