Research IT support is critical to the success of the diverse research community represented at Vanderbilt. The Research Software Engineer has a broad range of capabilities, a tenacity for the academic environment, and a willingness to learn new technologies. The VU-RITS Office aims to provide the research community with support in a variety of ways. The office offers support of software, web-based, data science, and analytic needs in order to enhance research outcomes. Areas of support include but are not limited to data science, business, humanities, education, engineering, social sciences, and basic sciences. This also includes software development and maintenance, web application development and support, as well as data analytics and visualizations.
The Vanderbilt University Research IT Service Office is a new trans-institutional service center that was launched through the office of the Vice Provost for Research. The goals of the service are to support data-intensive research at Vanderbilt, and to launch new training tracks related to research IT. Organizationally, the service falls under the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
Duties and Responsibilities
Engineering and/or software design, implementation, analysis, maintenance or experimentation, as directed by team leader / lead research engineer.
Assist with modeling and analysis of discipline-specific problems.
Assist with the development and maintenance of discipline-specific software systems and/or engineering tools to support project and research goals.
Adhere to existing and develop/recommend new technical standards.
Prepare technical documentation for work products of project.
Maintain familiarity and build expertise with emerging technologies and techniques related to project and research goals.
Effective delivery of technical progress reports/presentations in written and/or oral forms to project research staff and faculty.
Communicate regularly, effectively and professionally with Principal Investigator and research team.
Share research knowledge, product and research processes with Principal Investigator and research team.
Co-author papers and help with grant proposals.
Ability to present information in a classroom setting
Communicate and present how-to and introductory workshops to a broad audience in an effective manner
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary
A Master's degree or PhD from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred
Experience in research environment is highly preferred.
Effective communication and technical writing skills are necessary.
Skills in basic software system development is necessary.
Understanding of software engineering methodologies and software project management is necessary.
Ability to problem solve, debug, and troubleshoot while under pressure and time constraints is necessary.
Experience with performance tuning of software systems constraints is necessary.
Ability to design, implement, test, document, and maintain software constraints is necessary.
Understanding of multiple data structures and analysis techniques, e.g., SQL, CouchDB, MongoDB, R, and others is necessary.
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university's students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of "America's Best Large Employers" and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2019 (Forbes).
About Vanderbilt Benefits
Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.
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About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.