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PHP Developer in the Earth Science Project Office at NASA Ames Research Center

Bay Area Environmental Research Institute

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Tue, 05/16/2017 - 19:23

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Submit a cover letter and resume to the BAER Institute Human Resources Office at

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The Bay Area Environmental Research Institute, a non-profit organization focused on enabling research in earth and space science, is looking for an experienced PHP & Drupal developer, either part time or full time, to join the Earth Science Projects Office (ESPO) web development team. The team operates in a flexible work environment and is based at the NASA Ames Research Center in the heart of Silicon Valley.  
Duties and Responsibilities:
We are looking for a developer to help us support a PHP/MySQL based website, the Suborbital Flight Request System, for the NASA Airborne Science Program (ASP). The full time position will also include work on a variety of Drupal 7 websites for the ASP and the ESPO
The successful candidate will work with a small team of developers to maintain ESPO supported websites. As a key member of the ESPO development team, you’ll be involved in the development of new features, from design to implementation and documentation.  We strive to make the websites reflect user-friendly features and design.  Our websites leverage a combination of custom and contributed PHP libraries and Drupal modules to provide our users with a variety of features, including the flight request system, a data archive, mission logistical support, and aircraft activity planning and tracking.
To thrive in this job, you should enjoy working independently on some projects and jointly with your team on others to help produce solutions that support our scientific community and NASA earth science research.  Success in this requires excellent time management and communication skills.
All of this helps ensure you are able to provide user support to a diverse customer base (from scientists to technicians). To help achieve this you will be expected to trouble-shoot existing features and resolve issues by implementing new features and bug fixes. To be successful in this task, you must understand customer needs, and strive to provide the highest quality customer support.
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Extensive PHP programming experience (3 – 5 years, minimum). 
  • 3 – 5 years of experience with MySQL.
  • Full-time position requires 3-5 years experience with Drupal 7 and/or 8
  • BA/BS (Computer Science, Information Systems Science, Earth Science, or related discipline), or equivalent combination of education and experience that provided knowledge of website design and development.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent time-management skills to work on projects with multiple and competing priorities.
  • Exceptional communication skills to coordinate work with team members, and support the user community.
  • Experience providing technical support to users with a wide range of computer experience.
  • Full-time or Part-time (in the office Tuesday thru Thursday)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with working in a scientific environment.
  • Familiarity with Drupal 7 and/or 8.
  • Theming, CSS and JavaScript experience.
  • Linux command-line and Mac OS computer development platforms.
  • Software versioning and revision control systems (i.e. SVN and GIT).
  • Acquia Drupal Developer certification.

Note:  Interested applicants who reside outside of the San Francisco Bay Area must be willing to relocate within commuting distance of NASA Ames Research Center at their own expense.
Starting Salary (for full-time employment):

  • $70,000 - $95,000, depending on experience plus benefits (insurance and retirement)

Our benefits package helps to make the Bay Area Environmental Research (BAER) Institute a great place to work.  It includes: 

  • A competitive health care plan: medical, dental & vision, for full-time employees who work 30 hours per week or more. 100% of premium is paid by BAER Institute for the employee and spouse and dependents can be added for nominal fees.
  • Basic life insurance (including accidental death and dismemberment)
  • Short and long-term disability insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Commuter benefits program 
  • 10 paid holidays 
  • 15 days of vacation leave per year for the first three years (increases to 20 days after three years)
  • 12 days of sick leave per year
  • Generous 403(b) retirement plan (we contribute 10% of the employee’s gross salary), with an optional employee contribution to a tax-deferred annuity
  • Flexible work schedules and telecommute options to support work-life balance
  • Working in LEED Platinum Building at NASA Ames
  • On-site gym with no membership fee
  • On-site child care
  • Possible work travel opportunities

How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter and resume to the BAER Institute Human Resources Office at
Application packages must be received by no later than June 18, 2017.
Desired start date:  August 1, 2017.
Eligible applicants will be invited to respond in writing to a series of questions to determine the level and extent of their interest and qualifications for this job.
The Bay Area Environmental Research Institute is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, medical condition, gender identity, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability that requires accommodation, please let us know.
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Pay Scale: 
$70,000 - $95,000