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Data Engineer

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona

Posting Number: req9863

Department: BIO5 Institute

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

CyVerse, a division of BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona, is looking for someone to join them in the role of Data Engineer (R&D Software Engineer II) in creating the next generation cyberinfrastructure for the sciences. This person would use a combination of software development and system administration skills to enhance the CyVerse Data Store. The ideal candidate would have an interest in automation and is equally at ease integrating open source software and creating custom software to extend production systems. This person would also desire to have a holistic understanding of applications, operating systems, security, networks, and storage. The position will involve working with modern technologies, such as distributed storage, search engines, load balancing, and messaging systems.

The BIO5 Institute connects and mobilizes hundreds of world-class plant, animal, and human bioscientists, engineers, physicians, and computational researchers to develop creative solutions for complex challenges such as disease, hunger, water and food safety, and other health issues facing Arizona. This interdisciplinary approach has resulted in improved food crops, innovative diagnostics and devices, disease prevention strategies, and promising new therapies. BIO5 initiatives and projects are carefully chosen to align with areas of state and national need and for which University of Arizona faculty already have significant expertise. This strategy catalyzes the capacity to expand impact, economic opportunity and external funding opportunities.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & responsibilities:

  • Adding new features to the Data Store starting with quota management and auditing
  • Supporting and maintaining the user-facing services and documentation of the Data Store
  • Improving the Data Store's resilience and performance, including monitoring and diagnostics
  • Performing routine maintenance of the Data Store components
  • Helping users best use the Data Store
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • Ability to think analytically
  • Ability to learn a new concept and evaluate applicability even when it seems to go against historical practice
  • Ability to effectively discuss with peers the complex ideas and logic processes inherent in software systems
  • Excellent customer service attitude
  • Knowledge of modern development methodologies, e.g., Scrum and DevOps
  • Strong understanding of Linux or other Unix-like operating systems

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree Computer Science or a related field or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with both functional and object-oriented programming and design
  • Experience with Lucene indexing
  • Experience with relational databases
  • Experience with distributed software concepts like containerization and message passing
  • Experience with software development tools and processes, including distributed version control and test and deployment automation
  • Systems and network administration experience for Unix-like systems including scripting and automation of tasks
  • Experience managing an iRODS grid
  • Experience with high availability configurations
  • Experience with a Unix-like operating system, including work from the command line

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Research Engineering

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Tony Edgin

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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