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University of Chicago Sr. Software Engineer (Front-End) in Chicago, Illinois


RINL Globus Software Engineering & Operations

About the Department

Globus ( delivers software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) products that support data-intensive research at non-profit institutions and commercial enterprises around the world. Our services are used by over 100,000 researchers to manage data throughout the research lifecycle. We operate as a sustainable, non-profit organization within The University of Chicago. We have offices located at 401 North Michigan Ave., in the heart of downtown Chicago, and Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago’s western suburbs.

Job Summary

As a senior member of the Globus engineering team, reporting to the Software Development Manager, this position will be the technical lead of operations and development for the Globus web applications team. An experienced front-end programmer who speaks fluent JavaScript, HTML 5, and CSS 3, and has experience with backend services, will work with a team of developers and designers building out the Globus web interfaces and applications. With knowledge of accessibility, AWS and the Linux environment, including activities relating to software engineering and support, analysis, design, development and debugging.


  • Architecture and Design - lead and/or participate in the definition and documentation of requirements, architecture and design of complex systems, based on knowledge of relevant software technologies being developed and/or used in commercial and scientific communities.
  • Software Development - develop, test, document, deploy and maintain high-quality software. Maintain and develop Globus web application (current application is ember.js application).
  • Support - work in close collaboration with the Globus front line support and professional services teams, and directly with end users, to provide technical support services.
  • Research - participate in and contribute to research efforts related to the software, including collecting and analyzing data, and writing research papers for journals or conferences.
  • Team Coordination and Professional Development - maintain a working knowledge of relevant software technologies being developed and/or used in scientific and commercial communities. Participate in team coordination and development activities, including project planning, project reporting, technical presentations, recruitment, training new staff, and mentoring junior software developers and students.
  • 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 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 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or another relevant computer related field, or at least six years of professional programming experience.
  • Advanced degree in computer science or another relevant computer related field.


  • 5+ years of professional experience in software engineering and delivering large scale systems.
  • 3+ years of developing, implementing, debugging, and web-based applications with JavaScript, HTML and CSS.
  • Working knowledge of at least one JavaScript framework (e.g. AngularJS, Backbone.js, Ember.js) and some templating library (e.g. Handlebars.js, Mustache).
  • Understanding of other major JavaScript libraries (e.g. D3.js, jQuery, Moment.js).
  • Practice of Node.js-based build, development, and packaging tools (e.g. Bower, Broccoli, Express, Grunt, npm).
  • Participation with unit and integration testing tools (e.g. PhantomJS, QUnit, Test’em).
  • Involvement with a distributed version control system (e.g. Git, Mercurial).

Preferred Competencies

  • Web security technologies (e.g. SSL/TLS, OAuth2, OpenID Connect and PKI).
  • HTTP servers (e.g., Apache, NGINX).
  • REST services.
  • Linux.
  • Contributing to an open source project.
  • Shell scripting (e.g., Bash).
  • Agile (e.g. Scrum) development processes.
  • Cloud Computing (e.g. AWS, Azure, Google Cloud).
  • Team/technical lead or project owner skills.
  • Exposure to fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures of software development.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Use standard software development applications and tools.
  • Prioritize and manage workload to meet critical project milestones and deadlines.
  • Work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Attention to detail.
  • 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

  • Work on a flexible schedule, which will include occasional late night and/or weekend hours.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Resume/CV of the application.

Job Family

Information Technology

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled*_ Weekly Hours_*


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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  • Posted Yesterday
  • Full time
  • JR09420