Staff Software Engineer and Senior Software Engineer - Applied Research Institute (142049)
University of Illinois


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Staff Software Engineer and Senior Software Engineer
Applied Research Institute
The Grainger College of Engineering
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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The Illinois Applied Research Institute (ARI) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is seeking applicants for Staff Software Engineer and Senior Software Engineer positions. These positions will use software development methodologies, skills, and research to develop software to meet the needs and requirements of our customers and research partners. ARI has developed software and software platforms in the areas of agriculture, autonomy, defense, digital manufacturing, and medical imaging. All professionals hired into these positions will be involved in a variety of research and development (R&D) programming activities in the areas of applied science and engineering, technical training, software development and validation, and software architecture design.

For the current positions, ARI is interested in hiring individuals with expertise in software development, distributed systems, and embedded systems as applied to areas such as:

  • Full Stack Web Development (Flask, Django, NodeJS)
  • Edge Device Image/Signal Processing
  • Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence

ARI translates innovation to practice as part of the thriving technology ecosystem at the University of Illinois. Its professional research staff provides translational, multidisciplinary solutions for real-world problems in defense and security, manufacturing and materials, and building science. ARI staff perform research and development leveraging their broad government- and industry-based expertise in algorithm and software development, materials development and characterization, and monitoring, diagnostics, and controls with sensors and data fusion, and workforce training. ARI possesses unique capabilities for open, proprietary, and classified projects and works with collaborators across government, industry, and academia. More information about ARI can be found at http://appliedresearch.illinois.edu/.

Champaign-Urbana is not only the home of a world-class university - it is also a community that supports a comfortable, family-friendly lifestyle, including:
  • very affordable and spacious homes with numerous new building options
  • a maximum 20-minute commute time within Champaign-Urbana
  • plentiful, high quality, and reasonably priced childcare options
  • a strong public-school system with a gifted program, as well as several private options at all levels
  • a wide variety of recreational sports and performing arts engagement opportunities
  • an active regional airport with jet service to hubs in Chicago, Dallas, and Charlotte

For more information, see the following sites that profile our community:
  • Champaign County Visitors Bureau: https://www.visitchampaigncounty.org
  • Champaign County Association of Realtors: http://www.champaigncountyassociationofrealtors.com
  • Champaign County Arts Council (40 North 88 West): http://40north.org

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu.EEO.

Specific duties and responsibilities for each position level include the following:

STAFF SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Work as part of collaborative, interdisciplinary research and development team to architect, design, implement, and test research-based software solutions in a range of application spaces.
  • Translate specifications for software functions into application-specific codes used for research and professional field work.
  • Write detailed supporting documentation including software requirements specifications system architecture specifications, operational requirements specifications, and user interface specifications.
  • Prepare activity reports to monitor progress and track project status.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. Alternate degree fields will be considered if accompanied by equivalent experience, including time spent in relevant internships
  • Experience with data structures, algorithms, and object-oriented programming
  • Strong verbal, listening, and written communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills

Preferred Qualifications
  • 1-3 years software development experience, including time spent in relevant internships
  • Demonstrated proficiency with C, C++, or Python
  • Familiarity with the Test-Driven Development approach
  • Prior experience with git-based version control or comparable (e.g., TFS, SVN)
  • Working knowledge of Agile software development practices
  • Experience with programming for embedded systems
  • Experience with cloud-based architectures and distributed computing

SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with and lead interdisciplinary research and development teams to propose, architect, design, implement, and test research-based software solutions in a range of application spaces.
  • Lead software development teams (including supervising staff, assigning tasks, performance management, etc.).
  • Coordinate the translation of specifications for software functions into application-specific codes used for research and professional field work.
  • Manage software development project planning, and as necessary, prepare activity reports to monitor progress and track project status.
  • Supervise and provide technical and professional mentorship to other software engineers including work assignment and performance management. Implement best practices across research and development software teams.
  • Assemble and finalize detailed supporting documentation including software requirements specifications, system architecture specifications, operational requirements specifications, and user interface specifications.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. Alternate degree fields will be considered if accompanied by equivalent experience, including time spent in relevant internships.
  • 4 or more years of software development experience, including time spent in relevant internships
  • Experience with data structures, algorithms, and object-oriented programming
  • Working knowledge of Agile software development practices
  • Prior experience with git-based version control or comparable (e.g., TFS, SVN)
  • Strong verbal, listening, and written communication skills
  • Strong leadership, research and development team management, analytic and strategic thinking skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's Degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or a related field
  • 5 or more years of software development experience, including time spent in relevant internships
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency with C, C++, or Python
  • Familiarity with the Test-Driven Development approach
  • Proficient in debugging methods and tools (GDB, Address Sanitizer, etc.)
  • Experience developing software components in distributed systems, including research and/or production-quality tools
  • Experience with machine learning programming techniques
  • Experience with programming for embedded systems
  • Experience with cloud-based architectures and distributed computing
  • Ability to convey technical matters in a language understandable to non-researchers/engineers/scientists
  • Ability to translate business requirements into technical requirements, including the ability to identify requirements that mandate further research and development activities
  • Experience writing and developing proposals for external funding from public or private sources

These positions are full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional positions appointed on a 12-month service basis. See https://www.hr.uillinois.edu/benefits for details. The expected start date is as soon as possible based on the business needs of the organization. Salary and position level are commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your cover letter, CV/resume, and names/contact information for three references as a single PDF file by May 12, 2021. Interview and hires may take place prior to the closing date and early applications are encouraged; however, full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Summer Redman at sredman@illinois.edu or 217-300-5400.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit "Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment."

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

College Name or Administrative Unit:

Engineering

Category:

6-Research

Title:

Staff Software Engineer and Senior Software Engineer - Applied Research Institute (142049)

Open Date:

03/01/2021

Close Date:

05/12/2021

Organization Name:

Applied Research Institute



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