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 Job posting 18-10
Opening date: February 21, 2018
Closing date: June 8, 2018

TITLE:IT Specialist(APPSW),IS-2210, Grades 09,11,12; $58,330 to $105,400 Annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund, Indefinite
DIVISION: - High Energy Astrophysicis Division
LOCATION: Cambridge, Massachusetts
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified candidates.

This is the position of Information Technology Specialist (Applications Software) in the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The employee will be assigned to Chandra X-ray Centerís Data System (CXCDS) Software Development team that provides operations and analysis software for all phases of the Chandra program. The employee will work with management to modernize the software engineering processes and practices associated with continuously building, deploying, and releasing software and environments. The employee will work collaboratively with all members of the software development group to migrate legacy infrastructure capabilities to more modern technologies that are configured and maintained for efficient use. He/she will provide support to developers and their development environments through well-defined processes and script.


Responsibilities:

1. Function as part of a team to assist in and/or implement all aspects of the software development lifecycle: requirements generation, design, code, verification and test, and maintenance. Includes the responsibility of performing configuration management in support of software releases.

2. Generate code following the Data System software coding and design standards, applicable vendors' literature, and established practices that are consistent with the overall system architecture.

3. Develop software components and subcomponents/modules to support development of automation tools used to build, integrate, and deploy software releases to various platforms for the Data System division. Create new programs that add to system capability and modify existing programs to meet new requirements. Obtain necessary data to verify requirements and test software.

4. Define scientific and system requirements for modules being developed by working closely with systems engineers, scientists, and other IT Specialists.

5. Verify and test all generated software and maintain code as part of an overall system.

6. Generate documentation for the software according to Data System guidelines.

7. Perform other duties as may be required.

In addition to the duties listed above, duties at the grade 11 may include but are not limited to:

1. Design, code, and debug software components and subcomponents/modules to support development of automation tools used to build, integrate, and deploy software releases to various platforms for the Data System division. This will involve creation of new workflows and tools that add to the system capability, as well as modification of existing software to meet evolving requirements. This requires familiarity with the requirements for the entire subsystem.

2. Research new software management tools and software support services and analyze their application to current and future Data System needs.

In addition to the duties listed above, duties at the grade 12 may include but are not limited to:

1. Research new software management tools and software support services and analyze their application to current and future Data System needs.


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 the grade 09 must possess a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 07 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 performing software builds of the software system.

Candidates for grade 11 must possess a 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 develop software components to support development of automation tools used to build, integrate, and deploy software releases to various platforms for the Data System division.

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 define scientific and system requirements for software components by working closely with systems engineers, scientists, and other IT Specialists.

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 09: 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. For complete information and online application procedures, please visit: USAJOBS

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