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Developer (1 year term), RADD

Job Summary:

Develops, codes, tests, and debugs new software or enhancements to existing software.  Typically works with senior staff, but may coordinate smaller or less complex projects independently.  Designs and implements basic technical solutions ensuring that business needs and requirements are met.  Performs basic system integration tasks. Provides estimation for assigned tasks.

Program Description: The Research Application Design and Development (RADD) Team is the software development unit of the Northwestern University Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH; ISGMH is a university-wide institute dedicated to fostering research that improves the health and wellbeing of the sexual and gender minority communities. It currently has multiple NIH- and foundation-funded studies and actively collaborates with community-based organizations to conduct research and translate findings into interventions. The RADD team develops the innovative technologies and health-based interventions utilized by the ISGMH faculty, their collaborators and tens of thousands of end-users nationwide.

This is a one-year term position with the opportunity for renewal based on performance and funding availability. If interested, please submit a resume, cover letter, a small code sample that includes tests, and why you think this code is interesting.

Specific Responsibilities:

Strategic Planning

  • Participates in the development of new goals and strategies based on interactions with primary user.
  • Develops plans for software deployment on heterogeneous systems.
  • Collaborates with user to develop work flow and best practices.
  • Partners with user in designing features for technology.


  • Responds to customer inquiries via phone, online, in-person, etc.
  • Creates and maintains code documentation.
  • Grants system access to new user.
  • Evaluates feature/upgrade/change requests and recommends action.
  • Participates in interview process for new hires.
  • Identifies database and software performance issues, and makes adjustments.


  • Researches and develops new algorithms and statistical techniques designed for analyzing data based on customer needs.
  • Develops and maintains software infrastructure, via patches, bundles, releases and maintenance packs.
  • Codes software applications adhering to designs supporting internal business requirements or external user.
  • Completes tier 3 troubleshooting.
  • Designs databases and data structures.
  • Prioritizes tasks within project.
  • Meets with business analyst/stakeholder to determine requirements.
  • Opens tickets with vendors.


  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in a major such as computer science, information technology, or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • 2 years relevant experience required.
  • Please see information highlighted in tables below.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Strong ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Effective time management skills
  • Efficient and resourceful in problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures.
  • Good communication skills; demonstrated effective spoken and written communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership of the work, possessing initiative, and good follow-through.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and interest in LGBTQ issues

At Northwestern, we are proud to provide meaningful, competitive, high-quality health care plans, retirement benefits, tuition discounts and more! Visit us at to learn more.

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We support flexible work arrangements where possible and programs to help you locate and pay for quality, affordable childcare and senior/adult care. Visit us at to learn more.

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