Job posting 18-44
Opening date: May 25, 2018
Closing date: August 17, 2018
TITLE: Electronics Engineer, IS-855, grade 13/14; $96,411.00 to $148,108.00 annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (Non-Federal), Indefinite
DIVISION: - CE Central Engineering Division
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified candidates.
Selection for this position will be made at either the grade 13 or 14. If selection is made at the grade 13, the
selectee may be non-competitively promoted to the grade 14 upon recommendation of the Promotion
Review Committee for Engineers (PRCE).
At the GS-13 Level duties include the following:
1. Contribute to the planning and implementation of an upgrade path to significantly increase the EHT’s observing
sensitivity through improvements in sampled bandwidth and signal processing throughput.
2. Help define the optimum architecture and technologies connecting ultra-fast (~20 giga sample-per-second)
analog-to-digital converter (ADC) integrated circuit chips with commensurately fast state-of-the-art digital signal
processing (DSP) processors such as FPGA’s and GPU’s.
3. Work with the development team to make contributions to the detailed design, construction, testing and
commissioning of a next general digital signal processing EHT platform, or building block, defined by the fully
characterized ADC-DSP interfaced hardware.
4. Assist with the development of Field Programmable FPGA configuration codes (“gateware”), using hardware
description languages such as VHDL or Verilog, and Matlab-Simulink. This includes writing high level layers of
control software in object-oriented languages such as Python and C++. Also develop digital signal processing
codes for GPU processors in languages such as CUDA and OpenCL.
5. Use the next generation platform as the basis for the development of the next generation EHT Digital Back End
(DBE) and phased array platforms. The phased arrays are potentially to be deployed at the Submillimeter Array
(SMA) in Hawaii in the first instance, and later possibly at the Atacama Large mm/Submm Array (ALMA) in
6. Participate in preparation of results of technical developments for publication in professional journals and for
presentation at engineering or scientific conferences and technical symposia. Contribute to review meetings
covering technical and scientific research and development.
7. Performs other assignments as required.
For the GS-13 level -
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level that is similar to the work of this job. This will
include activities such as such as (expert level [gr14]) high speed digital and mixed signal circuit design,
experience with analog to digital conversion, digital signal processing, and real time programming, in particular
targeting Field Progammable Gate Arrays.
For the GS-14 level -
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level that is similar to the work of this job. This will
include activities such as expert level high speed digital and mixed signal circuit design, experience with analog to
digital conversion, digital signal processing, and real time programming, in particular targeting Field Progammable
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid
experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive
credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and
the average number of hours per week spent in such employment.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must:
(1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for
Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or
(2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in
five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials
(stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits;
(f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other
comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or
electronics. OR a combination of education and experience--college-level education, training, and/or technical
experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying
professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences
and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.
Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of
mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any
combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees
and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions. APPLICANT MUST LIST ALL
In addition to meeting basic requirements, applicants must meet specialized experience. Specialized experience is
Basic qualification requirements can be found at https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-IV/A/GS-PROF.asp and
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. For
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