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* 1.Do you have one year of full-time experience at the GS-11 level that is close or similar to the work of this job, which includes activities such as such as developing sophisticated astronomical software tools that have extensive graphical interfaces, managing large data sets; and knowledge of specialized scripting packages, scripting languages, utilities, data reduction packages, relational databases, and web documentation tools?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Do you have IT experience demonstrating these competencies? Attention to Detail - Thorough and conscientious about details. Customer Service - Works with others to assess needs; provide information; resolve problems; satisfy expectations. Oral Communication - Information is expressed effectively; clear and convincing presentations; and appropriate responses. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; uses sound judgment to generate/evaluate alternatives and make recommendations.
  1. Yes
  2. No


3.Which of the following programming languages do you have experience using in a Linux operating environment? (Check all that apply)
  1. C
  2. Fortran
  3. Shell scripts
  4. sed
  5. AWK
  6. Tcl
  7. IDL
  8. Python
  9. MySQL
  10. WIKI pages


4.Which of the following astronomy-specific applications have you used? (Check all that apply)
  1. IRAF
  2. RVSAO
  3. WCStools
  4. Starbase tables
  5. ds9
  6. SLALIB


5.What is your programming background? (Check all that apply)
  1. I have written interactive client-server applications software
  2. I have written test procedures to validate new versions of data reduction software
  3. I have purchased and configured a computer server for processing or archiving data.
  4. I have written cron jobs to automate data transfer over the internet.


6.Describe your experience, education, and training in planning, organizing, and prioritizing work in an operations environment using an incident tracking system.
Maximum length of 10000 characters.


7.What is the impact of computer code that you have written? (Check all that apply)
  1. I have trained users, such as students and scientists, to use my code
  2. I have presented my code in group meetings or conferences
  3. Users continue to use my code
  4. The results of my code have been used in refereed scientific papers


8.What data reduction tasks have you completed? (Check all that apply)
  1. Coded a fully functional program to process scientific data.
  2. Scripted together multiple programs to form a data reduction pipeline
  3. Processed multiple datasets through a data reduction pipeline
  4. Managed data distributions from a data reduction pipeline
  5. Maintained an existing data reduction pipeline
  6. Interacted with users to improve a data reduction pipeline


9.Describe your approach to programming and running a data reduction pipeline, and how you maximize its scientific impact.
Maximum length of 10000 characters.


10.What types of astronomical data have you personally processed in the past? (Check all that apply)
  1. Infrared spectra
  2. Optical spectra
  3. Infared images
  4. Optical images
  5. I have not worked with astronomical optical or infrared data.


11.What is your understanding of astronomical data? (Check all that apply)
  1. I have measured photometry of astronomical sources.
  2. I have measured astrometry of astronomical sources.
  3. I have measured surface brightness profiles of astronomical sources.
  4. I have measured radial velocities of astronomical sources.
  5. I have measured emission or absorption line strengths of astronomical sources.


12.What is the approximate size of the individual data files that you have processed?
  1. =<10Mb
  2. 100 Mb
  3. 1Gb
  4. 10Gb
  5. 100Gb
  6. =>1Tb


13.What is your experience with managing data archives? (Check all that apply)
  1. I have stored data in a data archive.
  2. I have verified data quality in a data archive.
  3. I have backed-up data in a data archive, such as with tape media.
  4. I have maintained a master database of data added to an archive.
  5. I have written tools to make an archive searchable and accessible to other users


14.Give an example of a data set or archive that you have worked on, and the best practices you use to maintain it.
Maximum length of 10000 characters.


15.What is your technical writing experience? (Check all that apply)
  1. I have written the data acquisition procedure for obtaining data with an astronomical spectrograph or imager.
  2. I have written a “cookbook” that guides scientists on how to process a raw spectrum or image through a data reduction pipeline
  3. I have written a user manual explaining how my code functions and how to use it.
  4. I have written, as first author, a published journal paper.


16.How comfortable are you working with others? (Check all that apply)
  1. I have primarily worked independently
  2. I have successfully worked as a member of a small team of technical staff
  3. I have actively supported users at remote locations, such as astronomical observatories


17.Do you have anything else to add?
Maximum length of 10000 characters.






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