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Junior Software Developer Full-time

Published at 2021-02-10 - Viewed: 1924 times - Nimbus Team, University of Chicago in Chicago, United States

The Nimbus team is an academic leader in cloud computing research, development, and operations. We work closely with scientific communities to provide innovative solutions adapting cloud computing to the needs of science. Among others, we operate Chameleon, an experimental platform for Computer Science systems research where new solutions in cloud computing, machine learning, software defined networking (SDN), and Internet of Things (IoT) are proposed every day by an international research community. The Nimbus team provides a friendly, challenge-oriented environment.

About the job

You will work on the intersection of development, research, and operations, discovering new requirements through working with scientific users, designing and building solutions that change the way science is done, deploying and operating them, and then supporting and interacting with their users to build communities around them.

You will:

  • Help build and operate the Chameleon experimental platform: specific tasks may range from integrating state-of-the-art technologies such as disaggregated hardware or IoT devices, evaluating and extending open source systems and tools such as OpenStack, and new feature development — to system upgrades and maintenance, or implementing security controls.
  • Work directly with users as a technical consultant to answer their questions, troubleshoot issues, and see how your work is impacting their science daily
  • Collaborate with scientific application groups nationwide, work as part of a large supercomputing center and an outstanding academic institution.
  • Share your experiences with wider community by contributing to papers as part of a research team that regularly publishes in various academic venues.
  • Perform other related work as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or another relevant computer-related field required.


Minimum requirements include solid practical experience of at least two of the following:

  • Demonstrated programming experience (development, debugging, and maintenance)
  • Experience with IaaS cloud systems, such as OpenStack or Amazon Web Services, and relevant technologies
  • Experience with system administration
  • Interest and experience in systems research and working on challenges that don’t have obvious solutions

In addition, preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated contributions to open source software as well as experience with distributed systems, performance analysis, and resource and/or data management systems.

Technical skills

  • Knowledge of Unix/Linux.
  • Python programming skills
  • Familiarity with system administration tools (e.g., Ceph, MariaDB) and DevOps tools (e.g., Jenkins, Ansible)
  • Familiarity with virtualization technologies (e.g., Xen, KVM) and/or containers (Docker)


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills required.
  • Ability to think independently and creatively to develop exceptional technical solutions required.
  • Ability to identify similar or complementary commercial or academic solutions and read scientific literature to fill in knowledge gaps as needed required.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage workload to meet critical project milestones and deadlines required.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative (potentially remote) team environment
  • Ability to work on a flexible schedule which will include occasional late night and/or weekend hours required.
  • Sense of humor appreciated.

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