Senior Software Engineer

Senior Software Engineer, Perl, Python, opensource, SQL
Full Time
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Job Description


Job Title: Senior Software Engineer

Supervisor Title: Team Lead, Educational Technology Development & Systems

Department:     Tufts Technology Services

Please complete your application on job number 17001771


Department Summary

Viewing technology in the context of work, scholarship and campus life, Tufts Technology Services (TTS) is a university-wide service organization committed to delivering technology services that support Tufts’ mission of teaching, learning, research, and service. Understanding that IT enables innovation, TTS prioritizes holistic, human-centered design strategies to create timely and intuitive services, applications and tools that differentiate the Tufts experience.


Across our diverse and creative teams, we engage and focus our collective talent to strengthen Tufts’ strategic IT capabilities. To keep pace with our community’s emerging needs, we continue to evolve our competencies across four main families of practice, including Planning and Design, Service Delivery and Operations, Data Strategy, and Academic Technology.


Thinking and acting strategically with technology occurs through strong partnerships and an engaged community. Additionally, for technologies to take on integral meaning to our work, we also need reliable and consistent support in using them. With staff across all of Tufts’ campuses, as well as a 24x7 IT Service Desk, we collaborate with schools and divisions to meet the demands of a global, mobile community and to enable the broadest possible access.


Come join our collaborative, flexible work environment, where leadership is valued at all levels of the organization, and opportunities abound to work with leading technologies and learn new skills.


Job Summary

Reporting directly to the Team Lead, Educational Technology Development & Systems, the Senior Software Engineer, under minimal supervision, develops, implements and tests application software. As part of the multidisciplinary ETS Technology Services Team, the Senior Software Engineer works on a range of complex projects as a team member or project lead. They are responsible for developing and extending software and services that enhance teaching, learning, research, and collaboration across the university, with a particular focus on health sciences education.


This position will play a critical role in the university’s move to our Next Generation Learning Management system including developing the integration or replacement of web applications specific to health sciences education. The senior software engineer builds applications based on specifications and contributes to all aspects of application development, including architecture, automated test development, and deployment.



Essential Functions:      

Software development

  • Works with an interdisciplinary team to develop and enhance academic technology applications, including Web-based services that support teaching and learning within the Tufts Health Sciences community.
  • Translates requirements gathered from clients into use case scenarios, functional specifications, and application architecture designs.
  • Participates in the analysis, design, full-stack development, and delivery of technology-based teaching and learning solutions that meet functional, technical, and UX requirements, while ensuring processes are upheld throughout the application development lifecycle.
  • Devises testing methodologies for validation of functionality and performance, and assists with quality assurance and testing of applications and services developed.   
  • Responsible for assessing and making decisions as to the best technological solutions to apply to different situations.
  • Creates documentation for developers, service maintainers, and customers.
  • Identifies means of integrated technical support requirements with enterprise processes and strategies.
  • Leverage existing APIs and integration protocols to design and build integrations between third-party tools, locally developed tools, and university systems. 90%

Other duties

  • Participates actively in Tufts Technology Services and ETS staff events and meetings, including regular meetings with project teams for each application or service.
  • Proactively tracks own work, communicating with colleagues, clients, and supervisor to enable steady progress toward goals, re-prioritizing in dialogue with supervisor as needed.10%

This description is not intended to be all-inclusive.

Employee may perform other duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.


Minimum Required Experience, Education, Background, And Certifications/Licenses


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and 5+ years of related work experience.
  • 3+ years of experience developing stable and highly usable web-based applications.
  • Experience with SQL and Schema design.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to manage multiple, concurrent tasks.
  • Flexibility, and the ability to work effectively in a dynamic, collaborative environment.
  • Resourcefulness in approaching new software engineering challenges.

Additional Preferred Experience, Education, etc. 

  • Experience with Perl/Mason strongly preferred.
  • Experience with the following languages: JavaScript/JQuery, Python/Django.
  • Experience with Git.
  • Experience with JIRA and Confluence.
  • Experience with API-based integration, IMS LTI.
  • Experience with open source software.

Posted By

Sheethal Surrendran


Dice Id : RTL941989
Position Id : 266829
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