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Senior Research Software Engineer, MIDAS Team, School of Engineering

Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, TN

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Senior Research Software Engineer, MIDAS Team, School of Engineering

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The Senior Research Software Engineer for the MIDAS Research Team is part of the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University.

The Senior Research Engineer for the MIDAS Research Team is part of the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for engineering and/or software design, implementation, analysis, and maintenance or experimentation. This position assists the Principal Investigator and System Architect with development and maintenance of discipline-specific software systems and/or engineering tools to support project and research goals. Reporting directly to the Principal Investigator, the Senior Research Engineer regularly collaborates with a team including but not limited to Research Engineers, Research Scientists, and System Architects to accomplish project-specific goals.

The Institute for Software Integrated Systems conducts basic and applied research in the area of systems and information science and engineering. Applications of its technology span a wide range of software-intensive systems from small embedded devices, through real-time distributed systems, to globally deployed complex systems. Software is increasingly essential to the functions of these systems, and it is also the primary means of adapting them to their environments and users. Our research interests lie in the theoretical foundations, modeling, design, engineering, and educational aspects of these systems.

MIDAS Research Team

The MIDAS team's current project involves developing a new approach to evolutionary software development and deployment that extends the results of model-based software engineering. The project will construct an integrated, end-to-end framework for building software that is focused on growth and adaptation. The envisioned technology is based on the concept of a ‘Model Design Language’ (MDL) that supports the expression of the developer’s objectives (the ‘what’), intentions (the ‘how’), and constraints (the ‘limitations’) related to the software artifacts to be produced. The ‘models’ represented in this language are called the ‘design models’ for the software artifact(s) and they encompass more than what we express today in software models like UML. We consider software development as a continuous process, as in the DevOps paradigm, where the software is undergoing continuous change, improvement, and extension; and our goal is to build the tools to support this. The main idea is that changes in the requirements will result in the designer/developer making changes in the ‘design model’ that will result in automatically generated changes in the generated artifacts, or changes in the target system, at run-time, as needed.

This position comes with a host of benefits most of which are available from Day 1. Some of our benefits include medical, dental, vision, long and short-term disability, matching 403(b), wellness incentives, tuition assistance, and paid time off (PTO). For a complete list of benefits and more details, please visit: hr.vanderbilt.edu/benefits

Duties and Responsibilities

Assist with modeling and analysis of discipline-specific engineering problems. Assist Principal Investigator and/or System Architect with the development and maintenance of discipline-specific software systems and/or engineering tools to support project and research goals. Perform engineering and/or software design, implementation, analysis, maintenance, or experimentation as directed by Principal Investigator and lead Engineers. Adhere to existing technical standards and recommend or develop new standards, as applicable. Prepare technical documentation for work products of the project. Maintain familiarity with and expertise in emerging technologies and techniques related to project and research goals. Provide Principal Investigator and /or System Architect with accurate documentation of all systems within project research area of direct involvement or responsibility. Provide Principal Investigator and/or System Architect with data to assist in evaluation of project research direction and progress, providing input on solutions as necessary. Provide Principal Investigator and /or System Architect with daily documentation of work performed. Effectively deliver technical progress reports and presentations in written and oral forms to project research staff and faculty. Communicate regularly, effectively, and professionally with Principal Investigator, System Architect, and research team. Share research knowledge, product, and processes with Principal Investigator, System Architect, and research team.

Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in computer science or computer engineering is necessary. Solid, established skills in model-based software system development, software design, and embedded systems engineering is necessary. Ability to design, implement, test, document, and maintain software is necessary. Practical knowledge of, and experience with, programming languages (C/C++, Javascript,Typescript, Python), as needed by the project, is necessary. Practical knowledge of, and experience with, state-of-the-art, model-based software development techniques and processes is necessary. Knowledge of graph databases, compiler construction techniques, program synthesis tools is preferred. Experience with the development and extension of Integrated Development Environments is preferred. Familiarity with the principles of program analysis, algorithm synthesis, formal specifications and verification of software is preferred. Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fosteing advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.