• Scientific Programmer SOCC

    Job Locations US-MD-Suitland
    Posted Date 2 months ago(11/29/2019 9:40 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

    The MAXIMUS Satellite Missions Operation and Maintenance Support (SMOMS) contract provides support to OSPO in achieving their mission to manage and direct the operations of NOAA’s GOES and POES satellites; operationally command, control and track NOAA and partnership satellites; ingest, process and distribute satellite products; ensure that security, availability, reliability, timeliness and quality requirements are met; and operate and maintain additional satellites as required to support the overall NOAA mission to understand and predict changes in climate, weather and coasts.

    MAXIMUS is seeking a Scientific Programmer III to join our team in Suitland, MD. This position will directly support the Satellite Operations Command Center in providing expert programming support to all missions to install new software releases and system upgrades as well as evaluate and install patches and resolve software-related problems. Work after hours and at other NOAA facilities may be required periodically.

    In a 24x7 operational environment, the candidate, with very little supervision, 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.

    Key tasks will include:
    •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.

    •Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university required
    •At least 5 to 8 years of programming experience
    •Proficiency in in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio and Project)
    •Strong verbal and written communication skills
    •Highly detail-oriented and productivity-oriented
    •Organized, timely, and customer service-oriented
    •Ability to work well independently and in a team setting
    •Adaptability, flexibility and ability to deal with ambiguity and change

    Key elements of the target software environment include:
    •Perl, Python, shell scripting
    •RHEL 6 on VM-ware, Windows 7
    •Apache, JBoss, WSO2
    •ClearCase, Subversion
    •Meteorological Scientific data formats such as HDF-4, HDF-5, netCDF
    •Java, C, C++, F90/95, IDL

    Additional experience and desired qualifications
    •Previous government experience
    •B.S. in engineering or science discipline
    •NASA/NOAA ground system and product generation/distribution experience
    •Attention to detail
    •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:
    - Supports operations at the NOAA Environmental Satellite Processing Center.
    - 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.
    - Directly support NOAA’s Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite system the mission of which is to provide environmental monitoring to the US government. This is a 24x7 operational environment.
    - Update, reconfigure and support of the TEP effort (Training and Test Simulator Emulation Program) of the NOAA Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite program.
    - Develop new solutions required to make the TTS Emulation Program (TEP) more closely reflect the performance of the actual satellites being emulated.
    - Complete TEP migration to a Linux environment.
    - Install and configure TEP at multiple locations, complete testing and acquire approval to use the systems from our government customer.
    - Create software Programmable Serial Interface (PSI) module to handle command formatting and then replicate that command remotely.
    - Create and release of TEP Phase II software, including the PSI listed above, testing and installation.
    - Create Command Encryption Module (CEM) used for encryption of commands used in remote synchronization.
    - Create and release of TEP Phase III software including the CEM listed above, testing and installation.

    Minimum Requirements:
    - Typically requires a minimum of 5 years of related experience with a Bachelor's degree; or 3 years and a Master's degree; or a PhD without experience; or equivalent work experience.
    - Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors.
    - Demonstrates good judgement in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
    - Networks with senior internal and external personnel in own area of expertise.


    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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