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Software Programmer

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Library & IT

We are looking for a Software Programmer to help with the development of a software system in support of an NSF Revolutionizing Engineering Department (RED) research grant. The system is envisioned to support performance tracking of students across a curriculum, multidimensional grade tracking (i.e. grading in multiple diverse categories such as “technical work”, “communication skills”, etc.), data integration with certain EdTech platforms (e.g. Gradescope, Perusall, Prairie Learn), and a dashboard-style data representation tool.
We are seeking to secure continued support for the position after the 2-year period if the work is successful. Funding for the position does go through August 31, 2025. The position will be fully integrated with Bucknell’s Library and Information Technology division.

Job Duties:

- Conceptualize, design, develop and deploy tailored software solutions that align with the needs of the RED Grant and Pathways Program at Bucknell University.
- Craft high-quality, efficient, and testable code in one or more advanced development languages, showcasing ingenuity in tackling technical challenges and meeting development cycle goals within defined timeframes.
- Collaborate with grant stakeholders to refine program specifications and translate functional requirements into superior deliverables with minimal oversight.
- Engage in continuous collaboration with the L&IT team and other members of the Bucknell community to evaluate, refine, and influence the development best practices and patterns.
- Maintain, respect, and protect the confidentiality of information held within or transferred across the University's computer and communication resources in any format. Comply with university computing and data security standards.
- Provide technical support and maintenance services for products built as part of the grant.
- Perform other duties as assigned or requested.

Minimum Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related technical field and two years of experience OR Master’s degree.
- Proficient in object-oriented design, data structures, and algorithms.
- Experience with data visualization and data analytics tools such as Cognos or Tableau, showcasing the ability to craft complex dashboards and visualizations from diverse data sources.
- Proficient in developing server-side solutions using one or more of the following development languages: Java, Kotlin, Python or equivalent .
- Experience with relational or NoSQL database environments, such as Oracle, MS SQL Server, or MongoDB. Familiarity with client-side MVC frameworks like Angular, React, Vue, or similar.
- Experience in the development and consumption of both REST and SOAP based Web Services.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, coupled with excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication abilities to effectively articulate technical challenges and solutions.
- Proven experience in architecting solutions for complex projects, designing database architecture to support new applications, and effectively managing large-scale projects through all stages of the SDLC.
- Experience with agile development approaches, including CI/CD pipelines, unit testing, and iterative development.
- Familiarity with version control systems such as GitHub or GitLab and the ability to swiftly adapt to new tools and technologies.
- Be willing to respond to occasional emergency situations as they arise outside of normal working hours.
- Be willing to flex schedule for planned outages and upgrades as needed.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Familiar with math, probability and statistics.
- Experience with AWS technologies including Lambda, SNS, SQS, S3, CloudFormation
- Experience with container technologies such as Docker, ECS, or Kubernetes
- Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence is a plus.
- Strong comfort levels with Linux and command line tools
- Prior experience with Higher Education and/or EdTech.

Work Type: 

This is a full-time, staff exempt, benefits-eligible position.  This position is grant funded through August, 2025, and is renewable pending additional funding. We are seeking to secure continued support for the position if the work is successful.  This opportunity does allow for flexibility to engage in remote work.

This role is not budgeted for visa sponsorship at this time, all candidates must be authorized to work in the US at the time of submission of the application.

Salary Range:

This is a staff exempt position with a hiring range of $65,680 - 82,100 (E10). The offer rate will be based on a review of the candidate's credentials compared to the qualifications of the position, internal equity, and our overall compensation philosophy.


Eligible full- and part-time employees are compensated beyond base salary through our total rewards package that includes (but is not limited to):
- flexible scheduling options determined by role; 
- medical, prescription drug, vision, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance options
- an outstanding 10% employer contribution to your retirement plan (no contribution requirement for non-exempt positions)
- generous paid time off, including vacation and sick time, a community service day, and 19 paid holidays (including two full weeks off for Winter Break!)
- full-time and part-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for themselves. Additionally, full-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for their spouse/spousal equivalent and are eligible for various tuition programs for their children. Credit for full-time benefits eligible employment at other institutions of higher education will be applied to waiting periods.
- a comprehensive employee wellness program including program incentives
- a myriad of other benefits, including parental leave, an employee assistance program, fitness center membership, and the power of your Bucknell ID card 

To learn more about Bucknell's benefits, click here! (*Eligibility criteria and waiting periods may apply.)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community.  We endeavor to enhance our capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings.  We encourage all individuals to apply and do not discriminate in admissions, employment, educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military or veteran status, or genetic information.


About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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