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Scientific Programmer

University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, NC

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UNC Asheville Overview:

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 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 is expected to foster an inclusive work culture where uniqueness of beliefs, backgrounds, talents, capabilities and ways of living are respected and welcomed. Women, traditionally under-represented minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Position Type:

EHRA Staff


Scientific Programmer

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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.

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Months per Year:

12 Months

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 Software Developer to join our staff in a full-time position to support NEMAC’s applied research efforts.

Specifically, this position will be supporting a grant from the National Institute of Health, by building a novel Software-as-a-Service offering for quantitative modeling of biochemical networks capable of seamless deployment in public cloud environment, called StochSS.

The successful applicant will conduct applied research and assist in the development, and maintenance of computational software, web applications and creation of biochemical models. They must have proven experience developing scientific software, simulation methodologies, and cloud-native software solutions. They must have experience with outreach and working with external collaborators to help end users better understand complex systems data and information through innovative and interactive tools and technologies. 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.

This position is anticipated to extend no longer than the project period of this grant (ends June, 2023).



Required Education/Experience/Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Understanding of cloud technologies (especially AWS) both for general compute infrastructure and for web application development with a solid understanding of serverless.
  • Software development experience with one or more of the following languages: JavaScript, PHP, Python, or equivalent.
  • Experience developing and maintaining web-based applications.
  • Experience building software with version control in a team environment (e.g. Git).

Preferred Education/Experience/Skills:

  • Coursework in advanced mathematics and/or statistics
  • Experience developing scientific software
  • Experience developing web applications
  • Experience developing models of complex biological systems
  • Experience with stochastic simulation algorithms
  • Experience project managing multiple interconnect projects
  • Experience coordinating development of multiple teams
  • Experience writing scientific publications
  • Experience presenting at scientific conferences
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate interns
  • Experience developing with cloud technologies (e.g. the AWS platform, Kubernetes, Terraform)
  • Experience maintaining computing resources with AWS, OpenStack, or similar cloud technologies
  • Familiarity with DevOps principles
  • Experience troubleshooting Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems
  • Experience maintaining Linux web servers
  • Familiarity with statistical analyses and data management practices used in computational science

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :

  • Ability to program in Python / Cython
  • Ability to program in C and C++
  • Knowledge of fundamental web technologies HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Knowledge of cloud technologies
  • Knowledge of database management systems
  • Ability to adapt to new technical environments
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team environment
  • Ability to function in a highly self-directed manner
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills

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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The University of North Carolina Asheville offers a singular experience for original minds.

We’re the original and only liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. We break down conventions, overcome obstacles, expand horizons. We dare to connect curiosity and critical thinking, courage and challenge, imagination and impact, opportunity and responsibility. When the world looks down, we look up.

We’re a public resource that draws on a deep history to make a profound impact—on our students and on the world. We founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Our STEAM Studio helped to produce the largest public art installation ever shown in Times Square. We offer majors and concentrations that re-tool the liberal arts and sciences for new challenges and new opportunities. We live in one of America’s great small cities, a mountain town with wit and grit, with an artist’s eye and an explorer’s heart.

We are the originals. We’re rooted in the Land of the Sky, at the intersection of what’s known and what’s possible. This is an education that’s affordable, adaptive, and endlessly relevant. This is an experience where every path leads to a new vista, where there’s room for every voice, and where the future is a frontier—vast and bright and close enough to touch.

UNC Asheville’s national reputation for empowering human potential is rooted in its unique student-centric public liberal arts and sciences mission. UNC Asheville thrives on close-knit connections among students and their faculty and staff mentors. The University’s 3,300 students are innovative, ethical, creative and resilient leaders who seek to understand complex global challenges and find creative, sustainable solutions that benefit our communities and the world. More than 65 percent of UNC Asheville students conduct applied research alongside faculty experts. UNC Asheville consistently ranks as a national top 10 Public Liberal Arts and Sciences University by U.S. News & World Report, and on its list of Most Innovative Schools. UNC Asheville regularly earns several national top 20 rankings in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 386 Colleges,” including Best Quality of Life, Town-Gown Relations, and UNC Asheville has ranked in the top two nationally for the “Best Schools for Making an Impact,” in The Princeton Review’s “Colleges that Pay You Back.”

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