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Job Title:
Electronics Technician, GS-0856, Grade 11, $66,662 to $86,665 Annually
Type of Position:
Federal- Career/CareerConditional
Job Location:
Maunakea, Hawaii
Posting Opening Date:
Posting Closing Date:

AREA OF CONSIDERATION:   U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Note:  Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities may also apply to Job Announcement #JP 21-63.


The employee is responsible for providing specialized electronics technical support and assistance to the SMA in the testing, troubleshooting, and documentation of electronic, electrical, and electromechanical systems, with emphasis on present and future analog and digital systems.  


  1. Maintain and repair the SMA analog and digital electronic systems. Replace faulty modules. Diagnose and repair module faults to the component level.
  2. Design and fabricate complex electronic and mechanical assemblies consisting of chassis, cables, connectors (MS, D, IDC, SMA, N, and other styles), power supplies, junction boxes, terminal strips, and multi-layer circuit boards from schematics and developed design specifications. Prepare documentation of systems as designed and installed.
  3. Perform test procedures to calibrate, measure, and update digital and analog module performance.
  4. Operate and adapt software to test and evaluate analog and digital electronics.
  5. Oversee digital electronics laboratory. Track and ensure spare correlator and RaspberryPi modules are operational. Ensures routine laboratory supplies are ordered as needed.


One year of full-time experience at the GS-9 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes activities such as technical support for state of the art digital systems, operating high-speed digital oscilloscopes and spectrum analyzers, and good hands-on electronic skills to isolate and repair faults in multi-layered boards with a wide range of ICs such as FPGAs, ASICs and DSPs.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web site:

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Application Procedures:  We are only accepting online applications for this position. To apply please visit USAJOBS 


Conditions of Employment

You must be fully vaccinated for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine.


Have an approved Reasonable Accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements.
Please see additional information regarding reasonable accommodations below.  
Additional Vacancy Language Regarding COVID-19

The Smithsonian Institution has a mandate requiring all employees (federal and trust), affiliated staff
(including volunteers, interns, and fellows), and the contractors who work with us to be fully vaccinated
against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., onsite,
telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be
required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by
November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the Smithsonian Institution, if after
November 22. The Smithsonian Institution will provide additional information regarding what
information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exemption
from this requirement. This requirement applies to employees, affiliated staff, contractors who are
working on-site, and those teleworking in whole or in part. Limited exemptions to the Smithsonian
Institution’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate will be considered on a case-by-case basis for selected
candidates who inform the Smithsonian that they cannot be vaccinated because of a disability, including
certain medical conditions the Center for Disease Control (CDC) considers contraindications to the
vaccine, or because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Additional information
and instructions regarding Smithsonian’s COVID-19 mandate will be provided at the time of selection.

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