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Since 2005 UC Berkeley’s Geospatial Innovation Facility has provided leadership and training across a broad array of integrated geospatial technologies. Our mission is to help people better understand the changing world through the analysis and visualization of spatial data. We develop innovative tools such as Cal-Adapt that engage users in understanding complex environmental data and provide training opportunities for students to learn how they can use spatial data to answer critical questions. We collaborate with domain experts on campus, partner with industry, and reach out to community organizations to bring world-class geospatial technology to UC Berkeley, the Bay Area, and beyond.
UC Berkeley’s Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) is currently looking for an enthusiastic Web Application Developer to join our team in designing a next-generation Cal-Adapt.org. Our work focuses on building data driven, user friendly, interactive tools and visualizations that allow users to explore, analyze, and share complex environmental information to support climate adaptation and decision making. The Web Application Programmer will work closely with our small creative team of experienced programmers to help design and build new tools and strengthen the data processing pipeline for Cal-Adapt and other grant-funded GIF projects including California’s Adaptation Clearinghouse.
The ideal candidate will enjoy creating interactive dashboards, data visualizations, and other interfaces that provide an intuitive and dynamic user experience for exploring big geospatial data. We are looking for talented Web Developers who are excited about applying their skills to help solve some of the most critical challenges facing the world today. As part of the GIF team, you will be contributing to creating open source tools and applications that can make a real impact on California’s ability to adapt to the changing climate.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: April 19, 2022.
- Design, develop, and implement visually compelling interactive data visualizations of large geospatial datasets using the Cal-Adapt API.
- Analyze existing programs, devise logic procedures, perform coding, data analysis, and test/debug programs through the application of professional programming concepts.
- Utilize open-source and web-based technology for reproducible and repeatable data analysis and publication (e.g. GitHub, Jupyter notebooks, RShiny).
- Collaborate with GIF team to develop training and presentation materials and lead occasional trainings on geospatial and web mapping applications.
- Possess creative vision and the ability to implement UI design ideas using web API’s.
- Ability to communicate technical and scientific information in a clear and concise manner with clients and users.
- Requires interpersonal skills in order to work with both technical and non-technical personnel at various levels.
- Understanding of best practices in responsive web development and web standards.
Familiarity with and/or ability to learn version control (Git and GitHub).
- Ability to debug code.
- Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently.
Bachelors or Masters degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
- Familiarity with and/or ability to learn CSS preprocessors (Sass, Less, PostCSS).
- Deployment on and/or ability to learn UNIX/Linux operating systems in a production environment.
- Experience writing software unit and integration tests.
- Understanding of fundamental UX and UI design concepts.
- Basic understanding of geospatial data formats and standards.
- Understanding of core spatial concepts and the application of spatial analysis methods.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $80,000.00 – $100,000.00. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.
This is aone year, 100% full-time, 40-hours per week, Contract (temporary) appointment, eligible for full UC benefits and with the possibility of extension depending on funding.
This is a remote-friendly position, with the possibility for 100% remote capability.
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