Software Engineer - Web GIS API


Are you passionate about making good software? So are we! In the past few years, Esri has put a large effort into making 3D GIS accessible and powerful for both consumers and experts, across all platforms and devices. We are dedicated to continually pushing the boundaries of 3D GIS on the web, and you can play a key role in our mission.
At the Esri R&D Center-Zurich, a small team of exceptional software engineers leads the development of Esri’s core 3D web technologies: the ArcGIS API for JavaScript and Scene Viewer. As a JavaScript/TypeScript developer, you can expect to work on designing and building software that is both easy to use and expressive, enabling GIS professionals to build stunning 3D interactive maps.
  • Design and implement new software components for the ArcGIS API for JavaScript, spanning a wide range of topics such as web service consumption, data processing and analysis, core library functionality, 3D mapping and rendering
  • Assume a leading role in the public API design and documentation
  • Advise in matters of software architecture and engineering
  • Apply and promote good software engineering practices such as test automation, modularization, simplification
  • Evolve and maintain our build process, test automation infrastructure, and other custom tooling


  • 2+ years of practical experience in software development
  • Excellent JavaScript/TypeScript programming skills
  • Strong background in software design and architecture
  • Excellent creative thinking and communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment with frequent releases and tight schedules
  • Master’s or PhD in computer science or a related field
  • Authorization to work in Switzerland
Recommended Qualifications:
  • Experience with API design
  • Background in computer graphics, real-time rendering, WebGL
  • Experience with agile software development methods (Scrum, etc.)
  • Familiarity with GIS applications and technologies, ideally ArcGIS
  • Knowledge of common web technologies

The Company

Our passion for improving quality of life through geography is at the heart of everything we do. Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) technology inspires and enables governments, universities, and businesses worldwide to save money, lives, and our environment through a deeper understanding of the changing world around them.


Carefully managed growth and zero debt give Esri stability that is uncommon in today's volatile business world. Privately held, we offer exceptional benefits, competitive salaries, 401(k) and profit-sharing programs, opportunities for personal and professional growth, and much more.


Esri is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

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