November 2016
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[Met-jobs] Visiting Scientist Software Developer at the University of New Hampshire (USA)

From Roger Brugge <>
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Date Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:36:04 +0000

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Visiting Scientist Software Developer
NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS)/Office of Dissemination (DISS) and
National Ocean Service (NOS)/Coast Survey Development Laboratory (CSDL)
Durham, NH
Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to
4:00 p.m. (MST), Friday 18 November, 2016.

Where You Will Work
This position will be located in the NOAA-UNH Joint Hydrographic Center
(JHC)/Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping on the beautiful campus of
the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Visiting
Scientist Programs (VSP), in cooperation with NOAA’s National Weather
Service (NWS)/Office of Dissemination (DISS) and National Ocean Service
(NOS)/Coast Survey Development Laboratory (CSDL), is seeking
applications for a Visiting Scientist – Software Developer.
VSP partners with federal agencies and universities across the nation to
recruit, hire and provide administrative management to scientists who
are working on cutting-edge research of benefit to society. Visiting
Scientists become employees of UCAR, which is based in Boulder,
Colorado. Many scientists are hosted at NOAA research and operational
settings located throughout the U.S.

The Visiting Scientist will become a part of NOAA’s nowCOAST Development
Team.  nowCOAST (<>) is a web-based GIS portal
which provides users and partners with near-real-time coastal
intelligence on recent past, present and future environmental
conditions.  This is accomplished by integrating and disseminating
surface observations, imagery, watches/warnings, forecasts, and model
forecast guidance from NOS, NWS, NESDIS, and other federal and state
agencies.  nowCOAST has become a critical data source for users in
emergency management, coastal management, maritime operations, etc.,
many of whom provide 24 x 7 decision support functions to their own
users.  nowCOAST is hosted in the NOAA Integrated Dissemination Program
(IDP) infrastructure and is monitored 24 x 7 by NCEP Central Operations.

What You Will Do
The Visiting Scientist position involves helping with 1) the enhancement
of NOAA’s nowCOAST data ingest system, web mapping services, and map
viewer to improve efficiencies, implement additional features and
functionality, and incorporate the processing and display of additional
NOAA datasets, 2) the development of an interactive web-based map viewer
application to fulfill NWS mission requirements using the nowCOAST
framework, and 3) the development of a prototype common data ingest
system based on the nowCOAST framework and open source software. The
specific responsibilities associated with the position are:
• Work with the nowCOAST lead developer to create a JavaScript-based web
map viewer application for NWS using the nowCOAST framework that meets
NWS functionality and content requirements.
• Modify and extend the nowCOAST Python-based data ingest system to
process additional near-real-time datasets while optimizing resource
usage efficiency and framework reusability, scalability, and performance.
• Create new web mapping services and modify existing nowCOAST map
services to include additional datasets and improve map service
performance, cartography, and organization.
• Identify test cases and work with other team members to develop
automated test suites to verify the quality, correctness, and
reliability of new nowCOAST versions prior to release.
• Work with other nowCOAST team members to design and develop a
prototype common data ingest system to meet the requirements of both
nowCOAST map services and IDP GIS map services in the future.  The
common data ingest system will be based on open source software and the
present nowCOAST data ingest framework.
• Assist NCO System Administrators to restore nowCOAST (ArcGIS Server
stack) and IDP GIS web map services (ArcGIS Server stack and GeoServer
stack) back to normal operations following unplanned outages.  This will
require occasional on-call technical response during non-business hours
when the primary responder is not available.
Minimum Job Requirements – What You Need
• Strong knowledge of and experience with software development and
debugging, including database and web service programming and
performance optimization.
• Experience in the implementation, monitoring, and troubleshooting of
applications in an operational Linux environment.
• Familiarity with the manipulation and visualization of GIS spatial
data sets (e.g. raster and vector) in different formats (e.g. Shapefile,
• 2 or more years of experience with several of the following software
technologies related to processing and display of geospatial data:
• GIS Software – ArcGIS Desktop and Server, GDAL/OGR, QGIS, GeoServer
• Databases – PostgreSQL with PostGIS extension, ArcSDE
• Languages/Technologies – Python, JavaScript, SQL, Subversion/Git,
Apache, Tomcat
• Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science or Information
Technology with 2 or more years of software development experience, OR
• Bachelor of Science Degree in related field such as Meteorology or
Atmospheric Sciences with significant course work in Computer Sciences
or Information Technology along with 2 or more years of software
development experience, OR
• Equivalent combination of education (e.g. Master’s Degree) and
software development experience
Desired Skills
• Strong knowledge of software design principles and version control
best practices.
• Familiarity with the implementation and maintenance of GIS map services.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision
and as part of a team.
• Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR’s relocation policy.
• U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under
8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position.  UCAR/NCAR will not
sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.

For information on how to apply, please visit:

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal
opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to
develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing
equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and
does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion,
national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status,
genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,
or pregnancy.
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is an EO/AAE who
values and encourages diversity in the workplace.

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