Employment at CPI

Space Scientific Software Engineering Lead

The United States Naval Observatory (USNO) is responsible for the production and dissemination of precise parameters of time, star positions, the earth’s rotation and other astronomical, geophysical and navigational data, as well as space situational awareness data, to the Department of Defense (DoD) and intelligence community, other U.S. Government (USG) users such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as non-USG civilian and international users. As part of its responsibilities, the USNO deploys and operates telescopes at multiple locations around the world to support U.S. Government needs as well as to fulfill its role in providing data and analyses to the world scientific community. The Astrometric Reconnaissance of Geosynchronous Satellites (ARGOS) project is a system of USNO telescopes that are used to observe near-field objects, calculate orbits, and record and report anomalies.

Computational Physics, Inc. (CPI) is seeking a Software Engineering Lead with a broad engineering and scientific background to provide project leadership in the development and operational deployment of the ARGOS system. Responsibilities of the Software Engineering Lead include overall project leadership, definition of system architecture, definition of interfaces, definition of standards, and production of all required and standard artifacts associated with this class of system.

The position is located at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington D.C. and is open now. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. CPI offers an excellent package of benefits that exceeds the industry standard.

During the covid-19 pandemic, telework will be required or permitted in accordance with applicable Navy and Observatory guidance in effect at the time.

Qualifications - Required

  • 10 or more years of experience in developing software-intensive systems using Python, Java, C/C++ or other high level programming languages used in scientific computing.
  • 5 or more years of experience in leading software development projects using an Agile software development life cycle (e.g., Scrum, XP, Kanban, etc.).
  • Experience with Linux or Unix operating systems.
  • Experience in the fields of astrodynamics, astronomy, or other related physical sciences.
  • Experience in the calculation of high accuracy orbits using astronomical data and orbit determination systems.
  • Experience in leading the development of scientific systems.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required by our contract with the Navy. In addition, candidates must be eligible to obtain a Secret clearance.

Qualifications - Desirable

    The following items of professional background are not expected of candidates. However, possession of one or more of these would add additional strength to an application for this position.

  • Experience in systems engineering supporting development of software intensive systems.
  • Experience with optical or RF telescope system operations and data reduction.
  • Experience using Integrated Development Environments (IDE) such as Eclipse or VSCode.
  • Knowledge of distributed and concurrent programming models.
  • Knowledge of virtualization and containerization technologies (e.g., vSphere, Docker, Podman).
  • Knowledge of LAMP or LEMP web service stacks.
  • Knowledge of DoD Risk Management Framework (RMF) and related practices and processes.
  • Security+ Certification

To apply, please send your resume in confidence to employment@cpi.com. In the subject line, please write “Scientific SE Lead.” A cover letter providing any additional information that you may feel would be useful is optional.

CPI is an Employee-owned Company and an Equal Opportunity Employer



Network Engineer, Windows Engineer, and Virtual Hosting Environment Engineer

The United States Naval Observatory (USNO) is responsible for the production and dissemination of precise parameters concerning time, star positions, and the earth’s rotation to the Department of Defense (DoD) and intelligence community (IC), other U.S. Government (USG) users such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as non-USG civilian and international users. Distribution of these parameters supports GPS navigation among other applications. A reliable, secure, maintainable and manageable USNO network is crucial to the production and dissemination of these data products.

Three positions are available in support of the new USNO network:

1. NETWORK ENGINEER

Qualifications

  • Five years or more of experience managing VHE environments.
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification.
  • Experience managing Cisco network infrastructure including ASA firewalls, VPN, and Firepower devices and Firepower Threat Defense.
  • Experience with Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching, routing and VLANs.
  • Security+ certification or any DoD-accepted equivalent.
  • Experience with DoD cyber security is highly desirable.
  • Data center experience is highly desirable.
  • U.S. citizenship is a requirement of our contract with the Navy

2. WINDOWS ENGINEER

Qualifications

  • Five years or more of experience managing Active Directory for an enterprise.
  • Must be a Microsoft 365 Certified Expert or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of Solarwinds or equivalent network management tools is required.
  • Security+ certification or any DoD-accepted equivalent is required.
  • Experience with DoD cyber security is highly desirable.
  • U.S. citizenship is a requirement of our contract with the Navy

3. VIRTUAL HOSTING ENVIRONMENT (VHE) ENGINEER

Qualifications

  • Five or more years of experience managing Virtual Hosting environments
  • VMware Certified Professional Certification (6.0 or higher is preferred).
  • Security+ certification or any DoD-accepted equivalent.
  • Experience with DoD cyber security is highly desirable.
  • Data center experience is highly desirable.
  • U.S. citizenship is a requirement of our contract with the Navy

The successful candidate will:

  • Provide direct support to the Precise Time, Celestial Reference Frame, Earth Orientation, and Astronomical Applications Departments at USNO.
  • Work with USNO Information Assurance staff to ensure compliance with DoD cybersecurity requirements.
  • Prepare and maintain associated documentation.

The position will be located at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington D.C. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. CPI offers an excellent package of benefits.

During the covid-19 pandemic, telework will be required or permitted in accordance with applicable Navy and Observatory guidance in effect at the time. The positions are expected to become available during August 2020.

To apply, please send your resume in confidence to employment@cpi.com. In the subject line, please indicate which position is of interest to you. A cover letter providing any additional information that you may feel would be useful is optional.

CPI is an Employee-owned Company and an Equal Opportunity Employer