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Filed under: Geek News and Stuff,Jobs — site admin @ 12:11 pm

Hi Folks,

We have two software development positions open on our team – the one I announced a couple weeks ago has had its closing date extended, so both position announcements will close no later than May 7th. The positions are titled “IT Specialist (APPSW)” (which translates to “software developer”) and “Computer Scientist” (which is a software developer who has an educational background with a lot of math and computer science courses).

The Computer Scientist position starts at a grade 7 – if you are a Computer Science student (or possible Math major with CS minor) who graduates soon or have just graduated *and* have a pretty good GPA (3.0 or higher), you will probably qualify for this position and we encourage you to apply.

The IT Specialist position starts at a grade 9. It does not have the same educational requirement, but does require experience. If you feel you qualify for *both* positions, please apply to both!!!

If you need assistance figuring out which position and grade to apply for, please refer to the contact info at the bottom of this e-mail (and the official job announcements have links to the official documentation). Links to the applications are also near the bottom of the e-mail.

The positions are posted on the USGS Online Automated Recruitment System:


Join our team and get involved in space exploration!

About Our Program
The USGS Astrogeology Research Program is hiring computer programmers to join our staff of computer scientists, planetary researchers, cartographers, and other space science experts. The Astrogeology Research Program is a team of over 80 scientists, engineers, and experts working to support the efforts to explore, map, and understand our solar system. The Program’s primary mission is to scientifically study and map extraterrestrial bodies, plan and conduct planetary exploration missions, and explore and develop new technologies in data processing and analysis, archiving, and distribution. Among the current and future missions we are currently involved with are Mars Exploration Rover, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan, Phoenix, and Mars Science Laboratory. The Program is located in the Shoemaker Center for Astrogeology on the USGS Flagstaff Science Center campus in Arizona’s high country.

To learn more about Flagstaff, visit:

The USGS Astrogeology Research Program has a rich history of participation in space exploration efforts and planetary mapping, starting in early 1960’s when the Program was established to provide lunar geologic mapping and assist in training astronauts destined for the Moon. Throughout the years, the Program has participated in processing and analyzing data from various missions to the planetary bodies in our solar system, assisting in finding potential landing sites for exploration vehicles, mapping our neighboring planets and their moons, and conducting research to better understand the origins, evolutions, and geologic processes operating on these bodies. A few of the missions have been involved with are Mars Pathfinder, Mars Global Surveyor, Clementine, Voyager, Galileo, Magellan, and Lunar Prospector. To learn more about our history and current work, visit our site:

Learn why it’s great working for the USGS Astrogeology Research Program:

Computer Scientist and IT Specialist Positions
Software developers on our staff perform a wide variety of tasks, mainly developing applications for our image processing and cartography software package, Integrated Software for Imagers and Spectrometers (ISIS). For more information about ISIS, visit the ISIS website: Our programmers work in a multiplatform environment, including SUSE Linux on 32-bit and 64-bit x86 hardware, Sun Solaris, Mac OS X, and Windows XP.

Major duties include, but are not limited to:
* Plans, organizes, implements and tests large, complex software systems that handle and analyze terrestrial and planetary multispectral images and imaging spectrometer data acquired by telescopes, aircraft, Earth-orbiting spacecraft, and planetary spacecraft.
* Designs, implements and tests C++ based software for n-dimensional image and vector data as part of ISIS on various Linux/UNIX-based computer platforms.
* Uses higher mathematics and computer programming to develop algorithms and applications for the analysis of imaging spectrometer data, geodesy, and digital cartography.
* Designs, implements, and tests system-level I/O routines for rapid, efficient data transfer, including network transfers.
* Prepares scientific reports or papers on software systems or techniques.
* Other miscellaneous duties may include: build graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for ISIS, design and build databases containing metadata on planetary image data, and design and implement web services to provide planetary image data to end users across the internet.

The experience we’re looking for includes:

* Working and programming in a multiplatform environment, including at least two or three of the following operating systems: Linux (or Unix), Mac OS X, or Windows.
* Object-oriented analysis, design and implementation in C++ or Java programming languages.

We have posted positions in two job series at various grade levels: IT Specialist (APPSW) and Computer Scientist. Both of these positions are

Qualifications for a given job series and grade level are based on education and experience. See the following for more information about qualifications for these series:

Information Technology Specialist (GS-2210)

Software developers at lower grade levels perform a wide range of tasks described above. Developers will be assigned work designed to further develop and refine their knowledge and skills. Assignments will typically combine productive work with on-going training and instruction. Supervision will be closer with oversight and review being provided more frequently. At the higher grade levels, software developers will often act as a project leader or team leader, directing the work of other team members and coordinating and supporting team efforts. Project management, budget management, and supervisory experience are desired in higher grade level applicants.

Apply Online
For more details and to apply online, visit the USGS Online Automated Recruitment System. Links to specific job posts:

Computer Scientist (GS-1550, positions open for grades 7 through 12)
Salary: $42,214.00 TO $82,709.00

For more information about the Computer Scientist position, contact Sandy Borges, 916-278-9403,

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