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Staff or Assistant Research Scientist, Web Application Developer

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Qualified individuals interested in this position must apply online. To ensure full consideration, your application package should be received by June 30, 2017 and must include:
  1. Completed online faculty profile/application
  2. Cover letter detailing how your experience and professional qualifications prepare you to succeed in this role at DRI
  3. Current resume
  4. Contact information for three professional references, to be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process based on applicant permission
Submissions not meeting these requirements will not be considered. For questions regarding this position, please call the recruiting office at 775-673-7332.

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Position Information

Posting Number F047
Position Title Staff or Assistant Research Scientist, Web Application Developer
Location Reno, NV
Position Summary

The Desert Research Institute’s (DRI’s) Division of Hydrologic Sciences in Reno is seeking an innovative individual with well-rounded experience in web applications development. The successful candidate will join a small interdisciplinary team dedicated to developing and maintaining all aspects of a real-time environmental data monitoring system, including sensor deployment, telemetry and data streaming solutions, developing manual and automated data analysis tools, and delivering easy to use web-based visualization of real-time and historical data. The successful candidate will utilize solutions-oriented thinking to develop secure and robust solutions as they contribute to the development, testing, and on-going maintenance of web-based data manipulation and visualization tools.

The successful candidate will primarily work on frontend solutions but will be expected to cross-train, contribute to, and support the duties of other team members based on candidate’s skills and interests. The candidate will also be encouraged to assist other DRI Faculty who encompass a broad range of scientific research.

Required Qualifications
  • US citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Computer Science or closely related field plus at least three (3) years of relevant programming experience.
  • At least three (3) years of experience with client-side JavaScript programming.
  • Demonstrated ability in developing web based or web enabled applications using advanced JavaScript programming techniques and JavaScript-based frontend frameworks (such as Angular, React, or Bootstrap).
  • Fluency with HTML and CSS.
  • A self-directed team player with strong organizational and time management skills that thrives in a continually challenging environment.
  • Proven ability to independently learn new skills and technologies and to keep abreast of new advances.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to professionally communicate with peers, DRI Faculty, staff, and clients.
Preferred Qualifications

Greater consideration will be given to those who possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Experience in handling, processing, or displaying dynamic, real-time environmental data.
  • Demonstrated ability to program in one or more backend languages including either PHP and/or Python.
  • Strong understanding of web application security practices.
  • Experience in the use of online mapping APIs such as ArcGIS for JavaScript or Google Maps.
  • Knowledge of charting APIs, such as D3.js or Dygraphs.
  • Working knowledge of backend MVC frameworks, such as Yii2 or Django.
  • Working knowledge of relational SQL database systems.
  • Experience developing mobile applications.

Conditions of Employment / Physical Requirements

Due to project duties and access of this position to restricted sponsor data, ALL applicants MUST be citizens of the United States. This position requires successful completion of an appropriate background verification process that may include criminal history, credit history, sex and violent offender registry, education verification, and employment history administered by DRI.

The individual who is offered and accepts this position must provide, within 30 working days of his/her start date, a copy of the transcript(s) of the highest degree he/she has acquired, as awarded by an accredited institute as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Salary Information

DRI salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications. This position is eligible for DRI’s benefits package and relocation assistance. See this link for a benefits overview:

Note to Applicants

Since 1959, DRI has stood at the forefront of understanding Earth’s complex environmental systems, promoting preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible natural resource management, and improving human health and welfare throughout Nevada and around the world. Research at DRI calls on the expertise and methods of multiple scientific disciplines. More than 500 highly-skilled scientists, engineers, technicians and students are collaboratively focused on understanding and answering critical questions about global climate change, water quality and availability, air quality, sustainability of desert lands, life in extreme environments, and more.

EEO Statement

DRI is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability (whether actual or perceived by others) or military status or obligation, and veteran status in employment, programs, and activities. It is further required that DRI take affirmative action in all employment matters to ensure that our policies and practices are non-discriminatory.

Posting Detail Information

Position Type Research Faculty
Open Date 05/31/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents