University of California, Santa Barbara: WEB DEVELOPERS

Posted by | June 30, 2011 | Web Professional Jobs Blog


Location: Santa Barbara, California

Marine Science Institute
University of California, Santa
The McClintock lab, at the Marine Science Institute,
develops cutting-edge web technologies for marine spatial planning. We build
tools that help democratize planning for ocean uses, including fishing,
conservation, energy extraction, transportation, and recreation. Our last
project, MarineMap (, was used to design marine
protected areas in California,
leading to the protection of 18% of state waters. The MarineMap project also
helped to spawn new applications, revolutionizing the use of collaborative,
web-based mapping tools.
We are embarking on a new project, Ocean Planner, which will
take collaborative, web-based mapping to the next level by incorporating
real-time web technologies like Node.js and With MarineMap, we
redefined how average citizens could be involved in large-scale spatial
planning. (In 2010, we received an award for Innovative Technology from the
U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.) With Ocean Planner, we
will redefine the field again.
Our work pushes the boundaries of web, geospatial, and
visualization technology in order to support ocean research and conservation so
adapting to new techniques and tools is a must. If you like to stay on the
cutting edge and let your experience guide you through new challenges, then
you’ll feel right at home. Our home at a research institution gives us license
to experiment and an opportunity to build high-quality software for a unique
Candidates should
have deep knowledge of one or more dynamic scripting languages such as Python,
Ruby, or Javascript. Day to day, we’re likely to be using Javascript and
Python. Just as important will be knowledge of how modern web application
frameworks like Django or Ruby on Rails are structured, and how data are
persisted to relational databases. We will be supporting and building Django
apps, but also working with tools like Node.js and NoSQL databases in cases
where mature frameworks are not available. You will need to know how other
frameworks work to help  guide you
through some of the uncharted territory that lies ahead.
Knowledge of the building blocks of the web like HTML, CSS,
and Javascript are a must, as are details of the plumbing like HTTP Headers,
Cookies, REST architecture, etc. We will be utilizing new HTML 5 features
wherever practical, and libraries like d3.js and raphael to create data
visualizations using SVG and Canvas. Expect to use tools and best practices
such as SASS, CoffeeScript, and CommonJS to accelerate and
structure your work on these platforms. We will also make
use of libraries like jQuery, Dojo, and ExtJS, but expect candidates to be able
to build interactive interfaces from the ground-up when sensible.
All our projects have geospatial data as a major component,
so preference will be given to applicants that have skills in this area. Prior
experience with mapping APIs such as Google Maps and OpenLayers is a must.
Candidates will also use tools such as ArcGIS Server 10, PostGIS, Geoserver,
GRASS, and GDAL to work with complex geospatial data-sets. Candidates will use
these libraries to create reports that clearly communicate the results of
geospatial analyses to end-users. Finally, we’re looking for professionals who
know how to document, test, and manage their work using distributed version
control systems (DVCS), wikis, and issue trackers.
These are one year Positions with continuation dependent on
funding. Must be willing to travel approximately 15% time and on a monthly
Two positions available.

To apply: For primary consideration apply by 7/13/11, thereafter open until filled.


Job #20110236

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