[unav_all] Job Announcement: UNAVCO Software Engineer

Holly Zilling zilling at unavco.org
Wed Jan 25 10:58:30 MST 2012

UNAVCO, a non-profit membership-governed consortium, facilitates geoscience research and education using geodesy. 

For nearly three decades, UNAVCO has spearheaded the utilization of cutting-edge technology while providing robust operational support for researchers exploring tectonics (earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics), the deformation of ice, the Earth's response to ground water, sea level, and aspects of the hydrosphere, and atmosphere. Our instrumentation toolbox includes high-precision GPS,  LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) for Airborne Laser Swath Mapping and Terrestrial Laser Scanning,  InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar),  and more.  We host the NSF’s Geodesy Data Archive and provide cyberinfrastructure to support the full data life cycle and interoperability with national and international Earth science Data Centers.

Our long-term success depends on development of a forward-looking, diversified workforce that draws on and cultivates talent across the demographic spectrum of gender and ethnicity, across international boundaries, and across scientific disciplines.

Position overview

UNAVCO has two open positions to fill at either the Software Engineer II or III level.  As a Software Engineer you will provide critical support to the Geodesy Data Archive functions. You will collaborate with other software engineers and scientists on systems requirements and design, and you will develop software systems and web tools supporting distribution of data and metadata to our global network of researchers and data centers. We have opportunities for special projects to utilize your unique set of skills to help us build the next generation of tools for leveraging geodetic science to the next level.

Summary of Job

The tasks to be addressed by these positions are:

·       Leads software development in support of UNAVCO’s role in several multi-institutional efforts to build data discovery, access, distribution, and processing capabilities using Service Oriented Architecture
·       Provides database administration for multiple databases running on a variety of relational database management systems
·       Collaborates with data engineers and scientists on schema requirements and designs and implements schema designs
·       Develops web tools, forms and reports supporting population of databases and distribution of data and metadata to UNAVCO’s global network of researchers and data centers
·       Participates in the team that develops and supports software for new and evolving UNAVCO projects in support of archiving of data and products for GPS, InSAR, LiDAR and other data types

·       Collaborates and consults with the Web team on Web interface corporate standards, user-experience design, and Web site integration

Skills and Knowledge, Position-specific

The individual hired must have these skill levels in the associated knowledge areas:

·       Proficient or advanced skills with Subversion or a similar source code control environment

·       Experience with computing in networked UNIX environments, preferably with Solaris and RH Linux; working skills on MS Windows and MacOS

·       Proficient skills with UNIX shell scripting

The individual hired will have three or more of the following skill levels in the associated knowledge areas:

·       Proficient or advanced skills in object oriented software development with Java, Perl, and with class hierarchies and abstraction.

·       Proficient or advanced skills in web development with PHP, Google Maps API, JavaScript, and JSP.

·       Proficient or advanced skills in development of web services utilizing technologies such as REST, SOAP, XML, HTTP, Tomcat, and Axis2

·       Proficient in collaborative development in the open source environment

·       Proficient in SQL and in programming queries using database access with JDBC or Perl DBD


In addition, the individual hired will have three or more of the following skill levels in the associated knowledge areas:

·       Experience with Oracle or Postgres/PostGIS database administration
·       Experience with SQL and its procedural extensions, especially PL/SQL
·       Experience with spatial databases and spatial queries
·       Experience with Object-Relational Mapping techniques

·       Experience with ASP and jQuery

 Education and Experience
 ·       Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Information Systems and a minimum of four years software development experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
To apply:
View the position description and register your candidacy by uploading your application materials at https://unavcocareers.silkroad.com
Holly Zilling
Administrative Assistant
fax: 303-381-7501
zilling at unavco.org

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