Computer Scientist

Department Of Veterans Affairs Buffalo , NY 14202

Posted 2 months ago

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This position is located in the Research and Development Service within the Western New York Health Care System, Buffalo, New York focusing on research issues related to programming and software development and deployment along with data science training in biomedical informatics.

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NOTE: This is a TERM appointment (not-to-exceed 1 year and 1 day). Term appointments are non-status, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration (more than 1 year but not more than 4). Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage. Term appointments may be extended without further competition (up to the 4 year maximum). The appointment to a Term position does not confer eligibility for promotion or reassignment to other positions or the ability to be non-competitively converted to permanent employment.

  • Manages program and Jupyter notebooks development for training modules;

  • Works with a diverse group of research contributors;

  • Provides programming and database support for research projects;

  • Knowledgeable in database design and database optimization;

  • Conducts hardware and software analysis and cost factor analysis;

  • Provides data science training in biomedical informatics;

  • Determines data backup systems and protocols needed to support web-based applications;

  • Evaluates the researchers clinical trial data reporting requirements;

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8am until 4:30pm.

Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

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1550 Computer Science

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • May be required to serve a probationary period

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Qualifications

Basic Requirement: All applicants must meet this basic education requirement of successful completion of a bachelor's degree in computer science or a bachelor'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. 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.: Must possess a Bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university in a major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position such as psychology, mental health, counseling and/or provisions of social services. NOTE: You must submit copies of transcripts with your application. Education will not be credited without documentation. ~AND~

In addition to the basic education requirement, you must meet one of the following:

Specialized Experience: You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-9) in the Federal Service that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience includes work that involves developing systems using data analysis with software applications and hardware to support the needs of an organization. You should possess knowledge of some programming languages and techniques including some of the following: Website/services development and design, relational databases, SQL, XML, .NET, C#, JSPs, XSLT, JAVA, Apache / Tomcat, JBoss, IIS, Android and IOS, Objective C, Javascript and .Net and J2EE architectures. This occupation includes professional positions which primarily involve the application of, or research into, computer science methods and techniques to store, manipulate, transform or present information by means of computer systems. The primary requirements of the work are (a) professional competence in applying the theoretical foundations of computer science, including computer system architecture and system software organization, the representation and transformation of information structures, and the theoretical models for such representations and transformations; (b) specialized knowledge of the design characteristics, limitations, and potential applications of systems having the ability to transform information, and of broad areas of applications of computing which have common structures, processes, and techniques; and (c) knowledge of relevant mathematical and statistical sciences. NOTE: Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. ~OR~

Education: Successfully completed three (3) years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a field directly related to the work that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. NOTE: Copies of transcripts are required at the time of application. Education cannot be credited without documentation. ~OR~

Combination: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate-level education (beyond the second year) and specialized experience, as described above, which meet the total experience requirements for this grade level. The education portion must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position (as described above). NOTE: Copies of transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.

A Quality Ranking Factor* has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The quality ranking factor for this position is: "Do you have experience using Python computer language?"

"*Quality Ranking Factors are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening, but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.

You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Computers

  • Data Management

  • Information Management

  • Project Management

  • Quality Ranking Factor

IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

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 more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

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Computer Scientist

Department Of Veterans Affairs