Seattle, Washington

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UW-IT is the central IT organization for the University of Washington, providing critical technology support to all three campuses, UW medical centers and global research operations. UW-IT collaborates with University partners to advance teaching, learning, innovation and discovery at the UW.

UW-IT has an outstanding full time opportunity for an experienced Java developer.

UW-IT is seeking a Java developer to join our Identity and Access Management (IAM) team. This position will help us deliver IAM services that meet the needs of our community today, while promoting confidence, choice, and innovation in meeting the needs of tomorrow. Current faculty, staff, students, and researchers need safe, reliable, day-to-day access to resources and infrastructure around the world, while future scholars may benefit from digital identities that they bring and control themselves, with verifiable credentials about their academic activities and achievements at the UW and beyond. Our developers are critical contributors to both endeavors, and they can take pride in sustaining the open development of the Internet for research and education.

By applying for the position, you are telling us:
  • Your passion for software development is matched by a strong interest in the use of IAM and digital identity to advance the mission of the UW.
  • You believe in open engagement, dialog, clear communication, trust, and respect as the foundations to effective partnerships.
  • You are driven to understand others and ask yourself questions like "What are their needs?" and "What are they trying to do?"
  • Your decisions are guided by vision, informed by data and process, and driven by a desire to make things work better.
  • You are motivated to work in higher education, at a public institution, and, more specifically, at the UW.
  • The position also benefits from an agile mindset and a desire to influence the evolution of our software development and operational (DevOps) practices.

    This position is responsible for the design, development, integration, operations, and maintenance of custom-built, open source, and commercial software. This position collaborates with other developers and technical leads to continually improve our development and operational practices in order to ensure agility, reliability, performance, and recoverability of our services. Consulting with customers and partners, and participating in higher education and IAM industry activities, are also part of the job. Our developers collaborate with team members and stakeholders to align our service strategies, designs, and operations with broader University goals. Customer satisfaction is our shared responsibility, and we strive for it every day, together.

    Our developers enjoy a variety of daily activities that have an impact on teammates and customers. On a typical day you might:
  • Develop a new feature in a Spring MVC web application to process SAML/OIDC metadata from the eduGAIN federation.
  • Submit a pull request for some code and documentation you're contributing to an open source project.
  • Customize a monitor for a production Apache/Tomcat application to automate alerting and troubleshooting.
  • Join a call with open source developers from other universities to reach consensus on approaches to using Velocity template engine.
  • Deploy a production change to Grouper software using an Ansible playbook.
  • Diagnose the root cause of a production problem and discuss a proposed fix with teammates.
  • Attend a DevOps forum on campus, where today's discussion involves containers, Kubernetes, and cloud-native architectures.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, informatics, mathematics, information science, business administration, or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Four years' experience performing progressively more complex and responsible tasks involving development and operations of enterprise software applications and services.
  • Experience with Java server development and operations, preferably with Java Spring Framework, and relational databases (SQL).
  • Familiar with DevOps practices.
  • Experience with source code management tools like GitHub.
  • Experience with scalable and reliable software systems.
  • Familiar with secure design and coding practices.
  • Familiar with Linux.
  • Familiar with other object-oriented languages like Python.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication and technical documentation skills and user interaction ability.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a matrix organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and apply new technologies and skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • An effective team player who enjoys collaboration.

  • Interest in participating in open source software projects and communities.
  • Experience operating Grouper and/or Shibboleth Identity Provider in an Apache/Tomcat environment.
  • Familiar with server configuration and build automation tools like Ansible.
  • Experience consuming and/or implementing RESTful APIs.
  • Familiar with messaging services like Amazon SNS/SQS.
  • Experience with NoSQL databases like Elasticsearch.
  • Experience with cloud platforms like GCP, AWS, and/or Azure.
  • Experience with Docker containers and Kubernetes.
  • Experience with Javascript frameworks like Angular or React.
  • Knowledge of software test methodologies and automation tools.
  • Knowledge of TCP/IP networking concepts and related technologies like TLS and load balancers.
  • Experience with IAM technologies used in research and education communities like SAML, OIDC, InCommon, eduGAIN, eduPerson, and ORCID.
  • Experience in a major research University setting.

    Currently this position is 100% remote due to Covid-19 restrictions. This position will have the following requirements when a return to work occurs; The position contributes in a collaborative team environment, in an open physical workspace, through ad hoc meetings focused on design and/or problem-solving, using a variety of communication and collaboration tools. The incumbent may need to respond to service incidents, outages, and respond to customer questions on a priority/urgency basis. The incumbent may need to work varied hours to meet priority project milestones and other externally imposed deadlines and to accomplish work assignments on which the activities of others depend. Occasional travel may be required. The same levels where applicable of participation are required in a remote work environment.
    This is an essential position and required to report to work remotely when UW suspends operations.
  • REQUIREMENTS: See above
    Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

    Seattle, Washington

    Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is the fourth largest employer in the Seattle region and is one of the preeminent research universities in the world. Located minutes from downtown Seattle, the main UW campus provides gorgeous views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges and, every spring, attracts visitors from all over to world who come to witness the blooming of its cherry blossom trees. As the state’s flagship university, the UW serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest. In addition to its Seattle campus, the University has thriving campuses in Tacoma and Bothell and a robust professional and continuing education program. Anyone can enjoy and be enriched by all the UW has to offer, including world-class libraries, art, music, drama, sports and the highest quality medical care in Washington state. Being public also means being engaged with our communities, and through knowledge and discovery we are elevating the quality of lives of others.

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