Research Software Developer
Payroll Title: APPLICATIONS PROGR 3
Job Code: 7300
Job Open Date: 7/20/2022
Application Review Begins: 8/15/2022
Department Code-Name: NCEA
Percentage of Time: 100%
Collective Bargaining Unit (CBU): 99 - Non-Represented (PPSM)
Grade Type/Grade: Grade 22
FLSA Exemption Status: Exempt
Work Location: 1021 Anacapa Street
Pay Rate/Range: Commensurate with experience
Days/Hours: M-f 8am-5pm
Benefits Eligibility: Full benefits
Department Marketing Statement
Established in 1995, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) is a research center of the University of California, Santa Barbara and was the first national synthesis center of its kind. There is broad acknowledgement that NCEAS has significantly altered the way ecological science is conducted, towards being more collaborative, open, integrative, relevant, and technologically informed. Different from the scientific tradition of solitary lab or fieldwork, NCEAS fosters collaborative synthesis research – assembling interdisciplinary teams to distill existing data, ideas, theories, or methods drawn from many sources, across multiple fields of inquiry, to accelerate the generation of new scientific knowledge at a broad scale. NCEAS is located in downtown Santa Barbara in a beautiful city filled with activities -- downtown, on the beaches, and in the mountains. NCEAS is committed to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in science. We value diversity in expertise, backgrounds, needs and experiences, and aim to see diversity reflected among our residents and visitors. We are committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for everyone in our community.
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Brief Summary of Job Duties
Duties of this research software developer are conducted at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS; http://www. nceas.ucsb.edu/ecoinformatics/) at UC Santa Barbara to create a national software infrastructure for management and analysis of ecological and environmental data. Projects focus on novel approaches to sharing data and scientific products to enable open and reproducible science and facilitate synthetic research. Principal duties include: design and development for cloud, web-based, and desktop scientific data management and analysis software; web-design and development for sites and applications, including design of web service programming interfaces; and creation of end-user documentation and training materials. Software development will include data management and analysis systems using technologies such as linked open data, semantic search, and ontology engineering to solve challenging data discovery and integration problems spanning the environmental and earth sciences. In addition to technical design and development, duties also encompass communication and outreach to the international science community to promote the software and systems through writing, speaking, and training at, for example, scientific conferences and open science events. Duties also include technical collaboration on system design and development for specific grant-funded projects, including collaboration with researchers and engineers spanning a diverse set of partner institutions.
1-3 years: Experience with design and development of software programs in one or more programming languages (such as Python and Java)
1-3 years: Experience with releasing and maintaining software using testing frameworks (e.g. Mocha, Selenium), source code control systems (e.g., git, Github), and issue tracking systems.
Special Conditions of Employment
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For full consideration, please include a resume and a cover letter as part of your application.
Job Functions/Percentage of Time/Duties
60% Scientific Software Development:
Under general direction, designs, implements, tests, and maintains innovative desktop-based, server-based, and web-based scientific software systems for the management and analysis of ecological and environmental data and metadata. These systems include multiple software tools supporting a global network of data services used daily by many thousands of scientists worldwide.
20% Front End Development:
Under general direction, designs and implements cutting-edge, highly-usable graphical interfaces for new and existing web-based scientific data management applications.
Meets with developers and scientists from collaborating institutions nationally and internationally to design and architect data management systems for scientific data. Travels to other sites as needed to consult with scientists at participating institutions. Travels to science and engineering conferences to represent UCSB by presenting research results to the national science community
10% Writing and Documentation:
Documents software code and systems for use by scientists and other project developers, and assists in the preparation of grant-related reports and publications describing innovative research advances.
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