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SOFTWARE ENGINEER

University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on January 26, 2020
Req #: 164092
Department: COMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 01/25/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education 
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 five consecutive years. 

The Center for Game Science seeks a Software Engineer for the development of web-based games to develop a world-wide scale scientific-discovery community centered around neuroscience. At the core of the project is a citizen science game that aims to develop new neuroscience experts capable of quickly reconstructing neural structures. The aim of our project is to speed up the discovery process in neuroscience by a factor of ten.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
This position is responsible for the development of serious games for the Center for Game Science, in service of research projects focusing on learning and scientific discovery.
- Design and implement software for release that is robust, usable, and scalable. Evaluate and select appropriate technologies to support requirements at all levels, including but not limited to networking, server back-end, and user interfaces.
- Work alongside domain experts to ensure the validity of the learning and scientific approaches used in games.
- Organize the release and distribution of games to make them available to the public.
- Maintain and update existing games after their release to the public. Interact with players and respond to their feedback.
- Rapidly develop prototypes of games or other applications for evaluation during projects’ early brainstorm phases.
- Interact with game designers to implement designs. Determine the most effective methods for implementation of high-level designs.
- Work with artists to integrate art into games. Communicate technical requirements for art to be used in games.
- Gather and analyze data from games, including running statistical analyses and creating data visualizations.
- Assist in creation of figures, text, and videos for publications and dissemination.
- Perform related duties as required, including demonstrating games in public settings.

REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field AND 4+ years’ experience programming with object-oriented design, system architecture and design, user interface design and evaluation.
- Demonstrated ability to release quality products on schedule.
- Must have excellent communication and documentation skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work both in an interdisciplinary team and independently.
- Fast turnaround times and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
- Ability to multitask and work with multiple teams simultaneously.

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

DESIRED EXPERIENCE
- Journal or conference publications
- Prior work experience in an academic research setting
- Passion for video games
- Experience in game design
- Strong math skills
- JSON and XML experience
- Proficiency in Actionscript 3, C#, and/or C/C++
- Agile workflow experience
- Flash game development experience
- Mobile phone development experience

Condition of Employment:
Discharge of these responsibilities will require a flexible work schedule. Emergency problem resolution for critical services may occasionally be necessary in evenings or on weekends, particularly around major outreach events or academic publication deadlines.
This position is contingent on adequate funding being available for the Center.

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

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.