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CIRES/NOAA Weather Prediction Center, Web Developer

University of Colorado Boulder
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 23, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Computer Sciences & Technology, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Computer Services & Information Technology
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Full Time
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Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a Web Application Developer to create, enhance, and transition to operations various meteorological public facing websites. This position will be working with the WPC in College Park, MD, within the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP). The NCWCP is a highly collaborative environment containing several NOAA organizations, including the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC), NWS/NCEP Central Operations, and Climate Prediction Center (CPC). The incumbent will interact with NCEP Staff and other CIRES employees working at WPC to develop and improve various NWS operational websites. The incumbent will engage in exploratory website development, program support, web tools evaluation, and operational implementation projects for various WPC websites.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is an internationally recognized leader in innovative environmental science and research and is located at the University of Colorado Boulder. At CIRES, more than 800 environmental science professionals work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality, and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, solid Earth sciences, and more. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

Weather Prediction Center (WPC):

America's Go-To Center for high-impact precipitation events and forecast guidance out to 14 days for a Weather-Ready Nation.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Develop public-facing dynamic websites containing novel graphics that will be utilized by professionals and the public.
  • Collaborate with WPC forecasters and meteorological developers in the creation and refinement of public-facing websites.
  • Coordinate with NWS/NCEP Central Operations and NOAA Web Operation Center to transition websites to operations.
  • Enhance pre-existing operational websites utilizing new tools and technologies.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • Create and maintain proper documentation on websites and projects.
What You Should Know
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement . New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.
  • Please note that those applicants requiring visa sponsorship now or in the future will not be considered for this position.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to legally work in the United States on a full-time basis.
  • Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours when transitioning websites to operations.
  • The new hire will be employed by CIRES with technical oversight provided by WPC management. The incumbent works under general supervision but is encouraged to work independently and determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. This is a non-supervisory position, although the incumbent is expected to serve as a leader with website development; therefore strong teamwork and leadership skills are needed.
  • This position is based at the WPC in College Park, MD, but remote work will be considered.
What We Can Offer
  • CIRES can offer a generous compensation package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this full-time position is $65,000 - $100,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • Relocation funds are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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Be ambitious. Be pioneering. Be Boulder.

What We Require
  • A Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years of experience in computer science, engineering, or other IT related activities.
  • Scripting/programming experience (e.g., Bash, Python, Perl, C).
  • Experience with programming in Python with Flask.
  • Experience with python libraries (e.g., Dash, Numpy, SciPy).
  • Experience in implementing software to accommodate customer needs.
  • Experience in developing code that meets current security standards.
What You Will Need
  • Familiarity with Cloud Web Infrastructure (e.g., AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, etc.).
  • Familiarity with working in a Linux environment.
  • Familiarity with standard Web technologies (e.g., JS, PHP, HTML, CSS, etc.).
What We Would Like You To Have
  • Experience with CMS systems such as Drupal, Wordpress or Joomla!
  • Experience with scientific applications.
  • Experience with software versioning (e.g., Git or Subversion).
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills and a strong ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Experience with or willingness to learn interrogating large geophysical data sets.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn meteorological data formats (e.g., GRIB, NetCDF).
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.

If you are identified as a finalist for this role, you will be asked to contact 3 professional references (1 must be/ must have been a supervisor) to complete a SkillSurvey questionnaire on your behalf. SkillSurvey is an online automated reference check solution. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

The position will be open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Michael Erickson

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