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Associate Developer

Chicago, Illinois Northwestern University


– Bachelor’s Degree

– PostgreSQL
– Time Management

Completes maintenance on existing software products. Assists in developing code, tests and debugging new software or making enhancements to existing software. Writes programs according to specifications from senior staff. Perform basic system integration tasks.

The Research Application Design and Development (R) Team is the software development unit of the Northwestern University Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH; *********************************** ISGMH is a university-wide institute dedicated to fostering research that improves the health and wellbeing of the sexual and gender minority communities. It currently has multiple NIH- and foundation-funded studies and actively collaborates with community-based organizations to conduct research and translate findings into interventions. The R team develops the innovative technologies and health-based interventions utilized by the ISGMH faculty, their collaborators and tens of thousands of end-users nationwide.

This is a 2-year term position with the opportunity for renewal based on performance and funding availability. If interested, please submit a resume, cover letter, a small code sample that includes tests, and why you think this code is interesting.

Specific Responsibilities:
Strategic Planning

Collaborates with user to develop work flow and best practices.
Assists in all stages of the project, starting from the initial planning stages.

Responds to inquiries via phone, online, in-person, etc.
Creates and maintains software/process/support documentation.
Routes more complex requests for features/upgrades/changes to appropriate senior staff/management.
Participates in team/project meetings.
Identifies database and software performance issues and makes adjustments.

Assists with design, development, and maintenance.
Tests and debugs software.
Writes programs according to specifications from senior staff.
Codes software applications adhering to designs that support internal business requirements or external user.
Competes tier 3 troubleshooting.
Develops reports.
Prioritizes assigned tasks.
Opens help tickets with vendors.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in a major such as computer science, information technology, or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
No experience required.
Infrastructure: SQL/MySQL/Postgres
Programming Languages and Frameworks: CSS; HTML 5; JavaScript; RubyOnRails
Analytical: critical thinking; data modeling; decision making; judgment; problem solving; Troubleshooting; use-case analysis
Project: Code documentation; collaboration and teamwork; functional documentation; iterative & incremental development; organizational skills; planning
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

Strong ability to prioritize tasks.
Effective time management skills
Efficient and resourceful in problem-solving.
Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures.
Good communication skills; demonstrated effective spoken and written communication.
Demonstrated ability to take ownership of the work, possessing initiative, and good follow-through.

Preferred Qualifications:
Knowledge and interest in LGBTQ issues

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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