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Full-time Software Developer
Published at 25.06.2013 - Viewed: 2643 times - Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, United States

The CCL is looking for a full-time developer to work on NetLogo.

The Software Developer position is based at Northwestern University’s Center for
Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling (CCL). You'd be working in a
small development team in a university research group that also includes
professors, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates, supporting the
needs of multiple research projects. A major focus would be on development of
NetLogo, an open-source modeling environment for both education and scientific
research. Our grants also involve development work on HubNet and other
associated tools for NetLogo, especially our educational NSF grants involving
building, delivering, and assessing NetLogo-based science curricula for
secondary schools.

NetLogo is a programming language and agent-based modeling environment. The
NetLogo language is a dialect of Logo/Lisp specialized for building agent-based
simulations of natural and social phenomena. NetLogo has tens of thousands of
users ranging from grade school students to advanced researchers. A
collaborative extension of NetLogo, called HubNet, enables groups of
participants to run participatory simulation activities in classrooms and
distributed participatory simulations in social science research.

Specific Responsibilities:

Collaborates with the NetLogo development team in designing features for
NetLogo, HubNet and web-based versions of these applications; Writes code
independently, and in the context of a team of experienced software engineers
and principal
investigator; Creates, updates and documents existing models using NetLogo,
HubNet and web-based applications; Creates new such models; Supports development
of new devices to interact with HubNet;
Interacts with commercial and academic partners to help determine design and
functional requirements for NetLogo and HubNet; Interacts with user community
including responding to bug reports, questions, and suggestions, and interacting
with open-source contributors; Performs data collection, organization, and
summarization for projects; Assists with coordination of team activities;
Performs related duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor's degree in computer science or a closely related field or the
equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which
comparable skills and abilities may be acquired; Enthusiasm for writing clean,
modular, well-tested code.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with working effectively as part of a small software development
team, including close collaboration, distributed version control, and automated
testing; Experience with building web-based applications, both server-side and
client-side components,
particularly with html5 and JavaScript and/or CoffeeScript ; Experience with
at least one JVM language such as Java; Experience with
Scala programming, or enthusiasm for learning it; Experience with Haskell, Lisp,
or other functional languages; Interest in and experience with programming
language implementation, functional programming, and metaprogramming; Experience
with GUI design; language design and compilers; Interest in and experience with
computer-based modeling and
simulation, especially agent-based simulation; Interest in and experience with
distributed, multiplayer, networked systems like HubNet;
Experience working on research projects in an academic environment; Experience
with open-source software development and supporting the growth of an
open-source community; Interest in education and an understanding of secondary
school math and science content.

Application information:

The Northwestern campus is in Evanston, Illinois on the Lake Michigan shore,
adjacent to Chicago and easily reachable by public transportation.

To apply, please contact Uri Wilensky, Director of the CCL, at the following
email address:

Please put “Developer Job” in the subject line.
Please include a PDF version of your resume and, optionally, links to any
relevant development projects you feel illustrate your abilities.

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