Computer Engineer, AST, Software Systems

Washington D.C.
Jul 12, 2017
Jul 28, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate (AETD), Software Engineering Division, Ground Software Systems Branch (Code 583) is seeking an experienced candidate to serve as a Senior Software Engineer in the organization. The incumbent will serve as the Product Development Lead for the Goddard Mission Services Evolution Center (GMSEC) ground system architecture and software applications. GMSEC is an open system architecture developed at GSFC, which allows for the simplified integration of commercial, government, and open source functional products to support configuration and development of mission operations centers. GMSEC is widely used to support GSFC missions, as well as at other NASA locations and across other U.S. space organizations.


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  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • In addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience to the next lower grade (GS-13), which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

    Specialized experience is defined as demonstrating technical expertise or technical leadership in the development and implementation of software systems for use in ground data systems. In addition, has experience facilitating project planning and management of software systems and activities; developing and implementing project management procedures, tools, templates, activities, and infrastructure.

    Please list your General Schedule (GS) equivalency on your resume for every federal position you have held.

    To receive consideration, your resume MUST contain your complete degree information (i.e., type of degree-received, year degree received, and major area of study). If you have received a degree in Computer Science, you MUST list all courses you have taken which meet the education requirements as stated in the qualification requirements section as well as the semester hours awarded. You MUST include the descriptive title, course code, and number of semester/quarter hours. (i.e., CMSC-435-Software Engineering, 3 Semester hours) If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. Please note that degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

    Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. *Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.

    Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs.

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    As a Computer Engineer specializing in Software Systems, you will manage and lead significant ground data system elements, products, or life cycle phases related to major agency functions, projects, or programs. In addition, you will manage and lead the development, testing, deployment, and sustaining engineering of ground data software systems. You will apply innovative and original approaches to overcome difficult and complex technical, management, and organizational problems. You will ensure software engineering activities are in compliance with organizational standards, policies, and procedures. You will prepare and present organizational and project technical reviews and status briefings. You will develop, analyze, manage, and defend technical and resource requirements. You will develop schedule and cost impact for proposed project requirements. You will recommend and establish methods and procedures to substantially reduce project costs. You will provide expert guidance for strategic planning and integrated project and program development. You will serve on Agency and government committees and working groups. You will direct, review, and evaluate contractor efforts and assesses technical progress against established schedules and resources.

    You will ensure the organization’s strategic plan, mission, vision and values are integrated into the team’s strategies, goals, objectives, and work. You will communicate milestones and work assignments to the team, and distributes and balances workload among team members. You will report on progress in meeting milestones and deadlines for completion of assignments to the team, and will coach the team in the selection and application of appropriate problem solving methods and techniques. You will inform the supervisor of individual and team performance, accomplishments, and issues and recommends corrective actions where appropriate. In addition, you will represent the team’s consensus and conveys the team’s findings and apply a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze and improve team performance.

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