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Software Engineer (UPDATED)

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Software Engineer (UPDATED)
Department BIO5 Institute (9011)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Please note: the email address listed under the ‘Contact Information for Candidates’ section has been updated.

CyVerse is the National Science Foundation’s premier data management platform, working to design, deploy, and expand a national cyberinfrastructure for life sciences research and train scientists in its use. This initiative brings together biologists, computer and information scientists and engineers, as well as experts from other disciplines, all working on integrated teams.
CyVerse staff tackle prevailing computational and data-centric problems associated with providing large-scale research infrastructure for life science research.
We are seeking a talented software engineer to join our Core Software team who will work with other software engineers, computer scientists, and project managers to develop appropriate software solutions for our user communities focused on solving Grand Challenges problems. This position will collaborate with team members from participating institutions, developing innovative, open source applications for the science research communities. We seek a highly motivated person with an appetite to learn, ability to perform in team environments, flexible attitude, attention to detail, and excellent communication skills.

BIO5 transcends traditional research models by promoting intensive interdisciplinary collaboration with individuals from many departments and colleges within the University of Arizona. BIO5 is dedicated to stimulating leading-edge interdisciplinary research in order to translate research into real-world applications in the fields of medicine and agriculture. The BIO5 Institute is committed to training the next generation of scientists as well as increasing scientific knowledge throughout society.

With more than $606 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #21 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #2 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

The UA today has over 43,000 students, and nearly 15,600 employees. The main campus has grown from its original 40 acres to more than 350 acres, and boasts the oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona. The University of Arizona offers a broad range of educational programs and support services that attract an excellent and diverse student body.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here.

Duties & Responsibilities

● Contribute to developing and maintaining an infrastructure for the science communities to help address scientific Grand Challenges.
● Implement software according to the project requirements, specifications, and timelines.
● Contribute to the development of professional processes, procedures, and standards for delivering quality products in a timely fashion.
● Work within established development standards and methodologies, including agile development, and test- and behavior-driven development.
● Work with other software engineers to document and promote best practices and patterns.
● Work with a team of developers or alone to evaluate/research current and new software development technologies, such as programming languages, application platforms, libraries, and data storage systems.
● Contribute to DevOps needs.
● Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

● Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Minimum Qualifications

● A combined six years of related education or experience.
● Experience with relational databases (PostgreSQL)
● Experience with Object-oriented programming in languages such as Java, C++ or functional programming in languages such as Clojure.
● Experience with Object-oriented analysis and design.
● Experience working in a team environment on successful software projects.
● Exposure to many phases of the software development/implementation life cycle.
● Experience using and/or contributing to open source software.
● Experience with a version control system, such as Subversion, CVS, or Git.

Preferred Qualifications

● Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field AND two year of Software Engineering experience; OR,
● Associate’s degree in Computer Science or related field AND four years of Software Engineering experience
● Experience with and understanding of agile development methodologies.
● Experience with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
● Experience with data and metadata management.
● Familiarity with Unix/Linux and shell scripting.
● Familiarity with HTTP servers such as nginx or Apache.
● Understanding of common enterprise application architectural patterns, such as MVP.
● Demonstrated ability to produce robust software, preferably in the scientific computing domain.
● Basic knowledge of Web application development frameworks such as Spring
● Experience developing using modern web application framework like React, Angular etc…
● Background in programming using languages such as Go, Python, Groovy or Perl.
● Knowledge of the computational and data storage needs of the scientific communities.
● Development experience using Web 2.0 technologies.

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Computer, Engineering and Technical
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22154
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Sriram Srinivasan

Open Date 10/28/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 11/07/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you meet the minimum qualifications required for this position?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents