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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Full Stack Developer
Role Title: Information Technology Specialist II
Posting Number: SW0170455
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Biocomplexity Institute has an opening for a Full Stack Developer in our Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory (NDSSL). This is a developer-centric role that will actively engage to implement and maintain the components making up various web-based applications, including middleware layers and end-user interfaces. The Developer will work with a team of software developers, engineers, system and application administrators to design and build solutions to support research within the NDSSL. The Developer will also assist with consultation and modification of any and all web-based tools used at NDSSL.

This position will serve as a website, backend service and database developer. Works independently on both small and large development projects. Project work will involve the creation of new as well as modification of existing data systems using Node.js, JavaScript, Java, Python, and related frameworks. Provides server system administration, general information technology (IT) support, and will assist in helping with security and recovery mechanisms.

In accordance with university policy for all non-student positions, this position will require a conviction check.

Required Qualifications:

-Experience with the entire stack – web servers, the application layer, caching, databases.
-Demonstrated expertise in designing and implementing web services
-Expertise with web security and authentication middleware
-Experience developing software with modern web frameworks (e.g. Node.js, GIT)
-Experience with UNIX, server-side applications, the client-server model
-Experience with continuous integration and continuous deployment
-Strong organizational and communications skills
-Understanding and implementation of security and data protection.
-Advanced knowledge of one or more core code languages, such as Java, JavaScript, Python, C#, etc. Strong grasp
of object-oriented programming concepts and implementation.
-Strong DB experience with a major RDBMS such as Postgres, MS SQL, MySQL, Oracle, etc. writing and debugging
queries, stored procedures and views.
-A solid foundation in data structures, algorithms, and system design.

Preferred Qualifications:

-BS in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent experience
-Demonstrated experience using modern development and design methodologies in one or
more programming language
-Experience in test-driven development practices
-Experience with server and browser development and automation using NPM, Grunt or Gulp
-Experience with systems integration strategies and patterns, such as REST/SOAP web services,
messaging, direct SQL/LDAP
-Experience with cloud computing (AWS)
-Expertise in web development using HTML5 and CSS3
-Experience with container-based virtualization development (e.g. Docker, ECS)
-Experience with cloud message APIs and usage of push notifications.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

To apply for this position, please go to and search for posting SW0170455.

To learn more about the Biocomplexity Institute, please visit us at

Applications will be first reviewed on July 6, 2017. Those best meeting a combination of required and preferred qualifications will be contacted directly.

Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination or accessibility should contact the Office for Equity and Accessibility.

Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: Reviewed Annually
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
If part time, enter Percent Time:
Pay Band: 5
Pay Range: Commensurate with experience
Department: Biocomplexity Institute
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M-F; 8-5+
Posting Date: 06/16/2017
Review Begin Date: 07/06/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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  3. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only).
    • Yes
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  4. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Letter of Reference #1