Senior Computer Scientist for High Performance Computing Solutions

Suitland, Maryland
Nov 06, 2019
Nov 14, 2019
Full Time


The Census Bureau seeks a highly-motivated and capable expert to serve as the Senior Computer Scientist for High Performance Computing Solutions. He/she researches and designs innovative and secure capabilities to support high performance computing technologies; has a detailed understanding of new and emerging cloud or other high performance computing technologies; and recommends a vision regarding the Census Bureau's direction to effectively utilize high performance computing technology.

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In addition to the duties listed in the "Job Summary" section, the Senior Computer Scientist for High Performance Computing Solutions:
  • serves as a key advisor to the Chief Technology Officer providing research and development of cloud or other high performance computing solutions.
  • executes high performance computing platform technology research and development projects to identify, access, and investigate cloud technologies that possess potential application to satisfy functional, performance, and security requirements in support of accomplishing the bureau's mission.
  • conducts original research and makes unprecedented developmental contributions to create and evolve Census Bureau's Operational IT Infrastructure, including the coordination of an appropriately balanced pursuit of enterprise business, information, technical and solution viewpoints. To make these contributions, the incumbent must maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of computer science and its applications.

Through consultation with other computer scientists both inside and outside of government and by original research, the incumbent conducts developmental projects to incorporate the application of theoretical and emerging information technology capabilities to the numerous challenges facing the Census Bureau's operational environment.

The incumbent's research findings and recommendations are used to determine the optimal use of high performance computing technology solutions for all Census programs and massive volume of data processing.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required to visit field offices, attend professional conferences and meetings, and represent the Census Bureau to government and non-profit and professional organizations, etc.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Background investigation and/or security clearance is required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days is required).
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess all of the education and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed. Each PTQ response should include a summary of the applicant's experience in relation to the specific PTQ and specific examples of accomplishments. An individual's total experience should clearly show knowledge, skill and ability of the scope and quality sufficient to perform the duties of the position. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs):

PTQ #1 - Graduate degree in the field of computer science and demonstrated experience in applying such expertise in leading change and improving operations of complex and distributed systems or equivalent level of education and experience.

PTQ #2 - Demonstrated expertise with large-scale and secure high performance computing solutions and massive amounts of data management or processing efforts that have a broad impact on computing operations and promoting an agile and flexible computing infrastructure that can accommodate changes in technology and organizational changes including utilizing technologies such as quantum computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

PTQ #3 - Recognition as an expert researcher in the application of computer science relevant to effectively translate business needs into operational systems requirements for a complex organization.


Bachelor's degree in computer science or 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.

Additional information

Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter.

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

Veterans' preference is not applicable to ST positions.

Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package.

Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each Professional/Technical Qualification (PTQ) listed. Applicants are required to respond to each PTQ and each must be addressed separately. Please give a complete and detailed answer for each qualification. Please keep in mind each PTQ is a unique qualification. Therefore, duplicate responses are not sufficient in determining if you meet that specific qualification.

Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reader to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. As a result, you will be rated as "INCOMPLETE".

Qualified applicants will be evaluated by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating panel of senior managers and/or experts to determine the degree to which they possess the PTQs, and best qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The ERB rating panel will make recommendations on best qualified candidates to the selecting official. Applicants will be evaluated on the quality and extent of their total accomplishments, experience, and the PTQs.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

In addition to your online application, the following documents must be submitted and received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement:

1. Resume (uploaded as attachment or USAJOBS resume created with USAJOBS Resume Builder)

2. PTQ statements (uploaded as an attachment or included in the online application.)

3. For current Federal employees: You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your current tenure, position title, series and grade level.

4. Education: You must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information.

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found here at . You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

Applicants who fail to submit required documents WILL NOT receive consideration for this position. Application will result in an "Incomplete" rating.

If you are unable to upload documents, you may fax your documents using the instructions below. Please fax with the appropriate cover sheet. Please refer to the fax cover sheet for the fax number. Each document must be dialed and faxed in separately as each sheet includes an identification number, which ensures your document is processed correctly.

FAXING INSTRUCTIONS: Please fax legible documents using the appropriate coversheet. Documents may be faxed at any time during the open period of this announcement by going to http:/

1. Log into MYUSAJOBS

2. Click on "Applications"

3. Locate the vacancy you applied to

4. Under "Applicant Status" column, click on "More Information"

5. Select "View/Generate Fax Cover Sheet" and click "Continue"

Do not submit any additional information that is not required: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.

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 schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

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.

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