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Senior Web Applications Developer

The University of Chicago

Job Description


Booth CDR: Operations

About the Department

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest business school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges. Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment. Chicago Booth is proud to claim: -an unmatched faculty. -degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents. -a global body of nearly 54,000 accomplished alumni. - strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities. As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University's core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment. For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/.

Job Summary

The Senior Web Applications Developer serves as an integral member of the Center for Decision Research (CDR) research staff by independently designing, developing, deploying, and maintaining full-stack research applications (and support scripts) and their related data collection for all CDR researchers, as well as several affiliate researchers. This role acts as lead developer of the CDR's study management application - handling all aspects of development from design, development, testing, and deployment.
The Senior Web Applications Developer conducts systems analysis to determine how existing team workflows can be effectively supported and optimized through the implementation of new system features and applications, including the conversion of general feature requests into concrete implementations that are both user-friendly and resilient. They review existing infrastructure to identify areas of security concerns and moves to update such systems both internally as well as in conjunction with third party services. In addition to creating well-documented source code, the Senior Web Applications Developer ensures the usability of work products through the creation of written guides with helpful illustrations, narrated video tutorials, and direct demonstrations / hands-on training that emphasizes task variation to assist with retention. This team member coordinates with the Booth IT department, providing on-site support for the maintenance of computer / tablet equipment in the CDR's downtown research lab, Mindworks.


  • Consults with faculty, postdoctoral and PhD student researchers affiliated with the Center for Decision Research (CDR) in order to translate research design needs into web applications and support programs / scripts that accurately and securely collect various forms of response data from users.
  • Meets with researchers in a timely manner after receiving a project request, after which a wireframe design for projects should be presented along with a timeline estimate for completion, to be approved by the researcher.
  • Requests may include adapting to existing source code; and may otherwise include researcher preferences for specific application frameworks. Individual independently adapts to diverse application framework needs to optimize research collection.
  • Web applications should utilize essential programming principles in security when applicable - such as data encryption, password protection, code encapsulation, and common attack prevention strategies.
  • In addition to full-stack web application development, this individual demonstrates an expertise in how to program API resources and support scripts that interact well with existing data collection applications and platforms commonly used in the social sciences, such as Qualtrics.
  • Manages several projects simultaneously, and provides accurate and clearly communicated estimates of project completion. Troubleshoots issues in a timely manner. Creates and maintains documentation for completed projects, including coding procedures for manipulating key factors within the programs. If required, develops programs to assist in bulk data exporting and analysis.
  • Leads development of the CDR’s Study Management web application and database.
  • Independently handles all aspects of development from design, development, testing, and deployment. The application contains both client- and server-rendered features across multiple frameworks – requiring an expertise in writing reactive SPAs + APIs as well as backend Views + Handlers. Writes data migrations to maintain the application’s database server. Utilizes the application’s multi-tiered deployment pipeline during rollout.
  • Because the CDR web application also serves to assist staff in support of CDR research, this individual conducts system analysis of current staff workflows in search of areas for optimization through automation. Converts abstract feature requests into concrete implementations.
  • Due to the CDR web application having a user base encompassing many areas of specialization that may be unrelated to technology, this individual produces highly detailed and accessible written and video documentation. Provides hands-on training for new features as part of a successful deployment strategy and otherwise provides user support as needed.
  • Maintains and implements new API endpoints designed to integrate security and automation with 3rd party resources.
  • Develops, maintains, and troubleshoots applications to be delivered within the CDR storefront lab, as needed.
  • Consults with CDR lab management team (CDR Labs Director, Associate Director, and storefront lab management team), as well as CDR faculty, postdoctoral and PhD student researchers in order to develop and maintain web-based applications to demonstrate various behavioral science principles, which will be delivered within the exhibit space in the storefront lab, and which may also collect data from visitors.
  • Assists the storefront lab manager in overseeing the maintenance of computer/tablet hardware and software in the lab, in coordination with the Booth IT department.
  • Designs new systems, features, and tools. Solves complex problems and identifies opportunities for technical improvement and performance optimization. Reviews and tests code to ensure appropriate standards are met.
  • Acts as a technical consultant and resource for faculty research, teaching, and/or administrative
  • 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 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Master’s degree. 

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

Preferred Competencies

  • Outstanding verbal, written, and presentation skills, as well as organizational skills.
  • Work independently with little supervision; possess a self-motivated disposition; identify opportunities for improvement and recommend effective changes, all while achieving key objectives resulting in desired outcomes.
  • Excellent strategic planning, critical thinking, analytical, and persuasion skills.
  • Handle multiple detailed tasks/projects simultaneously and meet strict deadlines with frequent interruptions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and diplomatically with colleagues, as well as with students, faculty and corporate contacts in a multitude of communication methods i.e., in person, email, phone.
  • Professional demeanor, including tact, discretion, and a customer service-oriented approach.

Working Conditions

  • This position is currently expected to work a minimum three days per week in the office.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)

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

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward .
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.


We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.


All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.


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