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Office of the Secretary of Transportation Computer Scientist (Open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees) in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Summary The Volpe Center seeks a Computer Scientist for our Safety Information Systems Division to work as principal contributor and/or project manager to coordinate software development, operations and maintenance (O&M) and applied research projects within the Division’s overall suite of information safety related, information management systems and automated decision support tools. Responsibilities As a Computer Scientist, you will: Design, code and maintain analytical models, simulations, algorithms, data structures and information management systems for aviation safety related processes (certification, surveillance, investigations, etc.). Monitor emerging computer and data science theories, concepts, and trends for their potential utilization in support of assigned programs, innovative solutions and applied research. Provide leadership and coordination on the life cycle development and support of software tools/applications by making key contributions in design/architecture; programming, debugging, and testing using industry standards, best practices, and academic training. Analyze complex business use case scenarios and participate as a key contributor in business process engineering and re-engineering. Conduct and/or lead business analysis of sponsor requirements; including joint application design sessions, requirements and design workshops, and user test events. Organize, write, review, and edit technical reports, as well as preparing and making oral presentations of work to Volpe Center management and sponsors. Explain technology, theories and methods in computer science to diverse stakeholders. The ideal candidate is a self-starter and subject matter expert who expands computer science concepts and practices to meet critical needs. S/he should have the ability to develop, implement, and execute designated projects or coordinate significant aspects of major projects. The candidate should have experience supporting the design, development, and integration of safety information systems. S/he should have the ability to utilize computer science in enhancing safety transportation systems systems. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams. If you have expertise in computer science, sound program management skills, and enjoy working in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment, then this job is for you. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration. You must meet specialized experience to qualify. Required documents must be submitted by the closing date. Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service. GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only. PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed). TIME-IN-GRADE:Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower gradein the competitive or excepted service in the executive branch to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F. DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed). Qualifications To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.To qualify for the Grade 13, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-12, it must include: Experience performing duties related to the development and use of technology-based computer science analysis methodologies, algorithms, software, and solutions.AND Experience supporting full life-cycle software development projects using Agile or similar methodologies, including designing, documenting, writing/programming, and testing software.AND Experience using programming languages including Python, Java, JavaScript, C#, SQL and HTML/CSS. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: Knowledge and mastery of computer science theory and utilization sufficient to serve as an recognized expert and contributor in the application of computer science solutions to aviation client-server business needs and the development, maintenance, and enhancement of aviation safety management systems. Ability to design, code and maintain analytical models, simulations, algorithms, data structures and information management systems for aviation safety related processes. Knowledge of project management theories, principles, and practices sufficient to personally lead assigned projects, including expertise in developing plans and schedules; estimating resource requirements; defining milestones and deliverables; monitoring activities, and evaluating and reporting on progress. Skilled in written, oral and visual communication sufficient to address complex issues through a variety of written issuances including position papers, study results, progress reports, and briefing materials; to represent the program and the Center in conferences, meetings, sponsor interactions and the presentation of research findings; and to utilize visual information technology as appropriate in the leading meetings, conferences, briefings and other interactions. Ability to develop close and sustained relationships with sponsors that lead to sustainable projects that involve a number of other employees and contractors. For all types of consideration, experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Education Degree: Bachelor's degree in computer scienceorbachelor'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. Evaluation of Education: Applicants should have sufficient knowledge to understand the fundamental concepts and techniques of computer science. Courses designed to provide an introduction to computer science techniques and methodologies, to problems of system design, and to other specialized fields are acceptable. Courses or experience in teaching elementary, business, or shop mathematics are not acceptable. Additional Information This vacancy may be used by any DOT agency to fill similar positions within 90 days.