Scientific Software developer wanted in Seattle.

Scientific Software Developer
NOAA Emergency Response Division

Help us develop our next-generation oil spill transport model.

The Emergency Response Division (ERD) of NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) provides scientific expertise to support the response to oil and chemical spills in the coastal environment. We played a major role in the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In order to fulfill our mission, we develop many of the software tools and models required to support a response to hazardous material spills. In the wake of the Deepwater horizon incident, we are embarking on a program to develop our next-generation oil spill transport model, taking into account lessons learned from years of response and this major incident.

General Characteristics:
The incumbent of this position will provide software development services to support the mission of the Emergency Response Division of NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration. As part of his/her efforts, independent evaluation and application of development techniques, algorithms, software architecture, and programming patterns will be required. The incumbent will work with the staff of ERD to provide analysis on user needs and software, GUI, and library design. He/she will be expect to work primarily on site at NOAA's facility in Seattle.

The incumbent must be able to apply modern concepts of software engineering and design to the development of computational code, desktop applications, web applications, and libraries. The incumbent will need to be able to design, write, refactor, and implement code for a complex desktop and/or web application and computational library. The incumbent will work with a multi-disciplinary team including scientists, users, and other developers, utilizing software development practices such as usability design, version control, bug and issue tracking, and unit testing. Good communication skills and the knowledge of working as part of a team are required.

Direction received:
The incumbent will participate on various research and development teams. While endpoints will be identified through Division management and some direct supervision will be provided, the incumbent will be responsible for progressively being able to take input from team meetings and design objectives and propose strategies for reaching endpoints.

Typical duties and responsibilities:
The incumbent will work with the oil and chemical spill modeling team to improve and develop new tools and models used in fate and transport forecasting. Different components of the project will be written in C++, Python, and Javascript.

Education requirement, minimum:
Bachelor's degree in a technical discipline.

Experience requirement, minimum:
One to five years experience in development of complex software systems in one or more full-featured programming languages (C, C++, Java, Python, Ruby, Fortran, etc.)

The team requires experience in the following languages/disciplines. Each incumbent will need experience in some subset:

  * Computational/Scientific programming
  * Numerical Analysis/Methods
  * Parallel processing
  * Desktop GUI
  * Web services
  * Web clients: HTML/CSS/Javascript
  * Python
  * wxPython
  * OpenGL
  * C/C++
  * Python--C/C++ integration
  * Software development team leadership

While the incumbent will work on-site at NOAA, directly with the NOAA team, this is a contract position with General Dynamics Information Technology:

For more information and to apply, use the GDIT web site:

if that long url doesn't work, try:

and search for job ID: 179178

NOTE: This is a potion being hired by GDIT to work with NOAA, so any questions about salary, benefits, etc, etc should go to GDIT. However, feel free to send me questions about our organization, working conditions, more detail about the nature of the projects etc.



Christopher Barker, Ph.D.

Emergency Response Division
NOAA/NOS/OR&R (206) 526-6959 voice
7600 Sand Point Way NE (206) 526-6329 fax
Seattle, WA 98115 (206) 526-6317 main reception