The Department of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science invites applications for a Developer – Database and Geovisualization. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Faculty of Science has been catalyzing change and inspiring discovery, creativity, and innovation for over 50 years. Our strategic direction integrates current and emerging strengths with areas targeted for future growth and investment. Our strategic priorities, goals, and values guide our mission to advance research, scholarship, and innovation, create authentic learning experiences, and inspire careers of the future. We fuel transformational change, and build a strong community through teaching, learning, research, scholarship, and collaborative partnerships. We do this work to generate curiosity-drive discovery and contribute solutions to society’s grand challenges. For more information, visit science.ucalgary.ca.

We thrive in the dynamic context of the University of Calgary, one of Canada’s‚ most youthful and innovative universities. We are a bold and ambitious research university, grounded in innovative learning and teaching, fully engaged in Calgary’s entrepreneurial spirit.

The Developer reports to and receives direction from the Principal Investigator Dr. Jan Ciborowski. This position consolidates existing data and develop a geospatial visualization tool to be used by Dr. Ciborowski, his team and collaborators on the Boreal Wetland Reclamation Assessment Program (BWRAP), whose focus is evaluating how to rebuild wetlands following mining in the oil sands region of northern Alberta and developing quantitative indicators of succession. Strong communication skills are required between the PI, research team and collaborators both on campus and in the community of collaborators and industrial sponsors to facilitate the development.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):


  • Design and develop an expandable relational geospatial database for use in a dynamic wetland research program. This position will also be responsible for initial fine tuning in response to the results of initial testing by users and ongoing maintenance that will be required on the database
  • Develop web mapping applications using contemporary tools
  • Provide technical support to lab members within a multidisciplinary team environment on using the existing database as well as the new developed visualization tool
  • Develop data organization, visualization and analytics for geospatial, biogeochemical, environmental and biological data acquired from various primary and secondary sources
  • Develop/upgrade and maintain CFI program websites
  • Support other team members through database training and troubleshooting

Reporting and Documentation

  • Appropriate documentation and user manual preparation
  • Progress reporting (written and verbal)


  • Manage time effectively to complete project development work and contribute regular progress updates to program sponsors
  • Perform duties supporting CFI computing needs/infrastructure, as assigned by the Research Supervisor

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Geomatics, or related field
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in SQL Server and relational database development
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in web development using common web technologies including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Bootstrap
  • Experience analysing and implementing user needs and requirements


  • Experience developing on the ArcGIS platform (ArcGIS Server)
  • Experience using and developing with ESRI Geodatabase and Geoprocessing tools
  • Experience with spatial file formats such as shapefiles and geotiff
  • Experience with open-source web mapping design and implementation
  • Experience with Python scripting
  • Exposure to environmental analysis and/or remote sensing
  • Knowledge of image processing and storage

Application Deadline:  January 29, 2021

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase I.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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