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General Engineer (Systems Engineer), IS-0801, Grades 13, 14; $102,601 - $157,614 annually
Type of Position:
Trust Fund (non-federal) Indefinite
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Job Location:
Cambridge, MA
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AREA OF CONSIDERATION:   This position is open to all qualified candidates.

Note:  First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date.

Summary

This is the position of General Engineer (Systems Engineer) of Central Engineering Division. The incumbent provide systems engineering support for the next generation Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). The EHT 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.

Responsibilities: PURPOSE OF THE POSITION: The Engineer will play a key role in the overall next generation EHT engineering team, participating in all phases of the systems development lifecycle, including concept of operations, requirements, system architecture modeling, system design, risk management, integration, testing, and implementation planning. The incumbent will lead several systems engineering efforts in close collaboration with and at the direction of the Project Engineer. The  Engineer will be involved in every high-level system trade study to define this transformational array and will be asked to lead the development of many pivotal documents, analyses, and models that will directly shape the array’s system architecture. The incumbent will work with an international team that includes engineers, theoreticians, software developers, astronomers, and imaging algorithm experts, all united by a common science vision. This position will require that the incumbent possesses the ability to learn quickly, see the big picture, and carry out multiple complex activities simultaneously.

DUTIES For grades 13:

  1.  Provides systems engineering support for developing the next generation Event Horizon Telescope, from conceptual design through prototype demonstration and detailed system architecture. Drawing from mechanical, optical, systems, microwave, electronic or signal processing disciplines, supports development of technical specifications for all next generation EHT subsystems. Helps coordinate engineering design and analysis, as well as proposal preparation and formal documentation.
    2. Leads trade studies of various design aspects contributing to the overall system architecture and optimization of the worldwide next-generation EHT array.
    3. Leads system architecture modeling using model-based systems engineering (MBSE) tools. Implements modeling approach and presents system architecture models to various worldwide institutions and stakeholders.
    4. Assists in the development of system-level concept of operations and performs functional analysis and decomposition to trace science objectives to system and subsystem requirements.
    5. Writes and maintains engineering requirements, specifications, interface documents, etc., assisting the Project Engineer to ensure that project milestones and budgets are successfully met.
    6. Prepares engineering input to project proposals, cost estimates, cost models, schedules, technical plans, procedures, and reports by drawing on skills in multiple engineering disciplines.
    7. Participates in design reviews for the development of scientific instruments and their associated support equipment, and integration of instrument systems.
    8. Participates in all verification activities including verification plans and procedures, analysis and test, and hardware acceptance.
    9. Makes oral and written presentations to project scientists and technical representatives of cooperating and/or contracting organizations. Contributes to papers and technical articles as required.
    10. Performs other related duties as required.

In addition to the above, duties for grade 14:

1. Provides engineering leadership for the system design of the next generation Event Horizon Telescope, from conceptual design through prototype demonstration and detailed system architecture. Assists and coordinates development of technical specifications for all next generation EHT subsystems. Assists and coordinates engineering design and analysis (drawing from mechanical, optical, systems, microwave, electronic or signal processing disciplines), as well as proposal preparation and formal documentation.
2. Establishes the development of system-level concept of operations and performs functional analysis and decomposition to trace science objectives to system and subsystem requirements.
3. Prepares engineering input to project proposals, cost estimates, cost models, schedules, technical plans, procedures, and reports.
4. Oversees design, fabrication, and assembly of scientific instruments and their associated support equipment, and integration of instrument systems. Ensures software design is compatible with instrument hardware. Participates in design reviews.
5. Makes oral and written presentations to project scientists and technical representatives of cooperating and/or contracting organizations. Contributes to papers and technical articles as required. Represents SAO on technical task forces.
6. Performs other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

In addition to meeting basic qualification requirements, candidates for grade 13 must possess at least one year of professional experience in a field appropriate to the specialization for which applying, that was comparable in level of responsibility and difficulty to that of the GS-12 level. Specialized experience at the grade 12 typically involves serving as contributing systems engineer on a project of significant scope.

In addition to meeting basic qualification requirements, candidates for grade 14 must possess at least one year of professional experience in a filed appropriate to the specialization for which applying, that was comparable in level of responsibility and difficulty to that of the GS-13 level. Specialized experience at the grade 13 typically involves serving as lead systems engineer on a project of significant scope.

Education

All applicants must meet these Basic Requirements:

Basic Requirements for Engineer (You must submit a copy of your transcripts)

[A] a degree in professional engineering. 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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by ONE of the following: professional registration; written test (successfully passed the Engineer-In-Training (EIT) examination or the written test required for professional registration); specified academic courses (successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering); OR related curriculum (successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field). 

 

Application Procedures:  We are only accepting online applications for this position. To apply please visit USAJOBS 

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