Job Opening

Web Application Developer

Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

Posted: 11/01/2021

Open Until: 01/01/2022

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

Earth and Space Sciences has an outstanding opportunity for a Web Application Developer to support our real-time seismic monitoring projects.

Housed in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, the PNSN monitors earthquakes in the states of Washington and Oregon for public safety and scientific research. We operate approximately 500 remote seismic stations throughout the region. Data from these remote sites are transmitted, continuously in real time, to our processing and alerting center at the UW Seattle campus. The data are processed through several applications to provide a series of products, including real-time warnings of imminent shaking (called ShakeAlertTM Earthquake Early Warning), earthquake locations and sizes, distribution of strong shaking, and raw data archived for scientific and engineering studies. As a Web Application Developer with the PNSN, you will work within a small team of scientists, software engineers, and computer specialists at the PNSN to build both public facing and internal websites and applications.


• 30%: Build web applications optimized for scalability and speed. Write clean, well-documented and well-tested code. Ensure cross-browser compatibility and accessibility.
• 30%: Implement and maintain application front ends.
• 25%: Work with the software team to maintain existing services. Communicate effectively with non-technical users and team members.
• 5%: Act as a mentor for undergraduate student developers through design, documentation, and code reviews.
• 10%: Participate in duty rotations. Earthquakes don’t maintain business hours


• BS degree in Computer Science or equivalent work experience
• At least three years of professional experience developing and deploying applications in a distributed and high availability environment

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


• Expertise in web technologies such as HTML5, CSS, Javascript and JQuery
• Experience with content management frameworks such as Drupal or Joomla
• Experience with working on a software team and using collaborative tools
• Experience with at least one frontend framework such as Angular, React, or Vue
• Experience with RDBMS such as MySQL or PostgreSQL
• Experience with at least one backend framework such as Rails or Django
• Experience with AWS
• Proficient in a scripting language such as Python or Ruby.
• Comfortable with Linux environment.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Applications received by November 19, 2021 will receive priority consideration

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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