Carnegie Mellon University's Simon Initiative accelerates the success of the university's educational-technology ecosystem. Central to this work is an approach called Learning Engineering: the use of learning research and the affordances of technology to design and deliver innovative, instrumented educational practices. These innovations improve outcomes while simultaneously generating data to refine and advance theory, fueling a virtuous cycle of research and practice. The Initiative encompasses a broad array of faculty, researchers, technologists, expertise centers/organizations, and associated projects, expertise services, technologies, innovations, and research.
We are seeking a front-end software engineer to develop, extend, and scale our web-based learning environment. This is an excellent opportunity if you thrive in an interesting and challenging work environment. The Open Learning Initiative builds rich, interactive, and effective online courses for use in higher education. Join our team and build creative new applications for course authoring, content management, workflow automation, assessment and learning analytics.
Core responsibilities will include:
Design, implement, test and maintain the OLI web-based learning environment. Build scalable solutions using current generation web technologies. Track issues and tasks using bug tracking and project management software. Perform detailed quality assurance testing of all work products. Provide targeted contributions to back-end development as needed.
Analyze feature requests to determine feasibility and system compatibility. Collaborate with software engineers, learning scientists, course developers, domain experts, visual designers and usability specialists to define software requirements.
Support user issues related to the system or application performance and availability. Troubleshoot and resolve problems; communicate resolutions to help desk team.
May need to be on-call during off hours and respond to Tier 2 support issues or system outages.
You should have a team-oriented approach. Adaptability, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within The Simon Initiative. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners with a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.
**Please note this is a fixed term position, dependent on funding and anticipated to last through summer of 2018.
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or related area required; Master's degree preferred
One or more years of industry experience building web applications using a modern technology stack, particularly React + TypeScript
Additional Skills and Experience:
Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.
Job Function: Information Technology
Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh
Time Type: Full Time
Organization: PROVOST'S OFFICE
Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
Budgeted Base Pay: $43,000 - $75,000 / year
Internal Number: 2006984
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.