Computer Scientist
Department of the Army 26,810 reviews - Tacoma, WA

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position: This position is in the Department of Informatics, which supports the use of health information technology throughout the Madigan Healthcare System. Specific capabilities include software development, database administration and reporting, training, clinical workflow and functional health systems support. Clinical Informatics remains focused on bending technology to meet the clinical requirements of staff and beneficiaries. The department is located in several offices on the Madigan Healthcare System campus.

On January 1, 2013, Madigan Healthcare System will become a tobacco free campus. This includes all tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivery devices such as "e-cigarettes." As part of this new policy and Madigan's commitment to employees and their health, newly hired staff may take advantage of one free tobacco cessation class.

This is a Temporary position. Appointment in this position does not provide competitive status to apply for permanent positions. This position may be extended based on the needs of the department and available funding.

Who May Apply: US Citizens


Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.

This position requires an immunization/medical screening.

Requires a completion of the Information Assurance Technician training.

This position is a TERM position.

Please see other requirements for a full list.

As a Computer Scientist, you will plan and carry out a variety of software development and software maintenance projects involving multiple information technology systems and programs using a wide range of software kits, libraries and other virtual tools. Develop software systems, computer graphics systems, integrated computer systems, high-speed computing systems and real time data acquisition systems. Design, evaluate and implement software solutions for specified products and production of electronic systems. Provide post production troubleshooting and support. Prepare technical specifications reports and statements of work used in specifying contracts requirements. Write and post documentation to the web to be used by providers, administrators, and beneficiaries. Provide technical descriptions and guidance to contractors and government staff. Provide technical support and programming related to web application and databases development and deployment. Coordinate test procedures with contractors and government staff.

Basic Education Requirement: To qualify applicants must have a Bachelor's degree with at least 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science courses, with at least 15 of the 30 semester hours being courses in statistics and mathematics that include differential and integral calculus. (NOTE: ALL ACADEMIC DEGREES AND COURSE WORK MUST BE FROM ACCREDITED OR PRE-ACCREDITED INSTITUTIONS) (NOTE: YOU MUST ATTACH A COPY OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS FOR VERIFICATION)


Complete Specialized Experience: To qualify applicants must have one year or more of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal Service, which includes developing and evaluating software programs and system testing within a Microsoft .NET framework using C+ (or higher) programming language with in a medical setting or organization.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of and Ability to Conduct Support Services
  • Knowledge of and Ability to Conduct Administrative Support Functions
  • Knowledge of Developing Systems
  • Knowledge of Computer Science Principles, Theories, Methods, Techniques, Standards and Practices
Credit will be given for unpaid/volunteer work.

Education is not substitutable for experience.

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and

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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.
Position requires a Personnel Security Investigation.
This is a Career Program Position 34.
Salary includes applicable locality pay or local market supplement.
This position requires an immunization/medical screening to determine inoculation for Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis, Chickenpox titer and skin test screening for Tuberculosis.
This position is a TERM position. It is temporary and may be extended up to a maximum of four years.
This Position requires a satisfactorily completion of the Information Assurance Technician (IAT) Level II training and be certified or recertified within six months of being assigned.

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the q uestionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

Basis for Rating : Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

Comprehensive health and life insurance
Competitive salaries
Generous retirement programs
Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
Flexible work environment to include use of Telework and alternate work schedules
Paid employment related training and education
Possible student loan repayment
Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.

• Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
• The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at

• In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at .)

• Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

• Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work experience.

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