University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on July 10, 2020
Req #: 180623
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 07/10/2020 
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.  

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 Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) is a national center for advanced science and engineering research and development and education.  APL-UW was formed in 1943 for the U.S.  Navy to bring university research resources to bear on urgent WWII defense problems. APL-UW has developed an international reputation for its broad based programs in science, engineering and for designing, building, and deploying the advanced technology required to meet the research needs of numerous government and commercial sponsors. With modern facilities, equipment and over 350 talented researchers and staff, APL-UW provides a unique, dynamic work environment with many opportunities.

APL has an outstanding full time opportunity for a Software Test Engineer.

The Software Test Engineer will be an integral member of a six person software development team that builds state of the art –real time applications used for a long running, mission critical US Navy shipboard data collection program.


The successful candidate will be responsible for all phases of software testing from development through final release. The candidate will need to closely work with individual developers and the team to create effective test plans and strategies as well as clearly communicate test results and software issues as they arise.  The candidate will work with developers to perform exploratory testing of newly implemented features to provide early feedback in the development process.  System-wide testing will require coordinating with the entire team to effectively fully test the system to uncover bugs and issues before releasing to the customer.  Must develop a deep understanding of the code architecture, requirements and system concept of operations in order to conduct exploratory testing in an attempt to find bugs and investigate system performance.  Will be responsible for creating, documenting and conducting formal test procedures with developers at APL and the customer to ensure implemented features match formal documented requirements. Will be responsible for formally documenting test results in reports and a bug database and presenting them to the team during weekly calls and periodic program reviews.  

The candidate will also propose new test tools and methods to the team and help implement them in order to improve the overall test process and coverage.  The testing of services and User Interfaces will require the use of various simulators, software log reports, and analysis of recorded media through the use of in-house test tools.  The successful candidate must have good skills at discovering the root cause of software issues, understand how to replicate them and communicate the issues with the developers to allow issues to be quickly resolved.

Software Testing

-Work as integral member of the software development team to test new features as they are being created, as well as regression testing to make sure new features to not introduce bugs in other parts of the system.

-Perform formal release testing of full system functionality before releases are made to the customer in order to identify issues early before the system is fielded to operations

Reporting and documenting

-Create formal test documentation and procedures

-Create formal test reports and use bug tracking system as part of the release process.

Tools and Process Development

-Propose and then implement new tools and procedures to improve the quality and coverage of the testing performed.

-Research third part tools that can be used to improve the test process.


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or similar field. Equivalent experience can substitute for degree requirement.

  • At least three years of experience in Java software application development.

  • Understanding of software development process.

  • Java Programming experience.

  • Linux systems operation experience.

  • User Interface development experience.

  • Demonstrated success working independently and as part of a team, and interacting cooperatively with people to solve problems effectively.

  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills, including:
    -Documentation - to maintain and expand system procedures and configuration control.
    -Attention to detail - to ensure the testing is performed is in a repeatable and consistent manner.
    -Communication skills - to support all members of the team on a daily basis and to be able to effectively work in high pressure situations quickly troubleshooting systems in collaboration with all members of the team.
    -Time management – to effectively prioritize diverse task list and operational needs of the team.

  • Experience with Software Revision Control systems.

  • Experience with collaborative bug tracking systems.

  • Must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

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


  • Current possession of an active Department of Defense security clearance.       

  • Experience with Software Requirements Analysis.

  • Experience with automated software test tools.

  • Experience with system and application performance monitoring tools.

  • Familiarity with software engineering process.

  • Familiarity with Unix network configuration.


    May be subject to successful completion of E-Verify process.

    Application Process:
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  • 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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    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