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 Job posting 19-32
Opening date: May 13, 2019
Closing date:August 30, 2019

TITLE: Computer Scientist, IS-1550, Grade 14/15; $116,240.00 to $166,500.00/yr
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (non-federal) Indefinite
DIVISION: - RG
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to ALL qualified candidates.

Note: First selection may be made 14 days after the position is announced. Selection for this position may be made at the grade 14 or grade 15. Candidates selected at the grade 14 may be non competitively promoted to the grade 15 level upon the recommendation of the supervisor based on classification requirements, satisfactory performance and qualifications of the employee.

Summary:

This position is Software Architect for the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a project that links radio dishes around the world to create a virtual Earth-sized telescope with the highest resolving power possible from the surface of our planet. On April 10, the EHT announced the first image ever made of a black hole. The incumbent will work with a team that includes engineers, theoreticians, software developers, astronomers, and imaging algorithm experts, all united by a common science vision.

Responsibilities

Grade 14:

1. Lead development of state-of-the art cloud processing architecture for EHT data processing. Work with EHT director and EHT data processing team, collaborators and students on software architecture and design.

2. Play key role in benchmarking, code development and operational flow of a cloud-based EHT data processing system based on the above architecture, including full documentation.

3. Guide industry partners in adapting commercial data capture appliances for VLBI field data acquisition.

4. Work with EHT scientists to integrate algorithms for VLBI data processing and analysis, including correlation, calibration, time domain, and imaging into production software.

5. Contribute to new areas of development for observation or funding proposals.

In addition to the duties at the GS-14, the incumbent at the GS-15 will:

1. Will be responsible for benchmarking, code development and operational flow of a cloud-based EHT data processing system based on the above architecture, including full documentation.

2. Lead industry partners in adapting commercial data capture appliances for VLBI field data acquisition.

3. Identifying new areas of development for observation or funding proposals.

QUALIFICATIONS:

asic Requirements:

A. Bachelor's degree in computer science or a 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.

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below:

Grade 14:

A minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 13 in the normal line of progression for this occupation. The experience includes activities such as design of enterprise-level computing systems; development of systems for massively parallel computing and/or processing workflow, especially for large scientific undertakings; testing and benchmarking such systems; exploitation of commercial (cloud) infrastructure for massively parallel computing and/or processing workflow.

Grade 15: A minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 14 in the normal line of progression for this occupation. The experience includes activities such as design of enterprise-level computing systems; development of systems for massively parallel computing and/or processing workflow; testing and benchmarking such systems, especially for large scientific undertakings; exploitation of commercial (cloud) infrastructure for massively parallel computing and/or processing workflow; leadership of teams carrying out the above activities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. To view the complete vacancy posting, requirements and the procedures to apply, please visit: USAJOBS

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