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API/Database Designer - Crop and Soil Sciences

Job Description

Posting Number


Internal Recruitment


Working Title

API/Database Designer - Crop and Soil Sciences

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm

Job Location

Raleigh, NC or Beltsville, MD

About the Department

The Precision Sustainable Agriculture (PSA) program is a network of researchers across the country collaborating to develop integrated knowledge-intensive sustainable agriculture practices into a precision framework to maximize farm productivity, and sustainability through the use of an information ecology that connects farms, data, tools, and people for optimal, real-time decision making. The PSA program is housed within the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences which encompasses diverse disciplines in research extension and teaching. The departmentís mission is to develop future leaders in crop, soil and environmental sciences, improve crop plants and products, devise effective and sustainable crop production systems, devise effective and sustainable soil management techniques in both agriculture and urban settings; and disseminate crop, soil, and environmental science knowledge for the benefit of users and producers of food, feed turf, biofuels and fiber in North Carolina, the nation and the world.

Essential Job Duties

As an API/database designer, the incumbent will build a new data center with private cloud and public cloud capabilities, overhaul existing applications and integrate new and existing platforms.†
The position will create a system to store user interaction history and application data and have the ability to interact with newly created databases. The position will create interoperability between cover crop decision support tools setting API standards among them.

a. Architect new database schemas for applications using PostgreSQL
b. Convert existing locally hosted databases to Azure platform
c. Develop new APIís using a modern framework (Node.js/Express, Plython/Django, Python/Flask, serverless functions) to interact with various databases.
d. Work with design team to create solutions to integrate with other technologies being developed at the same time.
e. Other projects and duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience

  • Masterís Degree with 2 years experience, or a Bachelorís Degree and 1-2+ years experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and relevent experience.
  • Experience developing APIís and designing database schemas.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Strong proficiency with PostgreSQL, Node.js/Express.js, Git.
  • Ability to work independently within a team.
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Project tracking techniques.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3 + years directly related experience.
  • Experience with database schema design.
  • Strong proficiency with MongoDB, and a python API framework (Flask and/or Django), experience with Azure services

Required License(s) or Certification(s)


Valid NC Driver's License required


Commercial Driver's License required


Job Open Date


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach a Cover Letter, Resume/CV, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Position Number


Position Type

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Mandatory - Medical Emergencies

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?


Department ID

110901 - Crop and Soil Sciences


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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