Principal Software Developer

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UNC Asheville Overview: UNC Asheville is committed to promoting diversity and a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and the ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. Staff members are encouraged to take an active role to engage in the institution's efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the workplace. The successful candidate will be expected to foster an inclusive work culture where uniqueness of beliefs, backgrounds, talents, capabilities and ways of living are respected and welcomed.

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, UNC Asheville is the designated public liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. UNC Asheville is nationally known for the quality of our student-centered teaching, mentoring of undergraduates in research, interdisciplinary learning, and striving to be an inclusive campus community.

UNC Asheville's commitment to increasing and sustaining the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students is reflected in our strategic plan goals of diversity and inclusion, and social sustainability. (http://www3.unca.edu/spcms3/) Women, traditionally under-represented minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Title: Principal Software Developer
Division: Academic Affairs
Department: NEMAC
Position Summary: UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center ( NEMAC ) helps people understand—and reach decisions in— a complex and changing world.

NEMAC conducts applied environmental research to create tools that address the challenges and opportunities of human interaction with the environment. By integrating data, creating visualizations, facilitating understanding, and providing decision support, we work to address issues that impact our society. Our goal is to help people understand the relevance and importance of complex environmental issues. With the assistance of UNC Asheville undergraduate research interns, NEMAC develops web applications, interactive geographic information systems ( GIS ) solutions, multimedia delivery technologies, and print media. Over the last several years, NEMAC has built multiple nationally recognized online decision support tools that have supported decision making in the areas of climate variability and change, forest health, and other environmental issues.

NEMAC is currently seeking a Principal Software Developer to join our staff in a full-time position to support NEMAC's applied research efforts.

The Principal Software Developer will be an integral part of a small software development team that creates and maintains interactive products and data visualization tools to support decision making in a visual environment, with a focus on environmental, weather, climate, and geographic sciences. The Principal Software Developer will work closely with the team leader to implement custom software designed to meet project requirements. The Principal Software Developer will regularly interface with clients to assess project needs and requirements and will give occasional presentations to clients and the public. The person filling this position must be technically savvy but also have excellent applied research, communication and project management skills to support NEMAC's overall program.
Position Number: 000131
Months per Year: 12 Months
FLSA: Exempt
Full Time/Part_Time: Full-Time
Full-Time/Part-Time/Intermittent:
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Posting Detail Information

Posting Number: E0190
Required Education/Experience/Skills:

  • Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or related field
  • Comprehensive knowledge with continuous integration principles which includes unit testing, performance testing, and client-side end-to-end testing (UI testing) and associated frameworks and tools.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of cloud technologies (especially AWS ) both for general compute infrastructure and for web application development with a solid understanding of serverless
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Git, GitHub, and Webpack.
  • Software development experience with one or more of the following languages: JavaScript, PHP , Python, etc.
  • Experience developing dynamic web applications with content management systems (i.e. Drupal and WordPress).

Preferred Education/Experience/Skills:
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in software development.
  • Understanding with HTML / CSS web site construction and with one or more of the following CSS preprocessors: SASS , LESS .
  • Programming skills in JavaScript.
  • Experience developing custom modules and themes in Drupal 8 or another CMS .
  • Understanding of JSON formats and their relationship to APIs
  • Experience writing software with a strong visual or interactive graphics components using D3 or similar visualization libraries.
  • Familiarity with relational databases such as MySQL/MariaDB, PostgreSQL.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills with experience in client and partner interface and a demonstrated ability to work well within a team.
  • Familiarity with Linux, including installation, maintenance, and software development in the Linux environment, and configuring web sites using the Apache HTTP .

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
  • Experience with software development practices.
  • Experience with developing database-driven web applications.
  • A solid understanding of and experience with HTML / CSS web site construction.
  • Ability and enthusiasm for learning new programming languages and techniques quickly.
  • Familiarity with data originating from a natural science field (i.e. forestry, weather, climate, or environmental science).
  • Very strong communication skills are expected as the candidate will give presentations, and prepare technical reports, publications, and proposals. They will also be required to train team members in the use of the above-mentioned software practices.
  • Ability to function independently, think creatively, and be able to work well with others in a cross-disciplinary team environment.
  • Ability to effectively manage workflow on multiple projects simultaneously is necessary.
  • Knowledge of general research methods and delivery results in an academic setting is preferred.

Recruitment Range: $50,000-$60,000
Work Schedule and Hours: Typical hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; occasional overtime may be needed to meet the needs of the department.
Posting Date: 09/12/2019
Closing date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
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Special Instructions to the Applicant: Applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. ( EST ) on the closing date for each specific position. Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned.

Official verification from each college/university you have attended are required upon employment, and will be requested directly from the college/university by Human Resources or from the National Student Clearinghouse. Any expense will be the responsibility of the employee. Educational degrees must be from an appropriately accredited institution.

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training and experience requirements, management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

It is the policy of UNC Asheville to conduct pre-employment background investigations on all candidates selected for employment. If hired, the candidate will be required to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice.

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Posted: 9/12/2019
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