Software Developer

The University of Chicago · Chicago, IL

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BSD - IPPH Programming and Marketing

About the Department

The newly created Institute for Population and Precision Health (IPPH), located in the Biological Sciences Division, will integrate a wide spectrum of factors such as human health behaviors, environmental factors, social and economic factors, policies and genetic determinants of health, into studies focused on the treatment and prevention of disease, as well as the maintenance of wellness. Leveraging and integrating the University of Chicago’s considerable institutional strength in population science with research spanning diverse fields such as genetic medicine, cancer epidemiology, microbiome, and epigenomics, the Institute will have the common goal of improving human health outcomes. Another major goal of the Institute will be to develop a new multidisciplinary training program to equip researchers with emerging tools and methods to conduct precision health research within a population health framework. Our faculty lead research projects in biostatistics, epidemiology and health services research and participate in interdisciplinary teams with faculty in other departments to address complex problems in health and healthcare, in our communities and around the globe.This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.

Job Summary

The job performs routine assignments related to software support and/or development. Provides analysis, design, development, debugging, and modification of computer code for end user applications, beta general releases, web pages, and production support. Troubleshoots problems using existing procedures to find a possible solution.



  • The main responsibility includes work on next-generation study management system, written in Python, Django, PostgreSQL, and JavaScript. You will be expected to work with the development team to maintain existing code, write tests, and write new code for features on the roadmap. This project is relatively 'greenfield', so expect significant autonomy in your work, along with mentorship from the senior developers on the team.
  • You will be expected to contribute to any new projects, especially once the study management system is feature-complete.
  • Investigates and resolves day-to-day technical problems using standard procedures.
  • Works with stakeholders to gather and analyze requirements for developmental programs. Receives a moderate/high level of guidance to design applications to meet University and business requirements.
  • Performs code testing on components and works to ensure that appropriate implementation standards are met.
  • Supports and maintains existing applications. Works with web developers and responds to requests from users.
  • 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 < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.




Preferred Qualifications



  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field



  • Experience working in software development


Preferred Competencies

  • Some proficiency in the JavaScript language.
  • Some proficiency in consuming and creating JavaScript-based APIs.
  • Some proficiency in React.
  • Some proficiency in Docker and Docker Compose
  • A desire to help others and an interest in public health, especially around health disparities and advancing racial equity
  • Strong proficiency in the Python language
  • Willingness to develop deep proficiency in Django.
  • Willingness to adopt a test-heavy development workflow
  • Some experience consuming and creating Python-based APIs.
  • Some experience working with a SQL database, including all CRUD operations.
  • Some experience working with Git


Working Conditions

  • Remote office setting


Application Documents

  • Resume (required)
  • Cover Letter (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

FLSA Status


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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