Senior Computing Specialist

University Of Washington Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 2 months ago

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 Information Technology 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.

Academic Experience Design & Delivery (AXDD), a unit within UW-IT, advances teaching, learning, research, and clinical work by investigating computing trends and identifying user needs in order to implement and support the latest technology solutions and applications for communication and collaboration, instruction, productivity, and risk management. These applications are used by students, faculty, staff, researchers, clinicians, and external partners.

In addition, AXDD collaborates with campus partners on key university initiatives to develop new products and services that meet student needs. For example, AXDD currently partners with UW advising units to provide predictive analytics applications that assist with student retention and success initiatives. AXDD is an open, ethical, highly-engaged and collaborative community based on trust, transparency, and mutual respect. We believe in the importance of quality of life, embracing diversity, making a difference and having fun.

UW-IT has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Computing Specialist.

The Senior Computing Specialist (SCS) will work collaboratively with other engineers to design, develop, test, document, and maintain a suite of enterprise, high-availability web applications, web services, and data science infrastructure for use in teaching, learning, research, and collaboration by all members of the University of Washington community.


Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or Informatics or related field or experience.

Minimum 3 years' experience designing, developing, testing, and maintaining enterprise software applications and web services for a horizontally scalable, clustered environment.

Experience developing and testing Python-based applications within a continuous-delivery process.

Experience designing, developing, deploying, and maintaining high concurrency Web-based applications, using cloud platforms such as GCP, Azure and AWS.

Experience triaging issues in complex systems and creating supporting documentation for both technical and non-technical staff.

Demonstrated excellent written/oral communication skills, technical documentation skills, user liaison skills, and personal interaction abilities.

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


Experience designing, developing, testing, deploying, and maintaining RESTful Web services.

Experience with web development tools, including JQuery, AJAX, JSON, CSS.

Experience working with relational databases, especially MySQL, MS SQL and PostgreSQL.

Excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills.

Experience in providing technology consulting and training.

Experience setting up automation for testing and deployment frameworks.

Experience with administration of Unix/Linux systems.

Experience designing, developing, or deploying stress-testing and profiling applications for Web-based software.

Experience working within a user-centered design process.

Experience working in an iterative, agile development process.

Knowledge of IT accessibility issues for users with disabilities; familiarity with accessibility standards and best practices; experience testing for accessibility; and demonstrated ability to design content/applications with accessibility considerations.


While the general working hours are within Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm, the position has a great deal of scheduling and location flexibility to help the SCS manage non-work commitments. The SCS at times must be willing to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of colleagues and partners.

Events that will occur outside the normal work schedule include, but are not limited to, impromptu staff meetings, client consultations, and system modifications. This position has regular stringent deadlines revolving around the academic calendar that may require extended work hours. The position also requires 24x7 on-call support to handle urgent issues and incidents.

We encourage SCS applicants to apply even if they do not feel they satisfy all of the skills listed above; we understand that it will take some time for the successful applicant to strengthen technical skills where needed, to learn about the many UW-IT, campus, and vendor collaborators, and to develop an understanding of the UW technical environment itself. The SCS will join a supportive team that will partner with them in these efforts.

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

This position is eligible for flexible remote work

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.

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