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Software Engineer in Test
Chicago, IL

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Job Description

Please make sure to read the job posting in its entirety as it reflects both the University roles and responsibilities, followed by the specific description.

Department2010009 BSD - Center for Data Intensive Science

About the UnitThe Center for Translational Data Science at the University of Chicago is a research center pioneering the discipline of translational data science to advance biology, medicine, and environmental research. 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. These growing data commons offer petabytes of rich research data to scientists across the world.

Job FamilyInformation Technology

Responsible for the design, implementation, and maintenance of new and existing applications, systems architecture, and network infrastructure. Ensures operation and security of all servers and networks. Configures, installs, maintains and upgrades applications and hardware for the organization's infrastructure and for end-user devices.

Career Track and Job LevelProgramming

Performs and oversees a variety of activities relating to software support and/or development. Oversees technical development projects and the implementation of applications and/or websites. Provides analysis, design, development, debugging, and modification of computer code for applications, beta general releases, and production support. Develops and builds web pages, applications and user interfaces using a variety of software applications, techniques, and tools. New development, break fixes, maintenance, operational support of code and application ecosystem currently in production. Includes overall application administration and integration management.

P2: Requires knowledge and experience in own discipline; still acquiring higher-level knowledge and skills. Builds knowledge of the organization, processes and customers. Solves a range of straightforward problems. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Receives a moderate level of guidance and direction.

Role ImpactIndividual Contributor

ResponsibilitiesThe job performs a variety of activities relating to software support and/or development. Provides analysis, design, development, debugging, and modification of computer code for end user applications, beta general releases, web pages, and production support. Troubleshoots problems using existing procedures to find a possible solution.

1) Investigates, analyzes and resolves day-to-day technical problems using standard procedures., 2) 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., 3) 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., 4) Supports and maintains existing applications. Works with web developers and responds to requests from users., 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities

1) Test functionalities prior to each release on each tier.

2) Responsible for testing the product to be compliant with technical specifications and policy requirements.

3) Implement automated testing tools.

4) Contribute to Master Test Plan and Strategy by identifying appropriate test techniques and tools that ensure product quality and test completion.

5) Develop the test case documents according to the Master Test Plan/Test Strategy.

6) Facilitate triage of defects and assist in defect investigation and escalation.

7) Walk through the test results with the team and communicate status to management and project leadership.

8) Evening/Weekend hours of work infrequent but occasional.

Unit-preferred Competencies

1) Proficient in one or more common programming languages.

2) Detailed knowledge of software verification and validation processes and procedures.

3) Excellent debugging and trouble shooting skills.

4) Understanding of Agile Process and ability to prioritize and manage workload to meet critical project milestones and deadlines.

5) Ability and willingness to acquire new programming languages, learn about statistical and machine learning methods.

6) Ability to work in a collaborative team environment.

7) Excellent technical and communication skills.

Education, Experience, and CertificationsMinimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

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

Preferred Qualifications


1) Advanced degree in computer science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, or a relevant quantitative field.


1) Minimum of two (2) years of professional QA experience in testing activities.

2) Experience designing and evaluating tests for web applications and APIs.

3) Experience with unit testing, test case development, automated regression testing.

4) UX/UI testing and browser test automation (Selenium) experience.

5) Experience coding in Python (1 year+).

6) Unix/Linux experience.

7) Version control experience.

8) Experience coding in one or more other languages (Javascript, C/C++, Go).

9) Experience with high performance/ cloud computing and performance/scalability testing.

10) Unix/Linux programming or system administration experience.

11) Continuous integration experience.

Required Documents

1) Resume

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

FLSA StatusExempt

Pay FrequencyMonthly

Pay GradeDepends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours40

Benefits EligibleYes

Drug Test RequiredNo

Health Screen RequiredNo

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry RequiredNo

Posting Date2019-06-24-07:00

Remove from Posting On or Before2019-12-24-08:00

Posting Statement

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

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