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NLM Division: Office of Computer and Communications Systems (OCCS)

NLM Program/Office: Applications Branch/E-Library Technology Support Section (ELTS)

Application Period: 9/16/2023 to 9/25/2023


Grade/Series: GS13-2210
Location: Montgomery County, MD
Remote Job: No
Telework eligible: Yes- as determined by the agency policy.
Travel Required: Not required

Position Description/Responsibilities:

The IT Specialist (SYSADMIN/APPSW) candidate will be expected to:

  • Serve as the expert intermediary between the systems administration and application functions/teams in the Applications Branch (e.g., developers, networking team, infrastructure security team, infrastructure systems team).
  • Coordinate projects and activities, and manage the deployment, maintenance, and upgrade process of applications developed by different development groups and teams.
  • Work with software application developers to architect, configure, and troubleshoot application servers and the software running on the developed applications.
  • Oversee and ensure systems administration, patching, networking, and provisioning support of application servers within the OCCS applications platform.
  • Manage approximately 400 application servers in support of the NLM mission and ensure support for applications residing on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.
  • Direct and oversee provisioning and patching scripts for on-premises application servers and AWS Cloud.
  • Create, maintain, and administer automated testing frameworks that allow in-depth testing of User Interfaces, modules, and security of custom software applications across multiple programming languages and platforms.
  • Maintain the integrity, security, and availability of NOSQL databases and database-like technologies, and troubleshoot server issues, including tuning performance, isolate and fix application problems, and apply security patches.
  • Analyze and evaluate new systems engineering technologies, and develop and coordinate lifecycle development processes and tools to facilitate agile development methodologies.
  • Identify future-state objectives for the development environment, and provide guidance on best practices to maintain the development environments and support the rapid development and testing of web based solutions.
  • Provide analysis and guidance on program related information technology (IT) issues or problems where new analytical techniques must be developed to identify and evaluate findings.
  • Identify and maintain firewall rules needed to allow application communication, and create and maintain approximately 2500 firewall rules in support of application network communication.

Position Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement or proof of being a U.S. National must be met by closing date.
  • Employment is subject to the successful completion of a background investigation, verification of qualifications, completion of onboarding forms, submission of required documents, and any other job-related requirement before or after appointment.
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Applicants must meet all qualifications requirements within thirty (30) calendar days of the closing date of this announcement, including time in grade.

Education Requirements

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Salary and Benefits:

$112,015 - $145,617

How to Apply



Contact Information: Douglas Bruno, Human Resources Specialist

HHS, NIH, and NLM are equal opportunity employers.

Last Reviewed: September 14, 2023