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Software Engineer 2 - Center for Data Science

Apply now Job no: 511691
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Computer Science
Union: PSU
Categories: Computer & Information Technology

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Under the general direction of the Executive Director of the Center for Data Science, responsible for the design, installation and maintenance of systems software, utilities and enhancements to support the research developments in the Center for Data Science (CDS).


Essential Functions

  • Design, implement and maintain advanced information retrieval systems, text extraction systems and machine learning systems.
  • Supervise coding, debugging, and documentation of programs to implement software system capabilities.
  • Carry out research experiments in association with faculty members.
  • Assist in writing reports and articles.
  • Interact with industrial partners to facilitate technology transfer.


Other Functions

  • Perform related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, College, or University goals and objectives. 
  • Understand responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behave in ways consistent both with law and with University policy.
  • Contribute toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.  Provide professional and helpful customer service to colleagues, partners, students, and the university community.
  • Understand and contribute to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that supports diversity.
  • Use access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercise care to prevent unnecessary disclosures.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field and at least four (4) years of relevant professional experience. One (1) year of experience may be substituted per one (1) year of required academia.
  • Programming skills in Python, preferably honed in a professional environment.
  • Ability to program using UNIX, Networks and shell scripts.
  • Demonstrated experience with building software systems.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively, and create and maintain harmonious relationships with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Ability to work both independently and to be part of an effective team with a highly cooperative and collaborative work style.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to write concisely, express thoughts clearly, and develop ideas in a logical sequence.
  • Independent initiative. Must have the ability to stay on task and work productively with a minimum amount of supervision or guidance.     
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with the ability to complete assignments in a timely manner, balancing the demands of concurrent and potentially competing projects.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality as required.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science of related field. 
  • Experience in one or more of the following: information retrieval, natural language processing, computer vision, text and information extraction processing, and database systems.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment.


Additional Details

This is a two-year, grant-funded position. Continuation of this appointment is contingent upon the availability of funding.


Work Schedule

37.5 hours per week


Salary Information

Salary Level 28

PSU Salary Ranges


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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