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Scientific Programmer

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Position Title Scientific Programmer
Department CTT (Center for Technology and Training)
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Staff
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 12 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Salary or Hourly Rate Negotiable Based on Experience & Qualifications
Position Duration Dependent on External Funding? Yes
Title of Position Supervisor Senior Project Manager, Software Development

Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

The Scientific Programmer is our primary FORTRAN programmer and numerical computations professional . This position provides a self-motivated candidate the opportunity to demonstrate their software development and computational skills within a cross-functional team of software engineers, civil engineers, technical writers and administrative staff to design, program, test, document, and maintain the Bridge Design software system. Additionally, we support and maintain other products so there are considerable opportunities for personal and professional growth. The ideal candidate is results-driven and adept at converting system requirements and specifications into sound technical solutions.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Assists in the design of programs and/or systems from requirements.
2. Ensures that the specifications provided are thorough and detailed in order to avoid problems in coding development.
3. Verifies the design with system stakeholders. Makes changes as appropriate.
4. Translates program and/or system requirements into technical specifications.
5. Codes, modifies, and tests program modifications and ensures that the program conforms to technical specifications.
6. Verifies test results with stakeholders and makes modifications as appropriate.
7. Prepares documentation on the program.
8 Responsible for the maintenance of the completed/existing program.
9. Adheres to departmental and generally accepted industry standards, policies and procedures for system development.
10. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
11. Integrate safety practices into daily activities.
12. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Mathematics, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities are acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Professional competency in the FORTRAN programming language.
• Experience in writing, modifying, and testing software in a production environment

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Experience in Object Oriented Programming, C#/.NET Development, and MS Visual Studio.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Must possess excellent programming, analytical, computational, and statistical analysis skills.
• Good organizational and communication skills are required.
• Demonstrated ability to speak before groups of people.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work successfully with diverse groups of faculty, staff, and students.
• Proven ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
• Willingness to devote 5 to 10 percent of time to travel.
• Possession of a valid driver’s license combined with a driving record that meets the Michigan Tech Vehicle Use policy.
• Willingness to relocate to the Houghton, MI area upon hire (if applicable).

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Demonstrated knowledge of bridge design procedures and associated calculations.

Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
• The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
• The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Required University Training:
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security Training

Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 17289
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date
External Posting Date 09/25/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)
Additional Information

The Center for Technology & Training (CTT) provides technology transfer, software development and research services to support agencies that manage public infrastructure. With annual funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Michigan Technological University (MTU), the CTT administers Michigan’s Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and manages the development and support of software for roadway asset management, project estimating, and project management. The CTT also works under contract with other agencies to complete discrete research and service projects. For more information, please visit



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