PGC is Hiring: Geospatial Developer

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PGC is Hiring: Geospatial Developer

Jonathan Pundsack
The Polar Geospatial Center has an open position for a Geospatial Developer. Details are below and also on the PGC website. Please share widely and forward to anyone you think might be interested and a good fit for this position. Applications must be submitted online through the University of Minnesota employment site:

Best Regards,
Jonathan Pundsack, Managing Director, Polar Geospatial Center - University of Minnesota

About the PGC

The Polar Geospatial Center (PGC) at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities provides geospatial support, mapping, and GIS/remote sensing solutions to researchers and logistics groups in the polar science community. We collaborate with scientists around the world to complete their research goals in a safe, timely, and efficient manner by providing a service which most groups do not have the resources or expertise to complete. Our goal is to introduce new, state-of-the-art techniques from the geospatial field to effectively solve problems in the least mapped places on Earth.

We are located on the University of Minnesota Saint Paul campus.

About the Job

Summary: This position is responsible for management of PGC’s satellite imagery archive and the software/tools that facilitate organization and access to the data, which are the foundation of PGC’s science support work. The applicant will be responsible for building and maintaining imagery management and processing workflows, coordinating data production, and managing High Performance Computing (HPC) resources and projects. The applicant is expected to develop new tools for image processing and analysis as well as update and maintain legacy projects. Knowledge of GIS and Remote Sensing concepts is required.

Essential Job Functions and Approximate Percentage of Time:
-35% Build and maintain imagery management and processing workflows
-30% Develop new tools for image processing and analysis, as well as update and maintain legacy projects
-25% Manage High Performance Computing (HPC) resources and projects to effectively meet the objectives of PIs and projects supported by PGC
-10% Other duties as needed to help support overarching PGC research needs


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Remote Sensing, or a related science and two years of experience.
  • Experience in Python or a related programming language
  • Familiarity with Linux command line systems
  • Experience with geospatial software and analysis
  • Experience with relational databases
  • Command of GIS/Remote Sensing fundamentals and concepts
  • Advanced degree or 2+ years of experience in geospatial programming
  • Experience interacting with HPC systems
  • Expertise with Git or other version control and collaboration tools
  • Experience using the GDAL/OGR and Arcpy libraries
  • Experience with testing frameworks


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume. Candidates must submit CV/Resume, cover letter, and references.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail [hidden email] or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


Jonathan Pundsack, Managing Director
Polar Geospatial Center
University of Minnesota
R280 Learning & Environmental Sciences
1954 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108
612-625-6331 direct
612-626-0505 main

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