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Software Engineer

Job Description


Department
 

Provost Globus Labs


About the Department
 

Globus (www.globus.org) is a sustainable, non-profit business within The University of Chicago delivering solutions for the research community worldwide. Globus develops and provides critical services that support scientific research for governmental, academic, and commercial organizations in a wide range of disciplines including life sciences, physics, and astronomy. We develop, operate, and sell commercial-quality, cloud-based software application and platform services used by 10s of thousands of researchers to manage their large–and growing–data management challenges. We have offices located at 401 North Michigan Avenue in the heart of downtown Chicago, at the Hyde Park campus, and remote employees who work-from-home.


Job Summary
 

As a member of the Globus Labs research software engineering team this position will focus on developing a new distributed logging system called ChronoLog in collaboration with partners at Illinois Institute of Technology. The team consists of faculty members, software developers, Postdoctoral researchers, and several Ph.D. students. The selected applicant will work in the design and development of the core ChronoLog library as well as a collection of plugins such as a query engine, a streaming processor, and a TensorFlow module. Applicants should have interest in HPC, deep memory and storage hierarchies, data streaming technologies, log workloads, data workflows, API design and implementation, performance optimization, and code instrumentation. Applicants must be comfortable working with other team members and collaborating with scientists and application developers that use HPC systems. Experience with C++ and parallel and distributed storage systems is not required but is highly preferred. Experience with all aspects of the software life cycle and the agile methodology is preferred. Selected applicants may optionally have the opportunity to publish research papers and travel to collaborator sites, workshops, and conferences. These positions will follow a flexible hybrid work model between on-campus and remote work.

Responsibilities

  • Architecture and Design - participates in the definition and documentation of requirements, architects and designs complex systems based on knowledge of relevant software technologies being developed and/or used in commercial and scientific communities. 
  • Software Development - develops, tests, documents, deploys and maintains high-quality software including ChronoLog library and its plugins.
  • Support - works directly with end users, to provide technical support services.
  • Team Coordination and Professional Development - contributes to team coordination and development activities, including project planning, project reporting, and recruitment. Maintains a working knowledge of relevant software technologies being developed and/or used in scientific and commercial communities. 
  • 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.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications
 

Education:

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

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Work Experience:

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

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Certifications:

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Preferred Qualifications

?Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field.
  • Advanced degree in computer science or another relevant computer related field.

Experience:

  • Three years of relevant programming experience developing, implementing, debugging, and maintaining applications with C/C++.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Developing production quality software.
  • Good understanding of distributed storage concepts.
  • Proficient at running applications on HPC systems.
  • Background with a distributed version control system (e.g., Git).
  • Working knowledge of Linux.
  • Skilled in cloud computing platforms.
  • C and C++ programming.
  • SQL databases (e.g., PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLite).
  • Containers (e.g., Docker, Singularity, Kubernetes).
  • High performance computing (HPC).
  • Cloud Computing (e.g., AWS, Azure, Google Cloud).
  • Unit and integration testing tools.
  • Contributing to an open source project.
  • Shell scripting (e.g., Bash).
  • Agile (e.g., Scrum) development processes.
  • File and storage system design.
  • Data streaming frameworks.
  • MPI and MPI I/O.
  • HPC applications and workflows.
  • GNU autotools and CMake build systems.
  • Use standard software development applications and tools.

Preferred Competencies

  • Exposure to fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures of software development.
  • Knowledgeable in data structures, computer architectures, compilers and algorithms. 
  • Strong organizational skills. 
  • Self-motivation and creativity. 
  • Problem solving and analytical skills necessary to carry out essential job functions and key responsibilities. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Prioritize and manage workload to meet critical project milestones and deadlines.
  • Work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Maintain confidentiality related to sensitive University matters such as strategic initiatives, trade secrets, quiet periods, and scientific discoveries yet to be put in the public domain.

Working Conditions

  • Occasional evening or weekend work hours.
  • Remote work options are available for this position.
  • Work independently for periods of eight (8) hours or more.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (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
 

Exempt


Pay Frequency
 

Monthly


Scheduled Weekly Hours
 

37.5


Benefits Eligible
 

Yes


Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement
 

No


Drug Test Required
 

No


Health Screen Required
 

No


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
 

No


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.

 

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