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Software Quality Engineer

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Software Quality Engineer
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170280
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 Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation supports the university community and its missions by fostering quality research and scholarship, providing access to funding information, enhancing the ability to respond to national research priorities and pursue opportunities, encouraging and directing inquiry into new and emerging fields, promoting solutions to problems and advances of basic knowledge in diverse disciplines and through interdisciplinary cooperation, ensuring compliance with policies and procedures related to research, marketing faculty talent and university capabilities within the university community and to external audiences, and fostering partnerships with outside agencies and businesses.

The CREST Team (or Comprehensive Research Enterprise Solutions Team) within OVPRI is responsible for developing a customized system to provide online tools for university researchers, business managers and administrators to manage funded research activities at Virginia Tech. The CREST Team has an opening for a Software Quality Engineer to serve as the test coordinator and primary tester for applications developed by CREST, providing automation and occasionally manual testing support. This position will require direct interaction with other testers, application developers, project leadership and some customers, along with the ability to effectively and professionally communicate with each.

In this position, the successful candidate will:
- Collaborate extensively with the development and functional teams to write test plans and schedule testing according to sprint schedules and application release dates.
- Collaborate with the project team to provide input towards application design, functionality and navigation improvements.
- Write test scripts, develop and execute automated regression tests, and carry out manual testing of research administration applications.
- Develop testing standards and procedures for ensuring the software products meet organization standards and end-user requirements.
- Write and maintain QA and testing documentation.
- Ensure that software bugs and enhancements are reported, tracked, and appropriately brought to the attention of the team and management.

Required Qualifications:

- Masters in IT related field or Bachelor’s degree in IT related field with equivalent progressive professional experience
- Demonstrated QA experience in building automated test suites; experience in manual testing using various testing techniques for Java applications, including functional, system, acceptance and regression testing
- Experience with Test Automation Frameworks and tools such as Selenium
- Exposure to SQL and DBs such as PostgreSQL
- Testing knowledge in browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari
- Skilled in writing test plans, and identifying and executing test cases from user stories and software requirements
- Experience working with Jira or similar scrum, bug and project tracking tools
- Ability to self-direct while demonstrating strong collaboration skills and team-oriented motivation
- Proactive approach toward learning and understanding of applications and technologies

Preferred Qualifications:

- Familiarity with AngularJS front-ends using Jasmine and Karma and Java back-ends using JUnit, JMock
- Mobile application testing experience
- Experience working in an Agile/Scrum environment

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

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 professional references to Apply to posting AP0170280. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities

Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: Research/Interdisc Prg - Admin
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8-5
Job Posting Date: 10/11/2017
Review Begin Date: 10/30/2017
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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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
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