Full-stack web developers

We are currently looking to strengthen our team with one or more full-stack web developers to develop innovative back end services and effective front end user experiences for environmental information services.

The Centre for Water and Landscape Dynamics is a team of about 20 scientists, technical experts and PhD students based at the Fenner School of Environment & Society of the Australian National University. We develop highly innovative ways of generating and delivering timely information about our environment to people and organisations that have real power to improve our future. For example, to better anticipate bushfire danger, manage our scarce water resources, provide growth forecasts to farmers, and protect our natural environment (see some examples here). Satellites, drones and sensor networks are revolutionising our ability to observe the environment around us, and rapid progress in computing and web technology allows us to turn these measurements into useable information and forecasts.

What you would do

Within our small team, you would be the go-to person to help or lead

  • develop everything between the data server and the user: from designing a useful interface to translating it into code and API calls against the data services.
  • creatively design new and extend existing services.
  • design and create high profile, performing, scalable, available, and stable websites combining front-end web development and server-side web development interfaces tailored to geospatial data, using online mapping tools and modern JavaScript frameworks and libraries.
  • research into new techniques and technologies that may be beneficial, and constantly seek to innovate our current development systems, work practices and processes.
  • work with information users to improve and design new services and user interface
  • work closely with environmental, remote sensing and machine-learning researchers to develop for new opportunities.

What we can offer:

  • ongoing full-time employment. However we are also happy to consider part-time working arrangements or other forms of flexibility to suit your situation and ambitions.
  • many opportunities to get involved in cutting edge research and technology where this appeals to you, for example in big data analytics, high performance computing, machine learning, satellite remote sensing, sensor engineering.
  • a highly competitive salary to reflect your experience, skills and talent.
  • A great working environment. Our small team is co-located on a floor of the Fenner School, the first ACT building with a 6 Star Green rating located on ANU’s wonderful campus. We have our own team meeting area, kitchen and showers, and great access to sporting and outdoor facilities on campus and nearby Black Mountain reserve.

What you would bring:

  • background in web services with an interest in environmental information, or as a trained environmental scientist with some great experience in data analytics and web development.
  • a strong desire to keep learning, researching and innovating in big data and web technologies
  • a few or several years of experience in front-end web design and development. Ideally also some experience with server-side web development using open-source and cloud platforms would be a bonus.
  • hands-on experience using modern JavaScript frameworks and libraries such as Angular and React.
  • experience using online mapping tools, and preferably also with geospatial data, formats and web services.
  • hands-on experience with tools for code management, continuous integration and deployment.
  • great team and communication skills, including the ability to work collaboratively as a member of a small and diverse team, and to plan and prioritise work activities with competing priorities.

How to apply

We have not advertised this position formally, as it would require narrowing down to a particular level of experience or salary level. Instead, we are keen to talk to you directly and explore the options directly with you.

Does this sound like you? Then send Albert van Dijk an email with your CV and a brief statement of what attracts you about this opportunity and any questions you might have. Email me via the link below.

(posted 12 September 2018, open until filled)