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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? 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.The position is in Cambridge Mass. Responsibilities PURPOSE OF THE POSITION: Provide support to the engineering and scientific staff, predominantly in the area of software development. 1. Function as a lead software engineer to provide innovative solutions to complex technical problems related on the various astrophysics-based research, operational, and instrumentation projects that CE supports.2. In cooperation with software engineering and technical staff, develops and executes plans for the testing of software interfaces to relational databases. Collaborates with scientists and multi-disciplinary engineering staff to refine requirements, specifications, schedules and budget constraints.3. Provides work assignments and instruction, sets deadlines and priorities and monitors costs and schedules. Prepares cost estimates for design, construction, and testing activities.4. Documents work in technical reports, memoranda, and/or scientific papers or presentations. Ensures that final documentation accurately reflects modifications made in the field when applicable.5. Maintains currency with the evolution of software, computer, and hardware to verify that the most appropriate technologies are applied to instrument software peripherals.6. Develops unit tests and applies continuous integration to both existing and new software projects7. Performs post-design support and troubleshooting of software using hardware and software debugging tools and methods8. Participates in regular software planning and status reporting activities9. Contributes to continuous improvement and upkeep of Central Engineering software development best practices10. 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 12 level work in the Federal service within or closely related to the position being filled. Specialized experience for this position would typicallyinclude experiencewith building and configuring high speed networks and data storage systems, and developing low level I/O software for optimal data storage rates; experience in developing and maintaining monitor and control software; experience in advanced software project management; experience being a responsible software project lead involving other team members where project was executed to successful completion. 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.

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