Visiting Senior Research Programmer – Geography and Geographic Information Science



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Job description

Job Summary
The Visiting Senior Research Programmer will lead research work related to managing innovative back-end architectures, data engineering pipelines, and developing web applications that contribute to health equity. The position will also help shape, develop, and guide open-source software initiatives with a focus on FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) within a growing portfolio of applied research projects related to spatial analysis, health geography, and public health-relevant policy.
Duties & Responsibilities

Lead the development of web applications (eg. maintenance, extensions, and implementation of new components) with a focus on back-end development and systems engineering, including:
* Server provisioning of search tool infrastructure and related web products.
* Metadata infrastructure management and supervision.
* Supervise geospatial data product wrangling and ingestion to ensure project standards are met.
* Development support of new community toolkits as (mainly static) modular websites, with option to extend geospatial components.

Research, test, and review product design challenges in an agile environment with the project team, working closely with the project coordinator, product designer, & community leads

Serve as a research mentor for the HEROP lab and community stakeholders as a leader in trainings, design discussions, code reviews, and product development meetings

Produce technical documentation, coding vignettes, and reproducible computational notebooks to support an Open Science culture of reproducibility

Contribute to development and maintenance of FOSS4G projects that facilitate an open ecosystem for communities working with place data

Required Qualifications

  •        Bachelor’s degree in computer science, geographic information science, engineering, or a related field, or equivalent in work experience.
  •        Six months of experience researching, presenting, and/or publishing technical projects or papers in a professional or academic setting.
  •        A minimum of one year relevant back-end development experience with a focus on open-source software, including design, coding, testing, and support.
  •        Experience working with geospatial data management and data engineering pipelines; managing, developing, and provisioning servers for web applications.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in computer science, geographic information science, engineering, or a related field, or equivalent in work experience.

Successful candidates will have

  •         Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  •         Strong written and oral communication skills.
  •         Awareness of, and sensitivity to, cultural and linguistic differences.
  •         Commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  •         Ability to explain and clarify ambiguous or complex technical procedures and processes.
  •         Ability to mentor students.
  •         Ability to assume responsibility and to work independently with minimum guidance.
  •         Must work within both the spirit and the letter of University policies and procedures.
  •         Ability to work collaboratively.
  •         Excellent attention to details.
  •         Ability to multi-task

Appointment Information

This is a 100% full-time Academic Professional position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the deadline date. The starting salary for this position is $75,000.  Actual starting salary will be determined by the candidate’s credentials and alignment with the position requirements. This position is eligible for
remote/hybrid work.

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing [email protected].

Requisition ID: 1014213

How to apply

Applications must be received by 6pm CST on May 2, 2023.  To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at and use the Apply Now button on the posting.  Upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three professional references.  Please remember to include specific information on how you meet the qualifications of the position in your application materials.  Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact [email protected]. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

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