• Other Agencies and Independent Organizations
  • Cambridge , MA
  • Electronics/Semiconductors
  • Full-Time
  • 101 Auburn St

  • Duties

    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:

    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. 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.Guide industry partners in adapting commercial data capture appliances for VLBI field data acquisition.Work with EHT scientists to integrate algorithms for VLBI data processing and analysis, including correlation, calibration, time domain, and imaging into production software.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:

    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.Lead industry partners in adapting commercial data capture appliances for VLBI field data acquisition.Identifying new areas of development for observation or funding proposals.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Travel nationally and internationally may be required to attend conference, collaborate, etc.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    15 - If selected at the grade 14, the incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the grade 15 upon meeting all legal and regulatory requirements, and upon recommendation of the supervisor.

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  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    May be required to complete Pre and Post appointment background check. Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer required for salary payment. May be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

    Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job opportunity announcement closing
    date.

    For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for
    General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at

    Qualifications

    Basic 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.

    Education

    Additional information

    The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses but may pay a recruitment bonus. The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (www.si.edu/oeema).

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Grade 14:

    Ability to develop architectures and implementation of large software platforms that incorporate work and code from disparate sources.

    Ability to maintain code bases with best software design practices.

    Ability to design, code, test, integrate, install, operate, maintain and document complex systems/architecture.

    Advanced knowledge in high performance computing, parallel computing, cloud computing, high speed mass storage systems, and big data operations.

    Grade 15:

    Ability to develop architectures and implementation of large software platforms that incorporate work and code from disparate sources.

    Expert knowledge of computer science and related disciplines to design, develop and adapt scientific methods and techniques to recommend solutions for computer problems.

    Ability to lead teams developing architectures and implementation of large software platforms that incorporate work and code from disparate sources.

    Advanced skill in maintaining code bases with best software design practices.

    Mastery of high performance computing, parallel computing, cloud computing, high speed mass storage systems, and big data operations.

    Expert ability to design, code, test, integrate, install, operate, maintain and document complex systems/architecture.

    Important Note:
    Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience.

    Your resume should provide detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed., install, operate, maintain and document complex systems/architecture.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    No

  • Required Documents

    Detailed resume or CV and bibliography

    Names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references

    School transcripts or degree certificate

    Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. .

    Please refer to our website at: for information concerning benefits.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply

    Click on the \"Apply Online\" button on the upper right side of the page. If you do not have a social security number please contact the point of contact listed for information. Please Note:

    You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button.Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.Clicking the \"DONE\" tab does not submit your application. The \"DONE\" tab allows you to exit the system and save your information for completion at a later time. To submit your application, click the \"FINISH\" tab.The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

    Agency contact information

    Judy Gallagher Judy Gallagher

    Phone

    Fax

    617-###-####

    Email

    Address

    SMITHSONIAN
    Human Resources
    60 Garden Street, MS17
    Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
    United States

    Next steps

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  • Fair & Transparent

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    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

    An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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