Software Engineer @ The University of Chicago - Chicago, IL

Job Overview

a month ago

Software Engineer

The University of Chicago - Chicago, IL


HUM Staff: Div Admin PA - Computing - Academic

About the Department

Since the founding of the University of Chicago in 1892, the departments of the Division of the Humanities at Chicago have set an international standard for humanistic inquiry. The Division's faculty consistently produces pioneering research in the study of language, literature, and culture. The Division of the Humanities comprises approximately eighteen degree-granting programs, with about 900 students from around the world enrolled in our PhD, MFA, and MA programs. Our interdisciplinary centers and programs support faculty and student research interests that range from the civilization of the ancient Near East to the philosophy of mind, from computational linguistics to poetics, from film music to East Asian visual culture. Humanities Computing comprises the staff that provide core technological services to facilitate and support the work of the Division’s faculty, students, and staff.

Job Summary

Humanities Computing is seeking a full time software engineer to help us write, maintain, and operate web applications to meet the Division's administrative and research needs.

Our users are in house, so we design carefully for the long term, not for the next quarter or contract. We have direct relationships with our end users to ensure that our software meets real needs, not just looking good in a slide deck. We are a small team (4-6 people) who control most of our technology stack (from the hardware up). You will not be a cog in a repetitive machine, but rather will have the opportunity to work and develop skills in a range of areas, both on core software expected to last a decade and short experimental projects, greenfield and maintenance, front end user engagement and back end infrastructure.

We expect you to have experience with a web application stack, but not necessarily with ours. Currently we use Ruby on Rails / Ember.js (custom apps), PHP/Drupal/WordPress (public web), Ansible (infrastructure automation), bare metal/VMWare/AWS (compute). We also use additional tech in smaller roles as needed, especially for academic research prototyping. We will provide time and mentoring for you to learn any tech that we use, and you will help us determine how our tech stack evolves in the future.

Humanities Computing is currently eligible to continue hybrid work. We have offices on campus and work approximately Chicago business hours. Remote, hybrid, or onsite options will likely be available for this position.


  • Trains end users, provides public demonstrations, and develops support materials.
  • Coordinates and trains student assistants.
  • Designs new systems, features, and tools. Solves complex problems and identifies opportunities for technical improvement and performance optimization. Reviews and tests code to ensure appropriate standards are met.
  • Acts as a technical consultant and resource for faculty research, teaching, and/or administrative projects.
  • Performs other related 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 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Proficient at designing, writing, testing, deploying, and/or maintaining web applications.
  • Ruby on Rails, EmberJS (or other front end Javascript frameworks), common open source PHP CMSes (especially Drupal and WordPress).
  • MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, or other similar database and caching software.
  • Ansible or other infrastructure automation / configuration management tooling.
  • Virtualized Linux based hosting environments.

Preferred Competencies

  • Switch between roles and adjust to changing priorities quickly.
  • Interest in learning whatever tech a project needs.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Understanding of web application security fundamentals.
  • Comprehension of automated testing or continuous integration fundamentals.
  • Interact directly with end users and explain technical concepts to non-technical staff.
  • Work independently and in a collaborative team environment.

Working Conditions

  • Office environment.
  • Work at computer for hours.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Letter of Interest in position (preferred)
  • Portfolio Link (preferred)

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

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Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Applicant Inquiry Form 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.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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