Ui/Ux Frontend Engineer

Element 84

Date listed

1 month ago

Employment Type

Full time



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Company Description

About Element 84 

Element 84 is a woman-owned small business that works with public, private, and non-profit sector clients to develop geospatial data processing pipelines & build software that helps answer big questions about our health, our infrastructure, and our changing planet. We solve challenging problems across a wide range of industries, but our superpower is cloud-based geospatial data processing, remote sensing, and Earth science systems. Our headquarters is located in Alexandria, VA and we have a satellite office in Philadelphia, PA. Element 84 also supports a large remote workforce from a variety of other states.

A Few Other Things You Should Know

  1. Element 84's values are: We Invest in Each Other, We are Reliable, and Our Work Benefits our World.

  2. Element 84 works on meaningful projects that are challenging—from a technical, people, and team perspective. We make an impact on large projects through our leadership and expertise, both formal and informal.

  3. Element 84 values life outside of work. We offer parental leave for everyone and support each other through family challenges like medical problems, adoptions, and new babies.

  4. Element 84 has had a flexible work schedule since our founding in 2010.

  5. Element 84 is committed to building an inclusive, diverse and equitable workplace. We expect the entire team to share that same commitment. 

About You

You are curious about the world, are constantly learning, driven to lead (formally or informally), and have a strong work ethic. You're interested in solving impactful problems in science, medicine, and other projects that have a societal good. You can work independently or with a team, prioritize your projects, and be effective without micromanagement.

You'll care about writing. Our team is remote and written communication is essential. In addition to caring about a well-crafted email and a succinct conference abstract, you understand that good writing is good design and engineering.

Job Description

Element 84 is hiring a Front End Engineer to help us shape and build user interfaces for meaningful projects in the public and private sector. You'll join a team of multidisciplinary engineers working to solve challenging problems in geospatial, healthcare, disaster response, and transportation. We're a small company with big roles, and you'll be able to make an impact on day one.

We're looking for someone that can take an idea from concept to finished product. You’ll be developing systems that require complex user interaction and fast, responsive interfaces. You’ll work closely with other engineers to ensure that proper technologies and best practices are in place to deliver an optimal user experience. As a UI/UX Front-End Engineer at Element 84, you’ll have an opportunity to shape the design and development on key client projects. You'll influence internal design practices and front-end development methodologies, and contribute to open source software projects.

You'll care about writing. Our team is remote and written communication is key. In addition to caring about a well-crafted email and a succinct conference abstract, you understand that good writing is good UX.


Here are things we've worked on recently to give you an idea of how you might spend your day:

  • Built user flows and wireframes for tasking Earth observation satellites.

  • Created a modular front-end design system for an oceanographic data portal.

  • Built an open-source React framework for quickly implementing Leaflet-based map interfaces.

  • Designed and built a data dashboard for exploring regional water security issues.

  • Extended and customized Bootstrap to create a front-end component library to promote organizational design consistency.

  • Improved workflows and user interfaces for helping scientists and researchers find and use Earth science datasets and products.

Here are the guidelines we're looking at to gauge experience and skill set:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, or similar field of study from an accredited university preferred (will consider equivalent professional experience in lieu of degree).

  • 5+ years of relevant experience in software and application development.

  • Expert in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

  • Strong visual and user interface design skills.

  • Experience with React or other front-end Javascript frameworks.

  • Experience with Git (or another SCM tool) and build tools like Gulp, Grunt, and Webpack.

  • Basic understanding of programming languages and frameworks like Python, Ruby, and Rails.

  • Experience with templating engines for generating dynamic content.

  • Ability to independently explore and evaluate different tooling options and open-source solutions, considering factors like stability, popularity, and suitability for the project's requirements.

  • Capability to work closely with scientists to understand their needs for custom visualizations and translate those requirements into technical solutions.

  • Experience with mapping and geospatial front-end development (Leaflet, Mapbox, GeoJSON, STAC) is a big plus.

  • Experience developing interactive dashboards with widgets, such as those created with Tableau or similar tools.

  • Outstanding all-round communication skills and ability to work collaboratively and proficiently in a remote environment.

  • Energetic, self-motivated, team player.

  • Ability to maintain confidential information.

Please submit your information, resume, and cover letter if you are interested in this permanent full-time position.  Remote candidates are considered if located in VA, DC, MD, PA, UT, NJ, TX, MN, FL, NH, OR, NM, OH, IN, AZ, CO, KS, NY MI, MT, SD, CA, IL (excluding Chicago).

This position requires that applicants be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship now or at any time in the future and be able to pass a general background check.

Additional Information

Paying attention to who we are as a company–people, family members, friends, and colleagues–is our primary focus at Element 84. There are lots of ways to run a company and for us, it's wanting to come to work, being around people we enjoy, taking on big things with people you trust, and sharing our achievements as a team.

  • You’ll get credit when things go right and we’ll have your back when things go wrong.

  • We only take on work that is challenging and right for us. There are projects we will turn down and the team has a say.

  • We may be a small company, but we have big company benefits meant to support the idea that we're here for the long term and happiness comes from much more than where you work. 

  • We have an extraordinary retention rate because we hire extraordinary people. We hope that’s you.

The salary range for this position is $90,000 - $117,000.

Actual compensation offered to candidate will be finalized at offer and may be above or below the posted range due to skill level, experience, industry-specific knowledge, education/certifications, or geographic location. Base salary represents just one component of the Element 84 total compensation package. Employees will also receive a number of benefits as listed below. Other compensation for this position may include bonus eligibility (dependent on employee performance and company profits).

Benefits Offered

  • Competitive medical, dental and vision benefits

  • Life Insurance, Short & Long Term disability insurance

  • Voluntary Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Insurance

  • 401(k) and Roth 401(k) retirement plans with a fixed 3% of salary employer contributions (paid regardless of employee participation)

  • Health savings account with a company contribution

  • Flexible spending accounts (medical, dependent care and transportation)

  • Company-paid parental leave after one year of employment

  • Flexible work schedules

  • Paid employee assistance program

  • 9 paid holidays

  • 4 weeks + 1 day Paid Time Off per calendar year (pro-rated first year)

  • Cell phone stipend


Element 84 is an equal opportunity employer, with a company culture that values diversity.

We embrace inclusivity and believe that diversity of thought, perspective, and experience helps us reach higher and think bigger. Element 84 is committed to hiring the best person for the team and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

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