University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Information Services / Technology (IT)
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Posted on March 26, 2020
Req #: 177210
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Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 02/24/2020 
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 a Network Engineer in our Network Design and Architecture (NDA) team.

This position designs and leads evaluations of complex network and telecommunications technologies.  The Senior Network Engineer is responsible for looking to the future of network architecture to ensure that UW and its partners and affiliates deploy efficient as well as leading-edge network constructs in support of research, teaching, learning and medicine.  These services are foundational to the missions of the University of Washington and our networking partners.

The NDA team is a key part of the IT Infrastructure division of UW-IT, supporting both wired and wireless networks. We work on networks of varying scales from campus to international - including three University of Washington campuses with associated labs and facilities throughout the region; UW Medicine (3 hospitals and over a dozen clinics across the state); the Washington State K20 Education Network (connecting ~400 school districts); the Pacific Northwest Gigapop, the regional point of presence for research & education networking; the Pacific Wave international R&E peering facility; and the C3 optical ring around Lake Washington. In addition to supporting a variety of network scales, we also design, deploy, and operate partner-owned fiber, DWDM, ethernet services, and third-party circuits.

This position will lead the design and architecture of the Pacific Northwest Gigapop’s evolving network. The Pacific Northwest Gigapop is a nonprofit corporation serving research and education organizations throughout the Pacific Rim; providing access to next-generation internet services and technologies including Cloud providers, exclusive R&D testbeds where tomorrow’s internet technologies are being developed, and to research and education networks and research organizations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, the Pacific Rim, and Europe. This position will lead and support network development and implementation with PNWGP’s partners across the nation and around the world.


We are skilled IT professionals dedicated to the use of technology to support the missions of the University and our partners. We are committed to:

Teamwork, transparency, self-motivation, and individual accountability.

A collaborative workplace that promotes cross-disciplinary interaction.

Agility, responsiveness, and iterative means of delivering strategic value sooner.

Self-directed time for learning, innovation, and professional development.

Effective use of tools and processes to free people to do what they do best.

A healthy work/life balance, where our best work happens in a 40-hour work week.


By applying for the position, you are telling us:

That you are a successful network engineer with six or more years of experience designing and deploying advanced, large-scale, critical, high-volume networks.

You have relevant industry experience with National Research and Education Network (NREN) organizations – specialized Internet service providers dedicated to supporting the needs of the research and education communities, building high-quality network connectivity and related services by connecting campuses and institutions to each other using high-speed unconstrained capacity, as well as enabling production-quality connectivity to the commercial Internet.

You have relevant industry experience developing Cloud strategies and suitable network architectures.

You believe in open engagement, dialog, clear communication, trust, and respect as the foundations for effective partnerships.

You are driven to understand the needs of our community and are able to translate for 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.

This role requires an entrepreneurial spirit, agile mindset and desire to influence the evolution of the services we provide.

This Network Engineer has three primary roles:
Network Architecture and Design
Project Lead
This network engineer reports to the Director of Networks and Telecommunications Design.


  • Bachelor’s Degree Computer Science, engineering, telecommunications, technology business administration.
  • Six or more years’ experience architecting, designing, and deploying advanced, large-scale, high-volume and reliable networks that is inclusive of both physical, logical and as well as software-defined networking constructs.
  • Experience as a lead network engineer in a major national or international production network environment.
  • Relevant industry experience with National Research and Education Networks.
  • Strong expertise with a variety of cloud constructs as they relate to network infrastructure requirements both in support of the network itself as well as network users accessing cloud resources.
  • Identification, creation and deployment of virtualization and automation constructs to increase efficiency and reliability and decrease costs.
  • Track record of successful, increased responsibility and decision making; successful design and deployment of major, large-scale leading-edge network constructs inclusive of automation and virtualization technologies.
  • Track record of successful evaluation and proof-of-concept of leading edge network technologies and tools.

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


  • Experience in a major higher education, research, and/or medical/healthcare organization.
  • Collaborates and partners with customers and coworkers to identify, evaluate and resolve complex network problems or service needs.
  • Focuses on results by setting and achieving goals.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and personal interaction abilities.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply new technologies.
    Proven record of:
    continuous learning
    creating strong and supportive team relationships
    commitment to customers
    strategic & innovative thinking with the ability to create vision
    openness and dedication
    honesty and trustworthiness
    ability to mentor and coach; make decisions
    Excellent time management skills
    Demonstrated project and organizational skills
    Demonstrates continual professional development
  • Excellent written/oral communication skills, technical documentation skills, user liaison skills and personal interaction abilities
  • ITIL Foundations 3 certification
  • Prior experience using ServiceNow, Atlassian Confluence and JIRA, O365, Google Suite
  • Software coding tools & practices such as Agile, DevOps, Python, Ansible, Django, github, Containers


    This professional position requires the employee to fulfill the requirements of the job. This may entail occasional situations where work outside of standard work days is required to meet deadlines or respond to emergency situations.

    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