Database Developer - Geophysical Institute

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

ID: 7117647
Posted: December 8, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Summary:

The Geophysical Institute (GI) Volcanology team is looking to fill a new position for a relational database developer fluent in SQL, XML, time series data, and object oriented analysis and design. As a database developer, you will have the opportunity to be part of a project that capitalizes on the wealth of data from the Alaska Volcano Observatory; the multidisciplinary expertise of volcano observatory scientists; and the analytical power provided by a team of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, UAF faculty, and other national and international collaborators.

Software Maintenance and Support: Assist in developing and maintaining proper technical and user documentation for each system in a consistent and structured manner. Fix bugs and add new features, as requested, in software. Analyze, document, install, develop, and maintain software. Use problem solving and analysis to resolve standard software issues, which may require researching issues involving multiple components or systems. Perform other duties as required. Scientific Software Development: Develop data aggregation methods to integrate, analyze, and search across heterogenous data streams. Create data visualizations for heterogeneous data. Develop on Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to access and distribute data. Ensure quality control through testing and debugging software focusing on accuracy, completeness, and system integrity. Database Development and Administration: As a team member and under intermittent supervision solve moderate database development problems, ensuring interoperability between multiple databases. Make recommendations for improvements to supervisor where appropriate. Document causes of failure and the resolution of those failures. Use strong verbal and written communication and project management skills to ensure development is consistent with project goals. Use knowledge in database design, Structured Query Language (SQL), Extensible Markup Language (XML), object-oriented analysis and design to work with existing database schema, and to develop and update database schema. Follow prescribed data standards, organize, prepare, clean, and format data for inclusion in a database. Data includes both time series and spatial data. Create near real-time data ingestion of heterogeneous large data streams.
Additional Position Information:

The Database Developer will work on expanding existing database models as well as creating new schema for both relational and time-series data, and developing data aggregation methods to integrate, analyze, and create data visualizations for new data streams for Alaska volcanoes within the framework of the “NSF-PREEVENTS Eruption Forecasting Project: Development and testing of volcanic eruptions models and forecasts through multidisciplinary data synthesis at Alaska volcanoes”. Research and data analysis are currently being conducted on four interrelated disciplines: (1) geodesy, (2) seismology and infrasound, (3) volcanic gas geochemistry and remote sensing, and (4) petrology, geochemistry and physical volcanology, and focuses on eight recently active Alaska volcanoes: Cleveland, Okmok, Bogoslof, Shishaldin, Pavlof, Veniaminof, Augustine, and Redoubt. More information on this project can be found here:

Candidates with the following education and experience will be given preference:

A B.Sc. in Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Physics, or 3 years of relevant experience,

Some experience in API development,

An ability to grasp a variety of spatial and temporal data formats,

Ability to work independently to solve challenging problems.

The Database Developer is expected to receive their degree prior to starting this position. We encourage a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment, and seek candidates that will help expand these initiatives.

This position is located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. Remote work agreements will be considered for this position.

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

Geophysical Institute:

The Geophysical Institute is a research-driven organization at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The university offers an attractive work environment and strong benefits including retirement and health insurance, generous leave policies, and tuition waivers for UAF courses. The Geophysical Institute is committed to equity, inclusion, and accountability and values the open sharing of different perspectives. We support a respectful and welcoming environment and a commitment to serving Alaska and Alaskans with strong applied science. Career growth and professional development are expected and encouraged.