Azavea uses geo-data to build civic apps. We’re excited about what we do, we're growing, and we hope you will join us.
Azavea is based in Philadelphia, and we are looking to grow our Justice and Elections Services (JEST) team as well as our systems and operations capacity. The JEST team develops custom web and mobile software for public health, law enforcement, elections and civic applications as well as our HunchLab, open source DistrictBuilder and Cicero API products.
You are …
… a software engineer who enjoys building applications as much as configuring a network or tweaking a Linux server to get that extra ounce of performance. You are passionate about building software that will have a positive impact – you are interested in public service, but not necessarily in working for a government or a non-profit organization. You are interested in geography and maps and thrive on working in a variety of technology environments.
Who We Are and What We’re Doing
As a B Corporation (check it out), we’re committed to working on projects that have social and civic impact and advancing the state-of-the-art through research. Most of our customers are local governments, non-profit organizations and academic or federal research projects. We build custom apps; perform geospatial analysis; manage several open source civic software projects (DistrictBuilder, OpenTreeMap and others); and develop an open source, high performance computing framework, GeoTrellis, that enables us to build fast analytical applications by distributing the geospatial data processing. Our developers work across the technology stack from database and application servers to modern, browser-based front-ends.
The JEST team develops our HunchLab product, a web-based application for visualizing space-time events, geographic forecasting of crime risk (imagine a weather map for crime), and early warning alerts based on geographic areas. We apply a mix of clever software, math, statistics and even genetic algorithms to create a powerful analysis tool that is being used to improve public safety in communities around the world. In addition, the team is working with academic researchers to implement software for crime geography analysis techniques that push back the boundaries of what’s possible with contemporary data science. The team is also developing web-based mapping tools for analysis and visualization of public health, homelessness, and elections, including supporting the open source legislative redistricting software, DistrictBuilder and our Cicero API.
Half of our colleagues are software engineers and most of the rest are fairly technical, so we don’t have a lot of end user support requirements, but our work is complex, and we often have knotty problems related to configuring and growing our VM infrastructure, improving deployment and backup scripts, optimizing our build and staging environments or improving our security. It’s not enough work for a full-time operations engineer, but it’s enough that it’s probably a 50-50 splits in many weeks, so we are looking for something that both loves building slick web apps but also really enjoys improving the technology operations of a software firm.
What You’ll Do:
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Our Philadelphia office is located in a brightly lit office on the 4th floor of a converted factory building in the Callowhill neighborhood, a short walk from Center City, the Reading Terminal Market and SEPTA subway and regional rail stations. For bicyclists, we have in-house bike parking, a shower and lockers. It’s an open office plan with several smaller rooms for team meetings, private space and concentration time. You get a top-end Linux or Windows workstation with a pile of memory for VMs and a minimum of two monitors. While it’s not come-as-you-please, we have flex-time to deal with personal stuff, and most people work a 40 – 45 hour week on a regular schedule. After the first six months, our developers can also spend up to 10% of their time on a geospatial open source or R&D project. For example, some of our colleagues are contributors to the PostGIS, OpenLayers, GDAL and Open-Data-Catalog projects. Other research projects include improving dev ops tool chains; using FFT for fast kernel density estimation; extending Scala for improved numeric handling; and hijacking GPUs for raster data processing . Once a quarter, we all get together to work on our R&D projects as well as share our work with our colleagues.
We offer a salary commensurate with skills and experience and a benefits package that includes: profit-sharing bonus, health, dental, vision, retirement plan, flexible hours, and more. We welcome candidates from all walks of life and value diversity in our company and do not discriminate based on race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status or domestic partner status.
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