Wednesday, October 7, 2009

ICPSR Job Posting in Technology - Cloud Computing Developer

We've posted the following position on the U-M employment site. (The site is just awful, but don't let that scare you off.)

We've listed it as a two year appointment to match the NIH Challenge Grant, but we've had a lot of success keeping staff employed quite happily and busily by generating more and more grant activity.

Job ID: 34671
Job Title: Cloud Computing Developer
Job/Career Family: Information Technology
Country: United States of America
State: Michigan
City: Ann Arbor
Job Type: Regular
Full Time: Yes
Date Posted: Oct 07 2009
Minimum Salary: 0
Maximum Salary: 0
Salary Frequency: Annual
Job Description
and Responsibilities:
Market Title: Systems Analyst Senior
Working Title: Cloud Computing Developer
FLSA: Exempt
Salary Range: $70,000 - $80,000 depending on qualifications and experience of selected candidate
Hours/Week: 40 Hours
Shift/Hours/Days: Regular Business

** Please note this is a two year term limited appointment**

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), established in 1962, is an integral part of the international infrastructure of social science research. ICPSR's unique combination of data resources, user support, and training in quantitative methods make it a vital resource for fostering inquiry and furthering the social sciences. ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. A unit within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, ICPSR is a membership-based organization, with over 600 member colleges and universities around the world. A Council of leading scholars and data professionals guides and oversees the activities of ICPSR.

ICPSR offers a work environment that is a combination of the best aspects of a small nonprofit or business, established within a university setting. ICPSR is small enough that each person can make a difference, yet large enough to offer a variety of career opportunities. We have a relaxed, collegial atmosphere that fosters communication and networking within and between departments. We are family-friendly, offering flexibility with work hours, and we have a diverse staff that enriches the workplace with their skills and experience. ICPSR offers a competitive total compensation package providing full access to the University of Michigan benefits. More information can be found about ICPSR at

The ICPSR computing environment consists of Windows desktop workstations and UNIX servers. The desktop workstations run typical business applications such as Microsoft Office, but also run statistical software such as SAS and SPSS. The UNIX servers are based on the Intel/Linux platform and include Oracle databases, World Wide Web server software such as Apache, and a number of other major systems (e.g., tomcat, cocoon).


Build a prototype secure data computing environment using public utility computing (as provided by the Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud's EC2) at the Inter University Consortium for Social and Political Research (ICPSR) that will provision an analytic computing instance that conforms to the underlying security requirements for data distributed under restricted use agreements and meets the analytic needs of end users and their research teams.

Test the performance, security and usability of both the provisioning infrastructure and the analytic computing interface. Standard methods of testing system performance and security will be used as well as independent security assessments through white hat hacking.

This position reports to the Assistant Director, Computer & Network Services, ICPSR, but projects will be assigned and priorities designated by the Project Principal Investigator.

Note: Part of this job may require some work outside normal working hours to analyze and correct critical problems that arise in ICPSR's 24 hours per day operational environment.

-Works with technical staff to design, implement, and support cloud based and/or virtualized computing platforms for both internal and external users.
-Creates automated process requiring little manual input for the creation of virtualized computer instances, user accounts, and data access.
-Analyzes, proposes and designs the implementation of security interfaces in systems, applications, and network software.
-Participates in the evaluation of proposed systems, applications, and network software to determine security, data integrity, and usability implications. Assess risks to data security and identify countermeasures, plan and implement technologies.
-Provides third-level technical support for desktop and network systems, both virtualized and non-virtualized.
Job Requirements: -Bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
-Experience with Cloud computing and provisioning (preferably with Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud).
- 4+ years experience with collecting and documenting business requirements from users; then researching, designing, implementing, and supporting computing systems to meet those requirements.
- 5+ years experience and expertise with installing, configuring, and programming Windows software in both virtualized and non-virtualized settings.
-Experience and expertise in industry security training, such as SANS GIAC, or have work experience in security consulting or network security.
-Experience with social science concepts, social science data, and analysis methods, and statistical applications (SAS, SPSS, etc) preferred.
-Experience with Wise Package Studio or other MSI-packaging software preferred.
-Ability to explain complex technical concepts to non-technical users and stakeholders.
-Excellent customer service skills and customer-oriented focus.
-Attentiveness to detail.
-Excellent writing skills (writing samples will be required)
-Ability to work independently while meeting deadlines, communicating issues, and providing detailed project status updates.
-Ability to work within a team.

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