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University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104
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Req #: 172781
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 10/02/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for six consecutive years. 

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network has an outstanding opportunity for a Software Engineer to support our real-time seismic monitoring projects. 

PNSN monitors earthquakes in the states of Washington and Oregon for public safety and scientific research.  We operate about 450 remote seismic stations throughout the region. Data from these remote sites are transmitted to the UW continuously in real time to our processing and alerting center at the UW Seattle. The data are processed through several applications to provide a series of products, including real-time warnings of imminent shaking (called ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning), earthquake locations and sizes, distribution of strong shaking, and raw data archived for scientific and engineering studies.  The Software Engineer position is critical for further development and testing of our real-time processing and analysis codes, as well as programs to improve system health monitoring.

The successful applicant will work within a small team of scientists, software engineers, and computer specialists at PNSN and with ShakeAlert developers at partner institutions: CalTech, UC Berkeley, and the USGS. An exciting challenge for the Software Engineer is to work within a real-time and continuous production framework.


Create and implement software solutions to turn experimental research methods into high-performance, production-ready code.

Redesign and refactor existing code to improve efficiency, operability, and performance while maintaining high-quality and reproducible results.

Enforce and assure the quality of software products  through the use of continuous integration, automated unit testing, code versioning, and code coverage tools.

Help to develop and follow a system of APIs, including RESTful web services and C++ libraries, to enable greater efficiency.

Technical writing, to document code for other developers as well as write user documentation.

Maintain, update, and monitor operational software.

Determine appropriate tools to use, including languages, frameworks, data structures, data stores.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.


Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, a quantitative Science, or equivalent
AND At least three years of professional software development in an operational environment.

Fluency in Python
Fluency in C/C++
Ability to work as part of a team to plan, organize, and execute technical projects
Familiarity with the development to deployment workflow using agile methodologies, continuous integration, code reviews, and test environments.
Ability to work with legacy code
Unix/Linux skills including scripting
Database application development
Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, flexibility, strong communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, energetic, highly creative, environment

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.


Experience with real-time data flow and 24/7 operational requirements.
Experience with cloud infrastructure and software deployments
Solid math or physics skills
Experience in scientific software packages such as scipy, pandas, and numpy, sklearn, tensorflow, or interest in learning them.
Familiarity with Java
Familiarity with Javascript
Familiarity with Django or similar framework.
Familiarity with Machine Learning workflows
Experience with PostgreSQL
Interest in Earth Science and Earthquake Early Warning and near real-time algorithms

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.


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Posted: 2019-12-05 Expires: 2020-02-02

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