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Senior Software Engineer

ICT Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (USC ICT) is looking for a Senior Software Engineer to strengthen its central tech integration group, with 7 years industry experience and can design, code, test, and deploy complex, distributed, integrated platforms in support of military simulations and virtual humans research and development.


  • Provide direction on the overall architecture of our rapidly growing in-house developed R&D platform
  • Design and develop major new areas and APIs for the platform, including game-engine, local libraries, and cloud-based features
  • Work with researchers and developers to design, develop, test, and document new systems within the platform
  • Provide guidance to other research and development groups on how to properly leverage and develop for the platform
  • Work with designers, artists, researchers, and other programmers to stand up, expand and polish Unity-based military prototypes and applications
  • Create examples, tutorials, and documentation in support of researchers and developers
  • Resolve technical problems related to Unity, C#, and other tools and operating systems
  • Work closely with other programmers and artists to solve various design, pipeline and/or programming issues

Preferred skills and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience with a strong background in C#
  • 7+ years’ experience in software/game development
  • Expertise with Unity and Unreal Engine
  • Multi-platform programming experience (e.g., Windows, iOS, Android, web, Mac OS, AR, VR)
  • Web services programming and/or DevOps experience, including using, developing and deploying with common cloud service providers (e.g., AWS, Azure)
  • Strong knowledge of programming/scripting languages and debugging techniques (e.g., MS Visual Studio, Python)
  • Expert in software development lifecycle best practices (e.g., versioning w/ Git or SVN, unit testing, documentation generation)
  • Digital character creation experience a plus
  • Tools design and development a plus
  • Demonstrated problem solving ability
  • Desire to collaborate in a research environment
  • Ability to quickly assimilate new information
  • Desire to expand knowledge base
  • Attention to detail
  • Good communication skills

Why work at USC ICT

  • Work on exciting and engaging projects that have real-life impact
  • Small project team environment allows for involvement across entire project lifecycle
  • A quality work-life balance
  • Meet interesting people from all walks of life: technologists, social scientists, military experts, creative writers, etc.
  • Opportunities for free, top-tier university education for you and your children
  • Located in the heart of Silicon Beach
  • Be part of both the research and development of tomorrow
  • Flexible schedule
  • Great benefits, including medical, continued education, and matched retirement, see


The University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies (USC ICT) is where academia, entertainment, and the military meet. Located in the heart of Silicon Beach in Playa Vista, no other institute offers a more diverse collaborative environment where basic and applied research work hand-in-hand to transition cutting-edge technologies.

We are world leaders in virtual human research, computer graphics, computer training simulations, learning sciences, body computing, and immersive experiences for decision-making, cultural awareness, leadership and health. ICT employees are encouraged to develop themselves both professionally and personally, through workshops, invited guest talks, movie nights, social events, various sports teams, a private gym and a personal trainer. The atmosphere at ICT is relaxed, informal and flexible, while encouraging initiative, personal responsibility, and a high work ethic.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree Addtional Education Requirements Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 5 years Minimum Skills: Five years’ experience with programming and documentation procedures, methods and operator instructions. Experience conducting unit/performance tests, systems integration and user acceptance. Demonstrated experience with one or more relevant programming languages, able to gain needed contexts for domains. Experience developing and deploying prototypes to scalable pipelines and applying software development lifecycle principles. Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply scalability, reliability, and software engineering best practices (e.g., version control, testing, developer and end-user documentation). Excellent organization, planning, analytical and problem-solving skills. Proven ability to provide technical expertise and creative solutions while aligned to organizational objectives and customer needs. Experience weighing economic costs and values objectively, supporting coworkers on a project basis, and contributing to discussions in a civil manner. Excellent written and oral communication skills, able to provide both detailed information as well as summaries to varied audiences. Substantial knowledge of security concepts, familiarity with secure code development techniques, and understanding of scalable and automated solutions. Ability to build strong, positive working relationships and rapport with diverse groups of team members. Preferred Education: Bachelor's degree Or Bachelor's degree Or Bachelor's degree Preferred Experience: 8 years Preferred Skills: Eight years’ experience in IT/programming. Proficiency with Python, Javascript, C/C++, Java, Ruby and/or other advanced programming languages. Experience with Unix/Linux programming and/or administration. Experience in higher education.

REQ20116061 Posted Date: 04/24/2022

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