• Chief Scientific Programmer

    Job Locations US-MD-College Park
    Posted Date 2 months ago(11/29/2019 9:44 PM)
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    Regular Full-Time

    Since 1975, MAXIMUS has operated under its founding mission of Helping Government Serve the People, enabling citizens around the globe to successfully engage with their governments at all levels and across a variety of health and human services programs. MAXIMUS delivers innovative business process management and technology solutions that contribute to improved outcomes for citizens and higher levels of productivity, accuracy, accountability and efficiency of government-sponsored programs. With more than 30,000 employees worldwide, MAXIMUS is a proud partner to government agencies in the United States, Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

    Job Description Summary

    MAXIMUS is seeking a Chief Scientific Programmer to join our team in College Park, MD. The candidate will directly support NOAA’s Satellite Products and Services Division (SPSD) whose mission is to provide real time access to satellite data and products for the public and government.

    In a 24x7 operational environment, the candidate, will be responsible for:
    • Converting scientific, engineering, and other technical problem formulations to formats that can be processed by computer.
    • Configuring and integrating applications which process and distribute NOAA weather data in a 24x7 operational environment.
    • Testing, troubleshooting and modifying new and existing products and applications
    • Authoring new and/or updating existing product and application documentation.
    • Providing management and lead support to a team of programmers of various levels
    • Responsible for ensuring reliable operation of the systems that decode the data coming from weather satellites, make images, perform scientific analyses to make higher level products, and make these products available to National Weather Services (NWS) local forecast offices, NWS supercomputers running advanced numerical models, and a host of other users at NOAA, other government agencies, international users and more
    • Providing immediate code fixes for problems impacting product delivery/quality in near-real-time
    • Isolating root causes and design mitigation for factors that impair system performance.
    • Development and implementation of both fixes and enhancements that are managed using the Software Development Life Cycle as required by the customer.
    • Developing methods to improve monitoring, error reporting, and automated error mitigation
    • Working in close collaboration with operational analysts, support programmer[s], and government leads

    Project Minimum Requirements:
    • Bachelors Degree in physical sciences, engineering or computer science from an accredited college or university required, Masters Degree is preferred
    • At least 10 years of programming experience
    • Proficiency in in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio and Project)
    • Highly detail-oriented and productivity-oriented
    • Organized, timely, and customer service-oriented
    • Ability to work well independently, in a team setting and provide mentorship to junior level programmers
    • Adaptability, flexibility and ability to deal with ambiguity and change
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Knowledge of remote sensing systems, retrieval algorithms
    • Knowledge of satellite ground systems processing
    • Linux, Bash shell, Perl, Python, HTML5, IDL, MATLAB
    • Experience using GDAL or PyResample; Experience in IDL widget programming
    • Familiarity with scientific data formats such as HDF-4, HDF-5, netcdf
    • Familiarity with Meteorological data formats such as bufr, grib2, McIDAS, 1b satellite formats
    • RHEL 6 on VM-ware, Windows 7
    • Apache, JBoss, WSO2
    • Experience using Apache Subversion (SVN) or other version control software

    Additional experience and desired qualifications
    • Previous government experience
    • NASA/NOAA ground system and product generation/distribution experience
    • Experience with software security code review
    • Operational systems support

    Physical Requirements:
    • Ability to sit for up to 80% of time
    • Ability to lift or carry objects up to 10 lbs.
    • Frequent use of computer, telephone, and office equipment (copier, fax, scanner)

    Per contract requirements, candidates must:

    • Have the ability to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Security Clearance
    • Have United States Citizenship


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
    - Develop and test Case Manager solutions, their case types, tasks, steps, properties, roles, in-basket.
    - Customize out-of-the-box Case Manager widgets, including wiring event.
    - Develop custom Business Space widgets as necessary to customize the Case Manager Client.
    - Develop best in class workflow tool for the Retirement Services.
    - Create custom widgets using the Case Management REST Resources.
    - Create custom widget using Process Engine REST Service.
    - Create custom widget using the Case Manager REST protocol.
    - Create custom widget using IBM CMIS.

    Minimum Requirements:
    - Works on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors.
    - Exercises judgement in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
    - Networks with key contacts outside own area of expertise.
    - Determines methods and procedures on new assignments and may coordinate activities of other personnel as a team lead.
    - Typically requires a minimum of 8 years of related experience with a Bachelor's degree; or 6 years and a Master's degree; or a PhD with 3 years experience; or equivalent experience.

    - Computer Professional Job Profile


    EEO Statement: Active military service members, their spouses, and veteran candidates often embody the core competencies MAXIMUS deems essential, and bring a resiliency and dependability that greatly enhances our workforce. We recognize your unique skills and experiences, and want to provide you with a career path that allows you to continue making a difference for our country. We’re proud of our connections to organizations dedicated to serving veterans and their families. If you are transitioning from military to civilian life, have prior service, are a retired veteran or a member of the National Guard or Reserves, or a spouse of an active military service member, we have challenging and rewarding career opportunities available for you. A committed and diverse workforce is our most important resource. MAXIMUS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. MAXIMUS provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disabled status.


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