[unav_all] Computer Scientist Position with USGS-VDAP

McCausland, Wendy wmccausland at usgs.gov
Mon Feb 22 17:05:32 MST 2016

Could you please post this job announcement to the listserv?



*Overview*:  Are you a computer-scientist who has a passion for building
high-quality software with real-word humanitarian applications?  Do you
want to use your computer-science skills to save lives and improve the
understanding of volcanic processes?

*Position*:  The US Geological Survey, Volcano Disaster Assistance Program
(VDAP), a 30-year partnership of the U.S. Geological Survey and USAID’s
Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance announces the posting of a new
professional job opportunity to lead the development of new software and
computer-science applications for international volcano monitoring and
hazard analysis.  This is a permanent federal position that is based at the
Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, WA, USA.  The position is will
be filled at either the GS-12 ($74,950/yr to $97,434/yr) or GS- 13
($89,125/yr to $115,867/yr) level depending on qualifications.  The
position includes federal provisions for tenure- and merit-based
promotions, health and life insurance and annual and sick leave among other
benefits (seehttp://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/index.html ).

*Responsibilities*:  Design, develop, document and maintain custom
open-source software to monitor and analyze multi-parametric monitoring
data from active volcanoes world-wide.  Serve as the lead computer
scientist for a small team of 20 professional scientists and technicians
who respond to volcano crises world-wide and assist international partners
in forecasting eruptions and assessing volcanic hazards. Write new code and
review existing source code to identify and solve problems and to improve
human-machine interfaces.  Train international partners in use of computer

*Requirements*:   Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a Bachelor’s
Degree with 30 semester hours in mathematics, statistics and computer
science with at least 15 of the 30 semester hours in any combination of
mathematics and statistics and including differential and integral calculus.
1. Expertise in software coding and data processing on multiple operating
systems using the programming languages Java and C.  Python or other
object-oriented languages are also desired.  2. Knowledge of computer
science and system design as needed to develop and document new computer
systems (e.g., software for data acquisition, analysis and storage with
effective human computer interfaces (HCI).  3. Knowledge of relational
database programming and theory.  4. Ability to design computer interface
and communication systems (e.g., TCPIP, multi-OS communications, data bus
communication and serial (USB, RS232) protocols). 5. Knowledge of physical
sciences or mathematics.  6. Ability to communicate effectively with
project personnel and international counterparts in order to document and
transfer knowledge of computer systems.

*The organization*:  More information about the U.S. Geological Survey and
the VDAP program is available at: http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vdap/.  More
information about this positions and *job applications will be available
starting on 03/28/2016* by searching for the position numbered
*SAC-2016-0136* at the following website:  https://www.usajobs.gov/.
must be received digitally through this website before midnight EST on
04/11/2016* and must include scanned copies of undergraduate (and graduate
if applicable) transcripts.  USGS is an equal opportunity employer;
however, the position is open to U.S. Citizens only.

Wendy McCausland
USAID-USGS Volcano Disaster Assistance Program
1300 SE Cardinal Court
Building 10, Suite 100
Vancouver, WA 98683
+1 360 993 8985 (office)
+1 360 823 7309 (cell)
+1 360 993 8985 (fax)
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