IT Specialist

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Archive Date: 
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

IT Specialist
Trust Fund (Non-Federal), Indefinite

The software development team of the Chandra X-ray Data System has an opening for a UI/UX IT Specialist with computer graphics and visualization experience to join our team in Cambridge MA. The talented developer will work to develop/modernize the User Interface/User Experience of new and legacy visualization software. The employee we seek will work to understand the user’s needs, advocate that vision to the software team, and design, develop and maintain software that delivers innovation and seamlessly integrates with the existing system.

We offer a challenging environment working in partnership with scientists, data system operations, and an existing software development team, to bring Chandra data products and analysis tools to the astronomical community at large.

To succeed in this role, you should have the following skills and experience:
 Experience in User Interface design and development.
 Experience in Web and Desktop Application design and development.
 Experience with Computer graphics and Visualization.
 Working knowledge of Javascript, HTML5, Python, Java and C++ in a UNIX
 Familiarity with gathering user, and technical requirements with a Human-
Centered Design approach.
 Attention to details and exceptional organizational skills.
 Excellent writing, listening and communication skills.
 Ability to manage multiple concurrent, high-priority projects.
 Solution driven mindset.
 Ability to work as part of a team.

In return, we offer you the opportunity to be part of an experienced top level team at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO). The Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) at SAO operates the Chandra X-ray Observatory under contract with NASA. The mission has been in operation since July 1999 and has made unprecedented scientific discoveries. We are looking toward the future to further build our team to provide software tools that support scientists in uncovering the mysteries of the universe.

We will only accept applications on line for this position. To view the complete vacancy announcement and online application procedures, please visit

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, December 1, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
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