Application Software Developer/Team Lead

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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 Research and National Laboratories (RNL), 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 Research and National Laboratories oversees the conduct of sponsored research, research program development, multi-institutional research institutes, national laboratory board, and contract management functions. RNL supports the development and coordination of research-related communications and educational programs at The University of Chicago. RNL 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. RNL 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 Application Software Developer to work closely with faculty and researchers at the University of Chicago. The person in this position will be an experienced software developer leading the development of and improvements to faculty and researchers' software projects. The successful candidate will contribute to the application development team's goal of successfully completing software development projects on time, maintain the team's application portfolio, assist with the creation of project specifications documentation and prototypes and do well in a mentoring environment while learning new technologies and systems.


  • Development, testing, debugging, and maintenance of new and existing application software.
  • Collaborate directly with faculty, researchers, users and RCC colleagues.
  • Define and document project requirements.
  • Provide overall technical leadership in design, architecture and implementation of software solutions.
  • Work on a variety of projects, with faculty campus-wide.
  • Evaluate new technologies and software products to determine feasibility and desirability of incorporating their capabilities within research projects.
  • Perform 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. Master's degree preferred.

  • Minimum three years experience in software development required.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Experience with shell scripting and command line (Linux/Unix) required.
  • Experience developing, designing, deploying and supporting applications required.
  • Strong proficiency with jQuery, AngularJS or similar Javascript frameworks (React, Node, Meteor, etc.) preferred.
  • Track record of delivering within an Agile/Scrum software development platform preferred.
  • Expertise with one or more programming languages such as Python, PHP, and Java is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with one or more high level programming language such as C or C++ preferred
  • Proficient in micro services, web services, and RESTful API development preferred
  • Experience with REST, AJAX, SOAP, JSON and XML preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of relational and non-relational (NoSQL) databases such as MySQL, PostreSQL, MongoDB, and Cassandra strongly preferred.
  • Experience with version control systems (e.g. git) required.
  • Strong knowledge of web base security including Identification and Access Management, LDAP, Shibboleth Integration, multi-factor Authentication and Authorization, or Single Sign-on preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter

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 Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 12/1/2018
Application Due: 12/18/2018
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