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Geospatial Back-End Developer

Date: Jan 30, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9426 


The Information Technology Services Division in the Business Services Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking qualified applicants for a Python Developer position in the Research and Development Systems Engineering group. The R&D Systems Engineering group exists to facilitate lab goals through systems engineering, development, integration, and support for the research community at ORNL.


Our Team:

We are responsible for facilitating service and capability delivery for R&D projects.  We work as team to provide development, deployment, automation, monitoring, and management tool infrastructure for researchers. We advocate, promote, and facilitate Agile Scrum development practices to researchers who develop or require development of code as a part of their projects.  


What does our ideal teammate look like and what will you be doing?

Our primary goal is to partner with research organizations to enable research excellence and delivery at ORNL. The right person for this challenge will have previous experience in design, development, and management of spatial data platforms, and similar areas.  You will have experience and capabilities developing in Software-as-a Service and Data-as-a-Service environments.


Our team views success through the lens of what additional capabilities, services, cost savings, and optimizations we bring to our research partners enabling their success. We want researchers and their projects focused on their delivery and worrying less about their underlying IT.


You will be collaborating with a highly diverse and multidisciplinary team; from photogrammetrists, geographers, mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists, and engineers in research, development, integration, testing, and deployment in areas including spatial computing, real-time data platforms, and machine intelligence systems.  You will be doing application and data development to develop geospatial software and digital map layers as services.  You will support research staff in disseminating results in peer reviewed journals, technical reports, relevant conferences, and open-source software project repos. You will work with researchers and project sponsors to capture, understand, integrate, and implement project and security requirements in developed services and software.


We optimize our workflows and monitoring solutions to take advantage of our 24/7 operations staff, which significantly reduces the need for off-hours support. We also offer a flexible work schedule and utilize Email, Jira, Confluence, Teams, Slack, and other collaboration solutions to stay in contact.  We know it’s tough, but please try to avoid the confidence gap. You don’t have to match all the listed requirements exactly to be considered for this role.


Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field and 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience developing software related to a field involving geospatial computing, big data architectures
  • Experience with spatial enabled database (Postgresql with PostGIS) and executing spatial data queries.
  • Experience with software development best practices including, but not limited to: Agile development; version control using Git/GitFlow or similar system; and project management via systems like JIRA, Asana, etc.
  • Experience with open-source tools and system, OGC web services, and web development frameworks. 
  • Experience with data collection or similar Extract Transform Load (ETL) processes.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Security Clearance. This position is a Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) testing designated position, which requires passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program in which employees are subject to being randomly selected for testing. The occupant of this position will also be subject to an ongoing requirement to report to ORNL any drug-related arrest or conviction or receipt of a positive drug test result.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Past hands-on involvement in software systems, data systems, analytics, computer driven distributed data processing, geomatics, image analysis, remote sensing, or geospatial research projects. 
  • Experience with real-time architectures and other map services software libraries.
  • Strong knowledge of multiple operating systems
  • Exposure to microservices concepts and understanding of container environments including Docker, Docker-Compose, and Kubernetes
  • Experience with the following languages:
    • Python and modules such as requests, pandas/geopandas, flask or similar web server capabilities. 
    • C, C++, or Java
  • Experience with Pep Compliance
  • Experience with tools such as CMake, GCC, or Visual Studio
  • Experience with Elastic Stack applications
  • Previous experience working in a government, scientific, or other highly technical environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance complex research and security requirements


Relocation:  Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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