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VanDev: Vancouver's Software Developers Network Message Board › Position available: Intermediate .NET Developer

Position available: Intermediate .NET Developer

Ar'ash T.
Vancouver, BC
Post #: 1
Position available: Intermediate .NET Developer

Fisheries Centre (University of British Columbia)

Sea Around Us Project

Position overview
The .NET Developer will have two main areas of responsibilities: a) take charge of Sea Around Us Web assets [applications and databases] b) and design various Web or Windows based prototypes/applications which may be utilised in other core or support systems, as defined by the senior project eladership. The successful candidate will participate in design meetings with various team members and will work closely with our senior developer.

The focus of the Sea Around Us Project is the researching and documentation of ecosystem effects of fishing on a global scale, and to develop and present solutions to ecosystem impacts of fishing. One of the main avenues of global dissemination of findings, and a major means of engaging both the general public as well as colleagues in the scientific community, is the project’s internet portal. This portal is thus the public face of the project. The candidate will be expected to provide technical leadership in the programming, implementation, data quality assurance, maintenance, documentation and administration of this portal. This project has global exposure and is a global leader in marine ecosystem impacts of fishing, thus the candidate will be expected to be highly available and highly professional. The candidate will provide fast and accurate implementation and development initiatives to provide the means for presenting new findings of the project. Given the diversity of professional inputs and public and professional end-users of the portal-based information, good communication skills, both oral and written, as well as fast delivery and consistent availability are essential.

Education level: Bachelor’s degree
Relevant work experience: preferably 3+ years
Term: 6-12 months, renewable annually
Status: Project-based
Compensation: UBC Information Systems and Technology, Level C,

Key responsibilities
• Implement a template-driven framework for the Sea Around Us Project website;
• Maintenance of existing web pages
• Update and modify project web legacy pages to conform with present project web pages
• Implement the various content-delivering components to fit in this framework;
• Provide creativity by proposing novel solutions to technical or conceptual problems using existing or novel computational standards and procedures;
• Be aware of existing and rapidly changing web standards, follow best practices, and choose the most appropriate standards and methods for the task at hand, while consulting and co-operating closely with the scientific team providing the scientific foundation for the web-products;
• Develop, program, test, implement, document and support applications and interface tools for web-portal products;
• Perform quality assurance testing, including product quality checks to ensure consistency between scientific conceptualization, scientific results, and web-representation of outputs;
• Set milestones for each web-project, and plan ways of achieving these milestone in a timely and effective way;
• Provide advice to and consult with senior Sea Around Us Project staff on portal- and data-issues;
• Develop, test, document, review and support custom applications for Web systems;
• Develop, test, document, review and support custom applications for other non-Web systems as defined by management.
• Develop, test, document, review and support user interfaces;
• Consult with senior project staff on complex design and presentation issues;
• Maintain, backup, and ensure that the web-portal and associated databases are preserved and operational at near 100% up-time;
• Diagnose, troubleshoot and resolve technical problems;
• Generate technical documentation relating to new and existing systems and products, in collaboration with senior project staff and the overseeing PI;
• Keep up to date with new applications and technology developments in the field and support best practices;
• If called upon, represent the web-portal at meetings, workshops, and through publications with overseeing PI and scientific project staff;
• Engage in other project related tasks, as needed and determined by senior project leadership.

Qualifications and skills
Relevant working experience, with emphasis on the following:
• University degree in a relevant discipline, and a minimum of three years related experience is preferred
• Ability to build relationships, consult with technical and scientific staff, and existing and potential portal-product users and project clients;
• Accuracy and attention to details;
• Ability to work effectively independently and self-directed, as well as within a team environment.
• Excellent analytical skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Object Oriented design experience (preferably 3+ years)
• Ability to design, automate and test
• Expert knowledge of the .NET/C#/ASP.NET framework, minimum 3 years of experience (strong emphasis on Web technologies)
• 3+ years of experience in designing databases (MS SQL server is preferable)
• proficient in T-SQL language
• ASP.NET development (3+ years)

• Familiarity with the MDX language and SQL Server Analysis Server (or other Business Intelligence technologies)
• Experience with recoding legacy systems
• GIS integration and familiarity with ESRI products would be an advantage
Familiarity with Wordpress would be an advantage
Consequences of Errors
This position is central to the web-based public face of this global project. Overall web-portal stability, product accuracy and correctness of web-products are crucial. Failure to provide stability and accuracy will lead to loss of scientific and community support, and loss in trust in project outputs.

Supervision required
The incumbent will be supervised by the project Principle Investigator, senior project staff and other IT specialists as determined by the PI.

Supervision provided
The incumbent may, on occasion, be required to supervise other staff associated with web-portal development, as determined by the PI.

Interested applicants please send resume and cover-letter addressing qualifications, skills and assets within the context of key responsibilities to [at] with Subject heading “Intermediate .NET Developer UBC, VanDev” or mail to G. Ong, Fisheries Centre, 2202 Main Mall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver V6T 1Z4. No phone calls, please.
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