Job Opening

Software Engineer II_III Positions within Boulder, CO


Posted: 03/09/2022

Open Until: 07/08/2022

UNAVCO, Inc. is accepting applications for a *Software Engineer II/III*.

*Tracking Code*: 233-532

*Application Process:* Applications will only be accepted via UNAVCO's career website ([url=][/url]). Application review has begun and will continue until filled.

*Location:* UNAVCO is based in Boulder, Colorado but supports remote and hybrid work arrangements.

*Salary *is based on the candidate’s qualifications within the established UNAVCO salary ranges:

Software Engineer II - 72,200 – 108,300

Software Engineer III - 82,200 – 127,500

*Benefits:* UNAVCO offers very competitive benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability, Supplemental Benefits, 4 weeks Paid Time Off (PTO), and a retirement plan with a 10% employer contribution.

UNAVCO maintains and operates the Geodetic Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience (GAGE) which provides support to the National Science Foundation (NSF) investigator community for geodesy, Earth Sciences research, education and workforce development with broad societal benefits. As part of GAGE, UNAVCO operates a large network of geodetic instruments (primarily GNSS) and a world class data facility and archive. This facility supports a broad range of applications from the study of plate tectonics and earthquakes to real-time precise vehicle navigation and fiducial networks.

For over three decades, UNAVCO has spearheaded the utilization of cutting-edge technologies in geodesy while providing robust operational support for researchers exploring the solid Earth (earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics), the hydrosphere (deformation of ice, the Earth's response to groundwater, sea level change), and the atmosphere. Our instrumentation toolbox includes high-precision GPS/GNSS, lidar and optical imagery, synthetic aperture radar (SAR), borehole geophysics, and more.

The *Software Engineer II/III* is responsible for assisting in the development, implementation, testing and documentation for components of software systems as well as unit and integration testing. They also participate in defining internal best practices, standards, and timelines and participate in identifying technologies that should be used. The incumbent will operate with moderate supervision to apply well-proven techniques with some technical risk that could impact the outcome of the software engineering project.

*Essential Functions*

- Design, develop, implement and support moderately complex software
- Obtain and analyze software systems requirements.
- Test and document software components.
- Debug and maintain legacy code.
- Investigate and fix issues within Java applications used by file
engineers to maintain field equipment.
- Gather requirements and work on enhancements to Java applications to
support new equipment or procedures.
- Make sure all software developed has been checked into a source code
- Perform code reading with other developers to assure clarity,
correctness and UNAVCO’s security procedures.
- Fix issues found during integration in the continuous test environment
maintained at UNAVCO.
- Follow internal software development, testing and documentation
methodologies, policies and best practices.
- Participate in joint analysis and design activities with other staff
in defining directions, standards, and timelines and identifying key
technologies for evolving moderately complex software systems.
- Continually work to acquire and improve skills relevant to work. Keeps
abreast of current best practices and trends affecting software systems.
- Participate in defining internal best practices, standards and
- Participate in identifying technologies that should be used.
- Follow best practices in software documentation and work with team
members to keep documentation up to date.

*Additional Responsibilities*

- May work directly with Engineers in the Geodetic Infrastructure
Directorate and community members to debug programs that they use to
determine the cause of any issues that may arise and fix them.
- May participate in selection of vendors.
- Offers guidance to entry level software engineers.
- May serve as a contact for community members in various technical
- Participate on teams in defining strategic directions, standards, and
timelines and identifying key technologies.
- May contribute to authoring technical reports and publications and may
present at conferences.
- Other duties may be assigned as necessary for the successful operation
of the business.

*Leadership & Supervision*

- Has communication with, and direct supervision by, Engineering Manager
(GDS) for guidance.
- Work is reviewed for accuracy and overall quality.
- Creates a general overview/plan for larger tasks but receives guidance
on alternative solutions and complicated problems.
- Work with and support other UNAVCO staff while working on projects.
- This position does not have supervisory responsibility.

*Applicable Skills / Core Competencies*

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability for the position:

· Ability to build data models to solve new data requirement needs.

· Experience with developing front ends in Java.

· Some experience developing user interfaces using JavaScript.

· Ability to understand legacy Java code developed using Java Server Faces (1.X).

· Ability to modify and enhance code using Hibernate and Spring Web Flow.

· Ability to write SQL queries in Postgres or another relational database to support development of web services and general purposes utilities as well as answer questions of UNAVCO engineers and community.

· Ability to develop complex data models on existing databases to support new features.

· Working knowledge of software development tools such as wikis, trouble ticketing systems, continuous testing/integration, and Git.

· Ability to apply the software lifecycle to projects.

· Ability to take initiative to learn new skills, current best practices, technologies and trends affecting software systems.

· Ability to write organized and comprehensive documentation on projects.

· Understanding of Object Oriented Programming.

· Ability to recognize problems that may arise in production and ability to fix them in a timely manner.

· Ability to foster a professional culture through the use of strong interpersonal skills, verbal and written communications.

· Fosters a professional culture through the use of strong interpersonal skills, verbal and written communications.

*Required Education and Experience*

· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Information Systems or related STEM field and three (3) years of experience in software development.


· Master’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or related STEM field and one (1) year of experience in software development.


· At least 3 years of experience developing software in Java.

· At least 2 years of experience with the use of Postgres or another relational database with the ability to write complex queries.

*Preferred Education and Experience*

· Experience doing Python development

· Support multi-thread Python processes

· Knowledge of Angular used in JavaScript development

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

*Physical Requirements*

· Ability to sit and/or stand to work at a computer for extended periods of time.

· Ability to move about a typical office environment on a daily basis.

· Ability to lift and move up to 10 pounds occasionally.

· Infrequent travel by conventional means including aircraft, motor vehicle, etc.

*Mental Requirements*

- Ability to understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore
alternative solutions.
- Ability to organize and prioritize work schedules for self and others.
- Ability to compute, analyze and interpret data.
- Ability to make decisions which have moderate impact on the function

*Applicant Note*

UNAVCO is unable to provide sponsorship for work authorization within the United States.

UNAVCO is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer. Our long-term success depends on the development of a forward-looking, diversified workforce. UNAVCO values diverse perspectives and backgrounds in all positions within the organization and is fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and State laws, and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Women, Veterans, Individuals with Disabilities and members of the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities are encouraged to apply. All qualified and complete applications will be considered. Individuals with a disability needing an accommodation as part of the employment selection process should contact or 303-381-7515.

UNAVCO supports a safe work environment for all staff. As part of our commitment, UNAVCO conducts background checks. Background checks will vary and are based on position requirements. Background checks may also be conducted when required by law or when at the discretion of UNAVCO is reasonable and prudent to do so. UNAVCO complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Vaccination Requirements: All employees are required to be
fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If offered employment, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your appointment or onboarding with UNAVCO. Information about requesting a medical or religious accommodation/exemption should be directed to Human Resources at

How to Apply

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