[Eecs-news-links] Computer Programmer - Bat Conservation International

Sumida, Gale Masako gale.sumida at oregonstate.edu
Wed Apr 19 09:57:46 PDT 2017


POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position Title:                   Computer Programmer
Job Family:                                         Conservation Programs
Supervisor:                                         Director, Wind Energy Program
FLSA Status:                                       Full-time; Non-exempt
Benefits:                                             Eligible
Closing Date:                                     28 April 2017

GENERAL INFORMATION

Introduction:
Large numbers of bird and bat carcasses have been found beneath industrial-scale wind turbines during the past decade, but estimating total mortality from observed carcass counts has proven difficult. Estimates depend strongly on model assumptions, and a wide variety of disparate estimators have been used. However, most of the different estimators have been shown to be variations of a single generalized estimator that differ primarily in their assumptions about underlying parameters. This project involves developing a single estimator to replace earlier estimators, eliminate confusion about which is most applicable for a given situation, and offer user-friendly software to carry out the complex calculations.


Essential Functions:
The successful candidate will create a graphical user interface for the generalized estimator as it is developed by statisticians and assist in optimizing computing algorithms. The software will need to manage complex data sets, read data from user forms and data files, pass data to R, call R functions to perform calculations, and display results in graphical and text format. User interface will be programmed in tcltk, Shiny, Python, or another language that integrates well with R.


The position requires someone who is fluent in computer programming, particularly in GUI development. Scientific programming, statistics, calculus, and linear algebra are a plus.

Applicants must also be U.S. citizens.

Principal Duty Station:
Corvallis, OR preferred. Applicants within driving distance to Corvallis, OR also will be considered. Work will be performed at the successful candidate’s residence or office but will require frequent meetings at the USGS facility in Corvallis.  Long periods of sitting at computers will be required.

Work Schedule:
Work schedule may vary based on project needs, but will not exceed 40 hours/week. To receive benefits, the candidate must work between 30–40 hours/week. The work starts approximately 15 May 2017 and continues through approximately 31 January 2018. Exact duration of project needs, and funding availability, not to exceed 1560 hours. A computer will be provided by Bat Conservation International

Deliverables:
Written and oral reports describing progress of programming and analysis.

A user-friendly GUI with user-defined options for model and parameter choices, routines for reading complex input data from spreadsheets, robust error-checking, and methods for calling functions in R.

Compensation:
Compensation is $21.11/hour (plus eligible for health, dental and vision insurance, and 401K). The successful candidate is responsible for all transportation costs to and from the principal duty station. No other compensation will be provided.



Please send cover letter, CV, and contact information, including name, position, email and phone number of 3 references to Cris Hein (chein at batcon.org<mailto:chein at batcon.org>). Electronic submissions only. Please put ‘Computer Programmer’ in the subject line.


BAT CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER






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