Senior Software Engineer

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

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Software Engineering
Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, October 13, 2023


BSD CTD - Engineering: Plan X - Software 1

About the Department

The Center for Translational Data Science (CTDS) at the University of Chicago is a research center whose mission is to develop the discipline of translational data science to impactful problems in biology, medicine, healthcare, and the environment. We envision a world in which researchers have ready access to the data needed and the tools required to make data driven discoveries that increase our scientific knowledge and improve the quality of life. We architect ecosystems of large-scale commons of research data, computing resources, applications, tools, and services for the broader research community to use data at scale to pursue scientific inquiry and accelerate discovery. Learn more at https://gdc.cancer.gov/, https://gen3.org/, https://stats.gen3.org/, and https://ctds.uchicago.edu/. This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.

Job Summary

Senior Software Engineers perform web application development activities of open-source software platforms, including analyzing business and technical requirements, designing/developing/testing software, reviewing and testing code, supporting and maintaining applications, and providing appropriate written documentation of project development and programming code. All engineers are expected to be flexible for full-stack development and some may have a specialty in back end or frontend technologies.


  • Responsible for technical tasks and timely delivery of such tasks, meeting the required level of quality.

  • Participation in complex and challenging activities, including design and implementation.

  • Provide support and maintenance for existing applications.

  • Provide technical mentorship to interns and onboarding staff and technical leadership in technical initiatives.

  • Actively participate in the hiring process and provide fair and productive interview feedback.

  • Elaborate on technical solutions internally and externally when required.

  • Investigates, analyzes and resolves day-to-day technical problems using standard procedures.

  • Works with stakeholders to gather and analyze requirements for developmental programs. Receives a moderate level of guidance to design applications to meet University and business requirements.

  • Performs code testing on components and works to ensure that appropriate implementation standards are met. Evaluates design alternatives for development cost and solutions using various methods.

  • Supports and maintains existing applications. Works with web developers and responds to requests from users.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Advanced degree in computer science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, or a relevant quantitative field strongly preferred.


  • 3+ years of relevant software development experience, full cycle strongly preferred, including design, coding, testing, and support.

  • Programming skills using Python (preferred), Golang/Javascript (a plus), or other languages like C/C++, Java, or C# with advanced skills in at least one of these languages.

  • Knowledge of web applications, REST API, microservices, and containers.

  • Knowledge of Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL, Spark, Hadoop, and data analysis.

  • Knowledge of configuration management utilities (Chef, Salt, Ansible) and container-based deployment solutions (Docker, Kubernetes).

  • High performance/cloud computing experience (AWS, GCP, Openstack).

  • Unix/Linux programming, open source, and version control experience.

  • Experience with cloud platforms (AWS, GCP, Openstack), CI/CD, and Agile methodologies.

Preferred Competencies

  • Ability to collaborate and interact effectively with team members, following guidelines and best practices and ensuring accountability for deliverables and outcomes.

  • Ability to take multiple complex tasks and break them into smaller ones, estimating the effort needed to complete them, prioritizing them appropriately, and ensuring the completion of each task, meeting the required level of quality.

  • Ability to prioritize and manage workload to meet project milestones and deadlines.

  • Ability to adopt and support new structures or systems to meet objectives.

  • Ability to take and provide constructive and helpful input and feedback on technical issues.

  • In-depth knowledge in core technical areas, including in-depth knowledge of one or more modern programming languages, or having demonstrated the ability to achieve that level of proficiency in a short period of time.

Working Conditions

  • Office Setting.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Information Technology

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

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Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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