Research Software Engineer – 01003227

This position provides experienced research software development support for RENCI projects that involve local and national collaborations with academic researchers, state agency subject matter experts, and other computer and computational scientists.

Principal functions:
80% – Software development: Develop new research software for efficient use by internal and external users. Maintain and improve the performance of existing software. Write unit tests for software, perform code reviews, fix bugs, document software, and investigate and experiment approaches to ascertain best approach.

5% – Solicit feedback from users on software improvements and implementations. Clearly and regularly communicate potential software improvements and implementation plans with technical colleagues and management.

5% – Work with researchers and users of software to explain functionality. Prepare informal and formal presentations, demonstrations, examples, and hands-on training sessions in explaining functionality.

10% – Work with RENCI management and staff on project requirements. Attend meetings, articulate alternatives and pros/cons thereof, and contribute to hardware/software/personnel time and resource estimates.

Educational Requirements
Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required; for candidates demonstrating comparable background in academic or research computing management, will accept a relevant undergraduate degree and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution.

Qualifications and Experience
At least two years of professional software development experience. Programming and development skills in Python, Java, Linux, Web Services, Unix Shell Scripts, JSON, XML, and basic Linux System Administration and Sysops. Experience programming Jupyter and using container technologies, e.g., Docker are a plus. Demonstrated ability to develop complex software programs in a team setting using software engineering and agile and best practices for software development. Ability to build collaborative efforts with appropriate departments with flexibility to work on multiple projects. Capacity for self-education. Interdisciplinary study and inquiry. Effective oral and written communication skills. Interpersonal communication, human relations and team building skills. Ability to foster and maintain collaborations with local and national researchers, subject matter experts.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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