Front-End Web Developer

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Hyde Park Campus

86755 Research Computing Center

About the Unit
The University of Chicago Research Computing Center (RCC), a unit in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories (RINL), provides high-end research computing resources to researchers at the University of Chicago. It is dedicated to enabling research by providing access to centrally managed High Performance Computing (HPC), storage, and visualization resources. These resources include hardware, software, high-level scientific and technical user support, and the education and training required to help researchers make full use of modern HPC technology and local and national supercomputing resources. The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and for National Laboratories oversees the conduct of sponsored research, technology transfer, research program development, multi-institutional research institutes, national laboratory board, and contract management functions. RINL supports the development and coordination of research-related communications and educational programs at The University of Chicago. RINL oversees the management of two Department of Energy contracts for Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. When combined with the Lab R&D budgets, the office oversees approximately $1.4 billion in sponsored research. RINL works closely with individual scholars, departments, and divisions to encourage, seed, and coalesce research across the University, Argonne, and Fermilab campuses.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Research Computing Center (RCC) is seeking a highly motivated Front-End Web Developer to primarily support the unit website and collaborate with faculty and researchers to develop or enhance RCC supported web-based applications that support their research projects.


  • Develop web-based applications to allow website elements to interact with RCC's backend systems and services. The Front-End Web Developer should have a strong background in web-design and be experienced with content management systems.
  • The Front-End Web Developer manages and carries out the development and deployment of custom web-applications to the RCC website. Requires some development effort for web-facing content using a variety of software applications, techniques, and tools.
  • Design, implement and maintain effective, dynamic and well thought out interactive elements of the RCC website.
  • Ensures timely updates and on-going maintenance of websites and online services. Ensures quality control through code review, testing, and debugging software for accuracy, completeness, and system integrity.
  • Documents development decisions and processes thoroughly. Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Ability to understand and translate researchers' scientific goals into computational requirements.
  • Ability to work well with faculty and researchers.
  • Ability to identify and gain expertise in appropriate new technologies and/or software tools.
  • Ability to function as part of an interactive team while demonstrating self-initiative to achieve project's goals and Research Computing Center's mission.
  • Strong analytical skills and problem solving ability.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field required.

  • Minimum five years of professional work experience in an IT or web development position required.
  • Experience in website and dynamic web-based application development, and support required.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Knowledge of HTML5, CSS3, REST, JSON, jQuery and JavaScript required.
  • Knowledge of translating backend database – relational and/ or non-relational to front-end interface required.
  • Responsive design experience with Bootstrap or Foundation strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with cross-browser and cross-platform/device issues preferred.
  • Experience developing, designing, deploying and supporting applications in a UNIX/Linux platform based environments required.
  • Experience with a Content Management System (CMS) such as Drupal, Django, or Web2PY required.
  • Knowledge of scripting languages such as Python or Perl preferred.
  • Experience with software development and security best practices preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 7/6/2018
Application Due: 8/23/2018
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