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Research Software Engineer - GIS/Geospation/ArcGIS


  • £40000 - £50000 per annum
  • Manchester
  • Posted: 29/01/2024
  • Permanent
  • Job Ref: V78100220

Job Details

We have an opportunity for a Research Software Engineer specialising Geographic Information System (GIS) and GeoSpatial Software Development. You must have the ability to develop geospatial web applications using tools such as ArcGIS JavaScript API and the ArcGIS Runtime. We require you to have expertise in ESRI desktop products, such as ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Desktop, including the development of desktop plugins for ArcGIS Pro and extensions/customisations in ArcGIS Desktop. In-depth knowledge of Geospatially enabled databases, preferably PostGIS, and proficiency in Geodatabase development including schema creation and table optimisation is essential. A comprehensive understanding and application of ArcGIS Services, OGC Services, and APIs and in-depth exposure to the ArcGIS Enterprise suite, including ArcGIS Server, portal, ArcGIS Image Server, ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server, ArcGIS Notebook Server, etc is also essential, as is proficiency in scripting using the ArcGIS Python API.
 
As a Research Software Engineer working on our Manchester based client's programme, you will collaborate with academics, post- doctoral researchers, software engineers and a broad user community, working closely with the Programme Director. Your core responsibility involves designing, modifying, and implementing software systems to meet specific research requirements. You will identify and apply software engineering concepts to practical designs, offering development expertise, consultancy, and guidance.
 
The role encompasses software development, service development, problem solving for users, documentation creation, community building, software installation and configuration, maintaining licencing compliance, ensuring compatibility with current architectures, and the adherence to regulatory standards, industry regulations, and organisational policies.
 
Key Responsibilities, Accountabilities and Duties

  • Engage in the development of high-quality software as a Full Stack software engineer with the additional expertise of Geospatial Software Engineering. This includes developing and testing high- quality Object-Oriented Code using best practices like SOLID and employing standard methods and patterns.
  • Ability to work as a part of a team as well as on their own.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to solve problems with an engineering mindset rather than a developer mindset.
  • Independently working on moderately complex systems and collaborating with colleagues on larger and more complex systems. This involves defining user/system interfaces, designing, coding, testing, and debugging software applications using multiple programming languages such as Python and C#, whilst ensuring efficiency, performance, and maintainability.
  • Maintains comprehensive documentation using specified standards and tools, including prototyping tools when appropriate.
  • Develops and implements unit, integration, and system testing to ensure software quality, reliability, and security.
 
Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
Software Development
  • Proficient in object-oriented development with expertise in one or more languages such as C# (.NET, .NET Core), JavaScript, and Python.
  • Skilled in front-end web development technologies including HTML5, CSS, and frameworks like Vue, React, Angular, Svelte, Blazor.
  • Extensive experience in creating RESTful services utilising ASP.NET, Node.js, and/or Python related technologies, with the use of JSON / XML.
  • Experience in constructing robust web solutions using modern JavaScript frameworks.
  • Thorough understanding and application of software patterns including MVVM, MVC, IoC, Dependency Injection, and other relevant methodologies.
  • Familiarity with relational databases (preferably PostgreSQL), and/or SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, and cloud based relational databases, Proficient understanding and usage of NoSQL databases like MongoDB, Redis, etc.
  • Competence in utilising both Windows and Linux environments.
 
Geographic Information System (GIS) / GeoSpatial Software Development
 
  • Proficient in developing geospatial web applications using tools such as ArcGIS JavaScript API, ArcGIS Runtime.
  • Expertise in ESRI desktop products, such as ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Desktop, including the development of desktop plugins for ArcGIS Pro and extensions/customisations in ArcGIS Desktop.
  • In-depth knowledge of Geospatially enabled databases, preferably PostGIS, and proficiency in Geodatabase development including schema creation and table optimisation.
  • Comprehensive understanding and application of ArcGIS Services, OGC Services, and APIs.
  • Exposure to the ArcGIS Enterprise suite, including ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Portal, ArcGIS Image Server, ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server, ArcGIS Notebook Server, etc.
  • Good understanding of geospatial data limitations.
  • Proficiency in scripting using the ArcGIS Python API.
 
Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
  • Knowledge of ISO Geospatial standards, particularly ISO 19115, ISO 19139, ISO 19136, ISO 19107.
  • Knowledge of OGC standards, notably WMS, WFS, WCS, CSW.
  • Familiarity with various Geospatial technologies such as Vector Tiles, GeoJSON, TopoJSON, etc.
  • Adept at studying and mastering geospatial ISO and OGC standards, emphasising practical implementation.
  • Adept at software development using geostatistical packages within Python and/or R.
  • Ability to strategize and plan complex workflows for managing geospatial data across diverse systems.
  • Proven proficiency in leveraging Geospatial Open-Source software libraries, including but not limited to SharpMap, NetTopology Suite, GeoTools, JavaTopology Suite, GDAL, GeoPandas, Leaflet, and OpenLayers, etc.
 
This role offers hybrid working.
 
For more information please contact:
Nicole Chapman
nicole.chapman@clickrecruiting.co.uk