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WebOPs Research Software Engineer

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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WebOPs Research Software Engineer

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Job Location:

Raleigh, North Carolina

About the Department:

The Center for Geospatial Analytics is an interdisciplinary research and teaching center focused on data-driven spatial modeling and visualization for sustainable solutions to environmental and societal challenges. At the Center for Geospatial Analytics, everything is spatial and location matters in science, society, and decision-making processes.

As the technological and intellectual hub for the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program in Geospatial Analytics, the Center’s cross-College collaborations are advancing geospatial frontiers in Geovisualization, Dynamic Spatial-Temporal Modeling, GeoCloud Computing, Remote Sensing & Sensor Networks, Geospatial Intelligence & Data Mining, Open Source Solutions, and Spatial Decision Support Systems.

Administered by the College of Natural Resources (CNR), the Center is playing a leadership role in decision-support analytics through cutting-edge research and outreach that is positioning NC State as a go-to-place for geospatial solutions to grand challenges, and distinguished graduate education and training that is positioning NC State as a major supplier of geospatial scientists and problem solvers in NC and the country.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Backend web developer, app developer, and architect for production ready applications and databases (e.g. running applications in docker with kubernettes).
  • Assist in the design and implementation of a cutting-edge web interfaces that allow users to input data into a database and receive rapid disease assessment from ML algorithms.
  • Utilize additional programming APIs specifically related to PostGres database queries.
  • Utilize Elixer and Phoenix web framework.
  • Utilize webSocket development to optimize their use in building of scientific applications for stakeholder engagement and use.
  • Code in react native for building smart-phone applications for inputting sensor data into a postgres database.
  • High level team work, working closely with a front-end web developer and research scientists for designing both the Web Applications for data visualization and interaction and Smartphone applications for uploading and viewing data collected by farmers and stakeholders.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Advocate for open geospatial solutions to challenging problems and develop collaborative projects to raise the profile of open source geospatial software.
  • Provide expert guidance on open science and open source software through consultation services.
  • Develop and deliver tutorials and workshops, lead community sprints.
  • Develop cutting edge spatial analysis and modeling algorithms.
  • Introduce distributed online, collaborative geospatial analytics and simulations environments.
  • Provide advice on distributed processing environments (e.g. HPC, Apache Hadoop, Spark) and cloud computing (e.g. OpenStack, Docker).
  • Maintain code repositories, documentation, and tutorials related to open source geospatial software development.
  • Attend and present at meetings, conferences, workshops, and community sprints as a representative of the Center.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Relevant Master’s Degree degree, or relevant Bachelor’s degree with 2 or more years of experience including Docker and Kubernettes.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Expertise in Docker, Kubernettes (or equivalent), Python, React, React Native, C++ programming. Elixer, and Phoenix web framework.
  • Have knowledge of webSocket development to optimize their use in building of scientific applications for stakeholder engagement and use.
  • Ability to code in react native for building smart-phone applications for inputting sensor data into a postgres database.
  • Programming languages: C++, React, Elixer, and Phoenix web framework.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge of computer programming for web-based design.
  • Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter and a separate document containing contact information for three references.

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Position Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

150103 - The Center for Geospatial Analytics


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


NC State: Think and Do

NC State was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. We began as a land-grant institution teaching the agricultural and mechanical arts. Today, we're a pre-eminent research enterprise with 12 colleges excelling in all major academic fields.

NC State studentsOur 34,000 high-performing students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the real world by conducting research, working in internships and co-ops, and performing acts of world-changing service. That experiential education ensures that they leave here ready to lead the workforce. NC State's 13:1 student-faculty ratio is one of the reasons why we're the best college for your money in North Carolina (Money) and the No. 5 best value among public universities nationally (U.S. News & World Report).

Overcoming Challenges, Improving Lives

NC State is one of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers — one developing wearable, self-powered health monitors, and the other researching smart-grid technology. We’re also leading interdisciplinary efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, help farmers confront climate change and build a new American manufacturing sector.

Our research doesn't just get published in a journal or sit on a shelf; it makes an impact. NC State is No. 6 nationwide in commercialization agreements based on university research, and we're No. 2 among universities without a medical school. Our Cooperative Extension Service provides research-based information to citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties. In addition, our industrial extension unit — Industry Expansion Solutions — has created an economic benefit for the state's manufacturers averaging $149 million per year since 2005.

Bright Minds Creating a Bold Future

NC State’s 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. NC State students won two Goldwater scholarships, five Fulbright scholarships, one Churchill scholarship and a record-breaking 25 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, 25 faculty are members of the National Academies.

NC State bldg in darkOur Centennial Campus, an award-winning public-private research campus, is home to more than 70 partner organizations working alongside more than 70 NC State research and academic units. Centennial is also the location of the innovative Hunt Library, which Time magazine has dubbed “the library of the future.”

In Raleigh and Around the World

It all happens in one of the best cities in America. A top spot for job-seekers and tech professionals, Raleigh is nationally recognized as a leading urban center:

NC State building oldWith Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh anchors the Research Triangle, a national hotspot for high-tech enterprise. The top companies in the region — including IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute, Biogen Idec and GlaxoSmithKline — are among the country’s best employers. They also lead the way in hiring new NC State graduates.

More than 130 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning and discovery available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

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