Position Available: Geospatial Developer — Filled!

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Job Title Geospatial Developer
Location Twin Cities
Regular/Temporary Regular
Job ID 338453
Job Code 9790D2
Empl Group Acad Prof and Admin
Full/Part Time Full-Time

Special Notice for COVID-19

The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University’s mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.

About the Department

The Polar Geospatial Center (PGC) at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities provides geospatial support, mapping, and GIS/remote sensing solutions to researchers and logistics groups in the polar science community. We collaborate with scientists around the world to complete their research goals in a safe, timely, and efficient manner by providing a service which most groups do not have the resources or expertise to complete. Our goal is to introduce new, state-of-the-art techniques from the geospatial field to effectively solve problems in the least mapped places on Earth.

We are located on the University of Minnesota Saint Paul campus.

About the Job

Summary: This position is responsible for management of PGC’s satellite imagery archive and the software/tools that facilitate organization and access to the data, which are the foundation of PGC’s science support work. The applicant will be responsible for building and maintaining imagery management and processing workflows, coordinating data production, and managing High Performance Computing (HPC) resources and projects. The applicant is expected to develop new tools for image processing and analysis as well as update and maintain legacy projects. Knowledge of GIS and Remote Sensing concepts is required.

Essential Job Functions and Approximate Percentage of Time:
-35% Build and maintain imagery management and processing workflows
-30% Develop new tools for image processing and analysis, as well as update and maintain legacy projects
-25% Manage High Performance Computing (HPC) resources and projects to effectively meet the objectives of PIs and projects supported by PGC
-10% Other duties as needed to help support overarching PGC research needs

There are no supervisory functions.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Remote Sensing, or a related science and two years of experience.
  • Experience in Python or a related programming language
  • Familiarity with Linux command line systems
  • Experience with geospatial software and analysis
  • Experience with relational databases
  • Command of GIS/Remote Sensing fundamentals and concepts
  • Advanced degree or 2+ years of experience in geospatial programming
  • Experience interacting with HPC systems
  • Expertise with Git or other version control and collaboration tools
  • Experience using the GDAL/OGR and Arcpy libraries
  • Experience with testing frameworks


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:  http://diversity.umn.edu.

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research.  Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.  Candidates must submit CV/Resume, cover letter, and references.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

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