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Climate Hazards Center Applications Programmer

Company: University of California - Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: October 17, 2020

Job Description:


Payroll Title: Applications Programmer 2

Job Code: 7299

Job Open Date: 9/30/20

Primary Consideration Date for Open Until Filled: 10/25/20

Department Code-Name: GEOG- Geography Dept.

Percentage of Time: 100%

Collective Bargaining Unit (CBU): 99 - Non Represented

Grade Type/Grade: PSS / 20

FLSA Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

Work Location: Ellison Hall

Pay Rate/Range: Salary commensurate with education and experience

Days/Hours: M-F (8-5pm)


The Climate Hazards Center (CHC, is a research center within the Department of Geography. It is an alliance of multidisciplinary scientists and food security analysts utilizing climate and crop models, satellite-based earth observations, and socioeconomic data sets to predict and monitor droughts and food shortages among the world's most vulnerable populations. Through partnerships with USAID, USGS, and FEWS NET, the CHC provides early warning to save lives and secure livelihoods.


As part of The Climate Hazards Center, the Application Programmer works closely with CHC Principal Investigators and scientific programmers on a variety of activities related to scientific data set production, developing a shared codebase, data archive management, and web-based software/interface development. The activities of the position will focus on supporting efforts of the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET, and the data and analytical needs of CHC partners.


* Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

* Demonstrated experience writing, refactoring, and documenting complex scripts used to perform data processing and analysis.

* Demonstrated ability to make reusable/functional code for cleaning, processing, and modeling spatial/temporal data from multiple sources, spatial scales, and temporal frequencies into a processing chain.

* Proficiency with Unix OS, and familiarity with Windows and Mac OS.


* Experience with computer languages and web services including IDL, Python, SQL, Bash, HTML, Javascript, REST, R, MATLAB, C, C++

* Proven ability to communicate technical and non-technical information in a clear and concise manner, whether through discussion, email, or technical documentation.

* Experience managing and curating large (100s of TBs) online data archives and computer code repositories.

* Ability to manage cron jobs that harvest and process data from external sources.

* Expertise in handling, processing, and visualizing large geophysical and remote sensing data sets.


* UCSB is a Tobacco-Free environment.


Analyze Computer Programs - 50% (Daily)

* Writes, refactors, and documents computer programs designed to create and analyze CHC data sets.

Organize Digital File System - 25% (Daily)

* Analyzes, organizes, and curates filesystem content, while working with CHC scientists to make sure they have access to key data sets in a logical and organized manner. Develops file-naming conventions for internal and outward-facing content. Reduces duplication and archives outdated data products. This may also include the management of cron jobs used for harvesting and updating data products.

Design - 15% (Weekly)

* Develops, designs, and implements web-based interfaces to allow fundamental interaction and analysis of data sets. These applications would be built on existing platforms, and would be designed to meet specific needs and requirements of CHC partners.

Manage Database - 10% (Weekly)

* Updates, manages, and expands CSCD Postgres station database. This includes working with CHC scientists and programmers to ensure they can access the needed data from the database. Potentially develops routines to identify erroneous or problematic data in the database could be included.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


The University of California endeavors to make accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact Katherine Abad in Human Resources at 805-893-4664 or email This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


The State of California Information Practices Act of 1977 (effective July 1978) requires the University to provide the following information to individuals who are asked to supply information about themselves: Application: The principal purpose for requesting information on the Application is for applicant-tracking purposes and to collect applicant contact information. Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Data Form: Information furnished on this form is requested by UCSB's Affirmative Action Office. The University of California, Santa Barbara is a Federal contractor and, therefore, must comply with Affirmative Action regulations issued pursuant to Executive Order 11246, Federal Revised Order No. 4, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. Furnishing the information on this form is voluntary. There is no penalty for not completing this form. The offices responsible for maintaining the information supplied on this form are the UCSB Human Resources Office and the Affirmative Action Office.

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The University is committed to providing a safe and secure campus environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. In accordance with the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" (Clery Act), UCSB publishes an Annual Security Report to provide information regarding campus safety and security policies, crime statistics, and resources to current and prospective students and employees. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning crimes reported to Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property, and on public property adjacent to and accessible from campus. The report also includes campus policies concerning crime prevention, crime reporting, alcohol and drug use, sexual and interpersonal violence, student discipline, and other matters. To access the Annual Security Report, visit A copy of this report may also be requested by contacting the UCSB Police Department (call 805-893-3446 or visit 574 Public Safety Bldg., Santa Barbara, CA 93106 during business hours). To learn more about the Clery Act and CSA duties and

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