Job Detail

Organization: UC Berkeley's Geospatial Innovation Facility
Title: Web Application Developer
Location: Remote, USA

Posted: 2022-10-20
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

UC Berkeley’s Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) is currently looking for an enthusiastic front-end Web Application Developer to join our team in designing a next-generation 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 web applications and continue to develop and maintain existing web applications including Cal-Adapt and other grant-funded GIF projects such as California’s Adaptation Clearinghouse.

The ideal candidate will enjoy creating interactive dashboards, web pages, 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.

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.

CAL-ADAPT is an interactive, publicly accessible web-based application providing easy-to-understand visualizations of locally relevant climate-related risks that enable users to explore research results and climate projections. As part of California’s Fifth Climate Change Assessment, the GIF is teaming with partners at Eagle Rock Analytics and researchers at UC Berkeley to develop the Cal-Adapt: Analytics Engine, an open-source cloud-based platform being developed to host the next generation of downscaled climate data and to provide computational resources in the cloud, allowing users to work with Petabytes of data supported by scientific guidance. This position will help support the development of the AE in addition to other projects.

● Design, develop, and implement visually compelling interactive data visualizations and web applications using web API’s
● 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 project teams and stakeholders to create design mockups utilizing fundamental UX and UI design concepts

● Possess creative vision and the ability to design and implement web applications using web API’s
● Experience with creating web applications using HTML, CSS, SVG, JSON, and JavaScript (ES6+)
● Experience with creating data visualizations and web mapping applications using JavaScript libraries (such as D3, Leaflet, MapboxGL)
● Ability to communicate technical and scientific information in a clear and concise manner with clients and users
● Understanding of best practices in responsive web development and web standards
● Comfortable using the Command Line Interface to use and develop software
● Familiarity with version control (Git and GitHub)
● Ability to debug code
● Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently

● Experience with JavaScript frameworks (Svelte, React, Vue, etc.)
● Familiarity with modern JavaScript tooling (npm, Webpack, Vite)
● Familiarity with CSS preprocessors (Sass, Less, PostCSS)
● Deployment on UNIX/Linux operating systems in a production environment
● Experience writing software unit and integration tests
● Understanding of fundamental UX and UI design concepts and ability to create mockups
● Basic understanding of geospatial data formats and standards

This is a 12-month, full-time (40 hours per week), Contract position, eligible for full UC benefits with the possibility of extension. The annual salary is commensurate with experience.

This is a remote-friendly position, with the possibility for 100% remote capability. Due to funding agency requirements, California residency is preferred but not required.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

We will begin reviewing applicants on October 28th and continue until the position has been filled. Please apply at:

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