Smithsonian Institution Computer Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Summary The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory asks the big science questions: What do black holes look like? How do stars and planets form and evolve? Does life exist outside the solar system? At the SAO, engineers work collaboratively with scientists to develop instrumentation that will get us closer to answering these questions. From world-wide telescope arrays that can image black holes to space missions studying solar emissions, this is truly a fantastic place to work. Responsibilities Duties may include but are not limited to: 1. Function as a junior software engineer to work on the various astrophysics-based research, operational, and instrumentation projects that CE supports.2. Collaborates with scientists and multi-disciplinary engineering staff to refine requirements and specifications.3. Develops unit tests and applies continuous integration to both existing and new software projects4. Identifies and recommends third party software frameworks and libraries for integration into the overall software system5. Performs post-design support and troubleshooting of software using hardware and software debugging tools and methods6. Participates in regular software planning and status reporting activities7. Contributes to continuous improvement and upkeep of Central Engineering software development best practices8. Performs other duties as assigned Requirements Conditions of Employment May be required to serve a one-year probationary period Pre- and post-appointment background investigation Must participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds for salary payment For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccination requirements and its impact on your application, click on Smithsonian Institution’sFrequently Asked Questions. Qualifications BASIC REQUIREMENTS:(A) 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(B) 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.In addition to the Basic Requirements, applicants must have specialized experience:One year of professional experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to grade 7 level work in the Federal service within or closely related to the position being filled. Specialized experience for this position would typically be substantive contributions to a commercial or open source software projects. This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable) or a copy of your degree certificate. Non-submission may result in you being rated ineligible for the position.Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Basic qualification requirements can be found at https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-IV/A/GS-PROF.asp and https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-IV/B/GS0800/0800.htm. Education This position has a mandatory education requirement. Additional Information Additional Information: The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses. A recruitment bonus may be paid. The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity.