Job description


Job no: 96211-AS
Work type: Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology

Position Vacancy ID:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Working Title:

Research Software Engineer

Official Title:


Hiring Department(s):



75% - 100%

Anticipated Begin Date:

NOVEMBER 17, 2018


This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $42,167 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and area of specialization:

Bachelor's degree is required.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:


At least one year professional experience Coding in programming languages such as Python, MATLAB, R, C++, Perl, IDL, Java, Julia or Ruby.

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Must have experience in at least one of the following:
- Signal processing
- Human subjects research, including psychophysiology and brain imaging
- Processing / analyzing large datasets with multiple types of data
- Statistical tools and processes


3 years experience with each of the following, relevant undergraduate experience may be considered:
- Coding in programming languages such as Python, MATLAB, R, C++, Perl, IDL, Java, Julia or Ruby.
- Linux (or UNIX), including command line and shell script experience
- Familiarity with Mac and/or Windows environments
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work well both in teams and individually

Experience or interest in:
- High-throughput / distributed computing systems such as CONDOR
- Version control systems such as Git, Mercurial, Subversion, and CVS
- Behavioral task programming systems such as E-Prime and PsychoPy
- Web coding technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
- Data security and/or data in a human subjects research environment
- Training staff and/or students
- Computer hardware experience (e.g. microprocessors, Arduino or Raspberry Pi, scientific or measurement equipment)

This is a sampling of what we do. We do not need you to know it all, we just want you to be curious about the things you do not know.

License or Certificate:

Position Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Healthy Minds (CHM) was founded and is led by neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson. CHM's mission is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind. CHM is a leader in rigorous, interdisciplinary basic and translational research aimed at understanding the mind and how to nurture well-being in ourselves and others. CHM communicates these findings to the world, inspires scientists to conduct further research, and engages influencers to shift the culture to embrace well-being.

At CHM, we engage in research on well-being across the entire human lifespan, from newborn infants through the end of life. Our faculty and scientists collect data in a huge variety of ways, including questionnaires, physiological and brain imaging measurements, behavioral tasks, and biological samples. We measure participants in our lab, on the web, and on their phones, in Madison and across the world.

In this position you will be part of a team working closely with our scientists and staff to support CHM research. You will implement existing scientific computing tools, both in-house and externally developed, and integrate them into studies workflows, and develop and maintain in-house software for the collection, processing and analysis of scientific data. A key part of your role will be to work collaboratively and flexibly with scientists and staff in a diverse range of areas, including development and implementation of Center-wide programming standards and best practices.

Successful applicants will need strong Linux skills and familiarity with Mac and/or Windows. Some experience with a variety of programming languages (we mainly use Python, MATLAB, and R) will be helpful, and the ability to complete projects in at least one language is a must. Strong skills in communication and collaboration are essential to success in this role, as are creativity and flexibility. Finally, we want you to be familiar with the principles and practice of scientific research, be interested and curious about the work we do, and to genuinely want to help make the world a better place.

Additional Information:

This position will have access to confidential and sensitive personnel and research information. Discretion and integrity are required.

Occasional night and weekend work may be needed.

The Center strongly supports a healthy work/life balance and a family-friendly work environment.


Amy Kiska
[email protected]
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to Applicants:

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process.

An applicant may be hired into a Senior Information Processing Consultant, Information Processing Consultant or Associate Information Processing Consultant title dependent upon experience. Title will be determined upon hire.

For questions on the position, contact: Amy Kiska, HR Coordinator, [email protected] or 608-262-0196

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and a document with the contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Cover letters will be used as a writing sample and to determine the best-qualified applicants. Thus, your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to this position including your work experience.

Additional Link:Full Position Details NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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Applications Open: Oct 15 2018 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Nov 12 2018 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

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