SOS Web Developer

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
09 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) is a multi-million dollar research organization located on CSU’s Foothills Campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. It is a cooperative institute that is also a research department within CSU’s College of Engineering, in partnership with the Department of Atmospheric Science. Its vision is to conduct interdisciplinary research in the atmospheric sciences by entraining skills beyond the meteorological disciplines, exploiting advances in engineering and computer science, facilitating transitional activity between pure and applied research. CIRA leverages both national and international resources and partnerships, and assists NOAA, Colorado State University, the State of Colorado, and the Nation through the application of our research to areas of societal benefit.

The Global Systems Division (GSD) of ESRL is a federal science and research organization under NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). GSD is a leader in the applied research, directed development, and technology transfer of environmental data, models, products, and services that enhance environmental understanding with the outcome of supporting commerce, protecting life and property, and promoting a scientifically literate public.

This position is situated within the Applied Technology and Outreach (ATO) Branch of GSD. ATO identifies, investigates, and develops high-performance computing methods, products, systems, and tools to support the NOAA Mission and NOAA research and operations. ATO transforms these new technologies and capabilities into innovative and valuable forecast and analysis systems that ingest, manage, analyze, and display environmental data in ways that help the NOAA National Weather Service, other professional users, educators, and the public understand our complex Earth. This position is located in a federal facility and requires the ability to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, federal background check) for building access.

Position Summary

The person in this position will provide a broad range of research, development, and program support for the Science On a Sphere® (SOS) website (, dataset catalog, and internal content management system (CMS), as well as researching, developing, enhancing, and maintaining web services, applications, and graphical displays for SOS and other web development projects in ATO. This position reports to the SOS Project Lead.

Required Job Qualifications

-This position is located in a federal facility and requires the ability to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, federal background check) for building access.
-Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Physical Sciences, or a related scientific field, plus 3 years of related experience
-Experience with relational databases, including schemas, complex SQL queries, and administration
-Strong knowledge of HTML, CSS, and Javascript
-Expertise using XML and JSON file formats
-Experience working in a Linux environment
-Programming ability in Python
-Knowledge of code management software, such as GIT or Subversion (SVN)
-Experience with issue trackers, such as Redmine

Preferred Job Qualifications

-Proficiency with MySQL databases
-Experience with the Django web framework
-Knowledge of continuous integration software, such as Jenkins
-Knowledge of Content Management Systems (CMS) concepts and software
-Experience with 2D/3D visualization libraries, toolkits, and environments used for displaying scientific data on web browsers
-Experience with configuring and administering web servers, such as Apache or NGINX
-Experience implementing faceted search capabilities on websites
-Knowledge of adaptive design principles for websites
-Proficiency in applying web security standards
-Experience using basic shell programming such as csh or bash
-Knowledge of Google Analytics and reporting collected usage metrics
-Experience writing research and development funding proposals
-Exposure to Agile development practices
-Excellent problem-solving skills and logical thinking ability
-Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
-Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a team-based environment, handle multiple tasks, and ensure projects meet deadlines
-Preference will be given to individuals with demonstrable experience building accessible websites that meet the most current version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) published by the W3C.
-Knowledge/Experience with:

  • User interfaces and interactive deliverables that perform well both on mainstream devices and with assistive technology
  • Semantic and ARIA mark-up elements
  • Product accessibility testing continuously through all development stages
  • Troubleshooting, revising, and updating websites encumbered by legacy code accessibility constraints

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Software Development Duty/Responsibility

-Generate and enhance innovative content on the SOS website, including formatting datasets in the SOS data catalog
-Provide timely fixes to technical and security problems arising on the SOS website
-Research and enhance internal content management and dataset creation workflow processes and tools, including support for real-time datasets
-Support network, system, and software infrastructure of web components
-Thoroughly test web software prior to deployment, with particular attention to detail
-Keep documentation of systems, tools, and processes accurate and up-to-date
-Generate web tracking and usage reports, as well as implementing website changes based on observed user activity
-Develop and enhance SOS online tools, including original dataset movies and interactive, cutting edge 3D displays
-Play a critical role in the research and development of a web-based version of SOS Explorer

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Job Duty Category Collaborative Development Duty/Responsibility

-Maintain, update, enhance, or replace other existing web-based tools in ATO
-Lead and participate in research and development on innovative web-based tools in ATO
-Maintain proficiency with the latest web technologies and standards, as well as attaining proficiency in cutting-edge technological areas

Percentage Of Time 45 Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Documentation and Reporting Duty/Responsibility

-Prepare software documentation in collaboration with team members.
-Prepare status reports as required by the project sponsor and CIRA.
-Prepare and deliver technical talks and presentations as requested.

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Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Please utilize the cover letter to address the “Required” and “Preferred” qualifications as they relate to your experience.

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.