HR: Employment Opportunities
 
 Job posting 18-41
Opening date: May 22, 2018
Closing date: October 31, 2018

TITLE:IT Specialist(Applications Software),IS-2210, Grades 09 - 13; $58,330 to $125,335 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. First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date. This is a career ladder opportunity with promotion potential to grade 13. Selection for this position to be made at the grade 09, 11, 12 or 13 level. Candidates may be non competitively promoted to the next grade level , up to grade 13, upon the recommendation of the supervisor based on classification requirements, satisfactory performance and qualifications of the employee.

This is an opening for a software developer in the Data Systems division of the Chandra X-ray Observatory Science Center to work on the Chandra data archive. The archive contains terabytes of data, ensures their integrity, security and uninterrupted access, and provides interfaces for archiving and retrieval to science center operations and Chandra users. The successful candidate will work to extend and maintain the archive functionality and to support its operations. Knowledge required for the position includes C/C++, Java, SQL, database design, scripting languages Perl/Python, web development using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, Unix environment, and experience working with relational database servers, web and JEE application servers. We offer a challenging environment working in partnership with science and data systems operations teams and an existing software development team, to bring Chandra data products and analysis tools to the astronomical community at large.


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.

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

3. Develop software components and subcomponents/modules to support the Chandra Data archives and the interfaces to the archive 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 to develop and evaluate data archives and interfaces by working closely with systems engineers, scientists, and other IT Specialists. Obtain necessary data to verify requirements and test software.

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 12 may include but are not limited to:

1. Conduct software development at the component level by interpreting Data System software project standards and developing documentation accordingly, ensuring compliance with standards throughout the development; propose and develop new standards when modifications or extensions of existing standards are needed.

2.Oversee the integration of software modules and components into the system. Automate rigorous unit and regression tests to verify and validate the system across platforms.

In addition to the duties listed above, duties at the grade 13 may include but are not limited to:

Interface with science staff at the highest project levels to obtain information regarding their needs as the users of the system. Analyze the scientific hardware requirements and the physical systems involved to define the scientific requirements and develop the system requirements, taking into consideration the rapidly evolving technology and the need, at times, to significantly deviate from established practice to meet the goals of the project.


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 such as designing software and participating in all phases of software development lifecycle; developing new software modules to be used in complex software systems supporting data processing, maintaining and modifying legacy software; and testing and verifying new and existing software.

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 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

Candidates for grade 13 must possess a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 12 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 as interfaces with science and/or engineering staff at the highest project levels to obtain information regarding their needs as the users and operations representatives of the system. Analyze the physical systems involved to define the scientific requirements and develop the system requirements, taking into consideration the rapidly evolving technology.

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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