1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 174392
Appointing Department Web Address: http://www.washington.edu/uwit/employment/
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 11/26/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

If you would like to find out more about what it is like to work for UW-IT, as well as to get a feel for our culture and our people, visit us at our employment website.  

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.

UW-IT is the central IT organization for the University of Washington, providing critical technology support to all three campuses, UW medical centers and global research operations. UW-IT collaborates with University partners to advance teaching, learning, innovation and discovery at the UW.

UW-IT has an outstanding full time opportunity for an experienced Python developer.

UW-IT is seeking a Python developer to join our Identity and Access Management (IAM) team. This position will help us deliver IAM services that meet the needs of our community today, while promoting confidence, choice, and innovation in meeting the needs of tomorrow. Current faculty, staff, students, and researchers need safe, reliable, day-to-day access to resources and infrastructure around the world, while future scholars may benefit from digital identities that they bring and control themselves, with verifiable credentials about their academic activities and achievements at the UW. Our developers are critical contributors to both endeavors, and they can take pride in sustaining the open development of the Internet for research and education.


By applying for the position, you are telling us:
  • Your passion for software development is matched by a strong interest in the use of IAM and digital identity to advance the mission of the UW.
  • You believe in open engagement, dialog, clear communication, trust, and respect as the foundations to effective partnerships.
  • You are driven to understand others and ask yourself questions like "What are their needs?" and "What are they trying to do?"
  • Your decisions are guided by vision, informed by data and process, and driven by a desire to make things work better.
  • You are motivated to work in higher education, at a public institution, and, more specifically, at the UW.

    The position also benefits from an agile mindset and a desire to influence the evolution of our software development and operational (DevOps) practices.


    This position is responsible for the design, development, integration, operations, and maintenance of custom-built, open source, and commercial software. This position collaborates with other developers and technical leads to continually improve our development and operational practices in order to ensure agility, reliability, performance, and recoverability of our services. Consulting with customers and partners, and participating in higher education and IAM industry activities, are also part of the job. Our developers collaborate with team members and stakeholders to align our service strategies, designs, and operations with broader University goals. Customer satisfaction is our shared responsibility, and we strive for it every day, together.


    Our developers enjoy a variety of daily activities that have an impact on teammates and customers. On a typical day you might:
  • Develop a new feature in a Django web application for users to self-identify the pronouns they go by.
  • Customize a monitor for a production app in Google Kubernetes Engine to automate alerting and troubleshooting.
  • Diagnose the root cause of a production problem and discuss a proposed fix with teammates.
  • Discuss a new use of Python Flask with teammates to ensure consensus on the approach.
  • Deploy a production change to Identity.UW software using Git and Travis CI.
  • Attend a forum for developers where today's discussion topic involves containers, Kubernetes, and cloud-native architectures.
  • Submit a pull request for some code and documentation you're contributing to an open source project.

  • Bachelors Degree in computer science, informatics, mathematics, information science, business administration, or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Four years experience performing progressively more complex and responsible tasks involving development and operations of enterprise software applications and services. Experience programming in Python with a related Web application framework like Django.
  • Experience within a software development lifecycle.
  • Experience with source code management and tools like GitHub.
  • Familiar with scalable and reliable software systems.
  • Familiar with secure design and coding practices.
  • Familiar with Linux.
  • Familiar with other object-oriented languages like Java.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication and technical documentation skills and user interaction ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and apply new technologies and skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • An effective team player who enjoys collaboration.

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


  • Experience in DevOps practices.
  • Experience with cloud platforms like GCP, AWS, and/or Azure.
  • Experience with Docker containers and Kubernetes.
  • Experience consuming and/or implementing RESTful APIs.
  • Experience developing frontend web applications using Javascript frameworks like Angular or React.
  • Familiar with continuous integration tools like Travis CI.
  • Familiar with server configuration and build automation tools like Ansible.
  • Familiar with relational and/or NoSQL databases like PostgreSQL and Elasticsearch.
  • Familiar with messaging services like Amazon SNS/SQS.
  • Familiar with large scale technical projects in large, complex environments.
  • Knowledge of TCP/IP networking concepts and related technologies like TLS and load balancers.
  • Knowledge of IAM technologies used in research and education communities like Shibboleth, Grouper, midPoint, SAML, OIDC, InCommon, eduGAIN, eduPerson, and ORCID.
  • Familiar with IAM capabilities (e.g. identity registration, credential management, access governance, provisioning, authentication, single sign-on, federation).
  • Knowledge of software test methodologies and automation tools.
  • Familiar with open source software development.
  • Experience in a major research University setting.


    Work in an open office environment. This position involves responsibilities and occasional situations where work outside of standard business hours is required to respond to incidents or to meet critical deadlines. Work in an open office environment.

    This is an essential position and is required to report to work remotely when UW suspends operations.

    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 Work 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.


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

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