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Research Programmer II

Information Sciences Institute Arlington, Virginia

Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced information processing, computing, and communications technologies. ISI operates one of the world’s largest academic high-performance computing clusters. ISI has three research campuses:  one in Marina Del Rey, CA; one in Arlington, VA; and one in Waltham, MA.

*This position is located in Arlington, VA.*

Information Sciences Institute (ISI) seeks a Research Programmer II. This is a one-year, fixed-term position, with possibility of extension.

Job Accountabilities:

  • Serves as lead programmer or technical specialist on a research project(s). Develops or modifies large and complex system projects. Establishes project plans and schedules and monitors progress providing status reports as required. Utilizes creativity and innovation to solve conceptual programming problems raised by cutting edge research.
  • Participates in research projects. Contributes to research designs, develops prototype implementations, and participates in the preparation of papers describing the research.
  • Develops system definition, architecture and detailed needs analysis including hardware and software recommendations. Proposes alternative approaches and conducts evaluation and comparison.
  • Oversees the design, coding, testing, debugging and documentation activities of project staff.
  • Interfaces with researchers to identify and determine requirements. Conducts detailed systems analysis to define system scope, objectives and implementation approach.
  • Collaborates with colleagues on research ideas and solutions. Works with staff and/or students providing guidance in system design and implementation.
  • Contributes text to project reports and technical papers
  • Establishes and implements user training programs, tutorials and other materials necessary to present and support research results.
  • Suggests new avenues for research. Recognizes opportunities to adapt results for novel applications.
  • Makes technical presentations and demonstrations at conferences and/or meetings.
  • Stays informed of new developments and technologies by reading journals and other pertinent publications, maintaining contact with vendors, and participating in professional organizations, meetings and seminars.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.


Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined work experience and education as equivalent

Minimum Experience: 3 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Relevant work experience to provide strong technical knowledge of programming and analysis as well as senior or lead experience. Demonstrated ability to stand in for researchers as circumstances require. Demonstrated creativity and innovation in solving conceptual programming problems.


REQ20052514 Posted Date: 11/01/2017

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