HR: Employment Opportunities
 
 Job posting 19-26
Opening date: April 24, 2019
Closing date: August 5, 2019

TITLE:IT Specialist (Data Management), IS-2210 Grades 09 - 11; $59,146.00 to $89,726.00 Annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund, Indefinite
DIVISION: - High Energy Astrophysics Division
LOCATION: Cambridge, Massachusetts


AREA OF CONSIDERATION: The 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 11. Selection for this position to be made at the grade 09, or 11 level. Candidates may be non competitively promoted to the next grade level , up to grade 11, upon the recommendation of the supervisor based on classification requirements, satisfactory performance and qualifications of the employee.


Summary:

The Information Technology Specialist will (1) provide technical support for aspect operations of the Chandra X-ray Observatory (CXO), primarily related to the on-board pointing control and ground aspect determination system; and (2) provide computer-related support for CXO operations by specifying, developing, and supporting the software, data archives, and web sites which relate to aspect operations and the Ska infrastructure.


Responsibilities:


Duties at the grade 09 may include but are not limited to:

1. Perform data analysis and support of CXO aspect operations: Acquire and analyze data and draw conclusions regarding the quality, content, and operational implications of the data. Organize and summarize results in reports for SOT aspect group members and the operations community. Develop, test, and modify new and existing computer code and/or algorithms, as necessary, to accomplish these data analysis activities. Develop new databases, as necessary, to support aspect operations.

2. Develop software to support CXO operations: Modify extant code maintained by the SOT aspect group in support of CXO operations and the Ska infrastructure. Develop new code as required to support analysis, planning activities, and other CXO operation's needs. Develop code that is maintainable, well-organized, well-tested, documented, and meets applicable coding standards. Use approved version control process and participate in code review activities. Provide community user support related to the Ska infrastructure by answering questions by email, phone or in-person.

3. Develop and maintain databases, web sites, operations data archives, and routine processing tools: Ensure that Ska infrastructure data archives, databases and web resources are maintained up to date, accurate, and available. Ensure routine processing jobs perform as required and address job warnings or errors. Identify need for new Ska infrastructure resources and participate in implementation and documentation.


Duties at the grade 11 may include but are not limited to:

1. Specify and develop software to support CXO operations: Specify changes to extant code maintained by the Science Operations Team (SOT) aspect group in support of aspect operations and the Ska infrastructure. Specify and develop new code as required to support analysis, planning activities, and other CXO operations needs. Develop code that is maintainable, well-organized, well-tested, documented, and meets applicable coding standards. Use approved version control process. Participate in the code review process including taking the role of reviewer. Identify need for improved procedures and software as needed and participate in implementation and documentation. Modify or develop new web site code or content. Provide community user support related to the Ska infrastructure by answering questions by email, phone or in-person

2. Specify, develop and maintain databases, web sites, operations data archives, and routine processing tools: Ensure that Ska infrastructure data archives, databases and web resources are maintained up to date, accurate, and available. Ensure routine processing jobs perform as required and address job warnings or errors. Identify need for new Ska infrastructure resources, specify new requirements, and participate in implementation and documentation.


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.


In addition to the above four competencies listed above, candidates must have a qualifying level of experience or education as described below::

Experience:

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 programming scientific Python applications and performing data analysis.

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 programming and specifying requirements for scientific Python applications and performing independent data analysis.

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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