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School of Environmental and Forest Sciences has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Geospatial Application Developer/Database Specialist.
This position will contribute to the success of the wildfire and smoke emissions research conducted by a collaboration between the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) and the US Forest Services Pacific Northwest Research Station’s AirFire program. The incumbent will provide technical expertise in support of a fire, fuels, smoke emissions, and combustion research group composed of university faculty, research staff, graduate students, and scientists from cooperating agencies and contractors. This position will serve as the geospatial analyst and application development lead for the research team, leading and implementing the design and programming of GIS based analyses and programs for both research and operational applications. The position requires independent planning, prioritizing, and execution of projects and tasks under the general direction of a SEFS faculty member and a PNW Research Station scientist representing the interests of the AirFire group. The position will develop solutions for the efficient use of geospatial data within individual research projects and optimize resources shared among several research projects.
Duties and Responsibilities: •Takes primary responsibility for all phases of geospatial systems and application development that will be deployed on multiple computer platforms or via web-based technologies. •Leads geospatial database development and administration. Responsible for database performance, accessibility, and integrity. •Supports research and analysis using GIS and remote sensing data. •Supports principal investigators on project management and interface with a group of research scientists, federal cooperators, and contractors. •Writes internal/technical documentation as well as contributes to external scientific documentation, including peer-reviewed research papers. •Prepares and manages data, including collecting, cleaning, organizing, and maintaining datasets. •Prepares metadata for the completed research projects following the federal requirements or those from funding agencies. •Provides technical assistance and support to other projects underway within the group. •Maintains and documents projects as necessary. •Performs related duties as required.
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Qualifications: •Master’s Degree in Geography, Data Sciences, Quantitative Sciences, Forestry, or related field and 3 to 5 years of experience relevant to the duties listed above, or equivalent degree. •Experience with GIS software, particularly Esri ArcGIS. •Experience developing geospatial SQL databases. Experience building relational data structures, performance tuning, indexing, and triggers. Expertise deploying and administering PostgreSQL/PostGIS and spatial SQL functions. •Experience with geospatial application development, including object-oriented programming and object-oriented design for applications. •Experience using remote sensing data including satellite data in technical analyses and/or web deployed tools. •Extensive experience using Python, GDAL/OGR, and Linux utilities to convert, reproject, and analyze geospatial data including remote sensing data in scientific data formats. •Experience with the Python APIs “ArcPy” and “ArcGIS API for Python” to manipulate and analyze geospatial data and publish to ArcGIS Online. •Experience with Amazon Web Services EC2, RDS, SQS, S3, and security. •Demonstrated ability to create clear and concise visual displays of geospatial and quantitative data. •Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment. •Experience in web services and applications. •Ability to communicate effectively with research scientists. •Strong communication and interpersonal skills including ability to write technical documentation. •Sincere interest in learning about natural resource management applications and fire and smoke science.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
Desirable knowledge, skills and abilities: •Experience with Unix as well as either Mac OS or Windows OS. •Experience working collaboratively with research scientists. •Minimum of 2 years in a supervisory role directing technicians and assisting graduate students on their research.
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