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Web Application Developer

University of Wisconsin - Academic

Madison, WI
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
Job Code:
Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
Areas of Expertise Desired:

Job Description

Principal duties:

Primary responsibilities include:
* Help maintain existing web applications, and adding features.
* Creating a front end our social platform for game-based learning.
* Writing networking layers and web services between games, web browsers and servers.
* Creating server side logic to simulate ecological systems.
* Developing new projects using the most appropriate tools and web frameworks for the job.
* Prioritizing and self-managing your tasks across multiple projects.
* Install, deploy, maintain, troubleshoot, and back up Linux based servers
An ideal candidate will have an interest in how emerging technologies, particularly games, might be used to change education in fundamental ways. We at GLS are interested in designing, developing, and researching learning experiences that draw from games. We imagine learning being more engaging, meaningful, and ultimately effective for learners. We imagine learners directing their own learning experiences, collaborating and competing with others, creating games and other learning experiences from others, and using data from their play to make claims about their learning.

We envision web tools being a critical part of this mission, and are seeking an enthusiastic candidate interested in creating the future of learning. This position will play a critical role contributing to our team creating and supporting games, as well as developing analytics. There are opportunities for shaping how the future of data and analytics are used in education.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

A period of evaluation will be required


Appointment type: Academic Staff
Department(s): GRAD/WI INST DISC
Full time salary rate: Minimum $50,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term: This position will end on APRIL 09, 2014.
Appointment percent: 50% - 100%
Anticipated begin date: APRIL 27, 2013
Number of positions: 1


Application must be received by: APRIL 22, 2013


Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #74778 to

Elizabeth Misco Phone: 608-316-4338
333 N Randall Ave Fax: N/A
3120C Email:
Madison, WI 53715-1003

Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be gu aranteed confidentiality.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.


Degree and area of specialization:

Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent related experience.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Games+Learning+Society is hiring a Software Engineer! We are looking for an experienced Engineer and Web Developer to work on multiple projects in our lab. We are a mixture of artists and programmers creating educational video games, we also create web based content to support those games and the research around them. As a programmer at GLS your tasks would vary from exposing game server API to creating graphs from analytics to writing data import scripts to web apps for classroom environments.

Must be experienced with:
* Ruby on Rails or similar MVC framework.
* Databases using SQL: PostgreSQL.
* Document stores: Redis and MongoDB.
* Javascript, and jQuery or similar library.
* HTML and CSS
* Linux server administration.

Familiarity with the following is highly desired:
* Real-time Network programming
* C#, OpenGL
* Unity3D game engine.
* User experience design.
* Data analytics and visualization.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:
Work is normally performed in an office environment

Position may be converted to renewable contingent upon program need, performance, and funding availability.

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