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To be considered, a cover letter and resume are required.  The cover letter must be the leading page of your resume and should:

  • Specifically outline the reasons for your interest in the position and
  • Outline your particular skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Starting salaries will vary depending upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

Underfill Statement

This position will be filled at the Intermediate level salary range of $57,692 - $75,000 as the primary goal. The requirements listed below reflect the Intermediate level expectation. Applicants with lesser experience are encouraged to apply and may be considered if the primary goal is not met. Lesser-experienced candidates will be reviewed at an Associate level salary range of $47,476 - $59,000.

Job Summary

Information and Technology Services (ITS) has a great opportunity for an Application Developer with the Enterprise Application Services (EAS) Web/Mobile Application Development team. We are seeking an experienced Python and JavaScript developer to be part of a diverse team. This position will report to the Application Development Supervisor.

The primary project is a collaboration with Advanced Research Computing - Technology Services (ARC-TS) and to build a web portal to enable researchers at UM to manage their various computational and data storage resources. The project has already started and key activities for the position are:

  1. Provide backend API and data feeds for front-end display of data under the Python/FLASK and Node.js/Express frameworks
  2. Learn, interact and develop with vendor provided APIs for extracting data from various storage systems operated by ARCTS
  3. Learn, interact and develop with vendor provided APIs for extracting data from the Slurm HPC scheduling system operated by ARCTS
  4. Learn and interact with third party APIs for extracting data from other campus providers

The developer may also work on a variety of projects building web and mobile applications using Python, JavaScript/Node.js, Django/Flask, Docker/Vagrant, MySQL/Oracle, Java, and/or Ruby on Rails based on priority and availability, creating or leveraging Restful APIs. The developer will collaborate with various groups (customers, business system analysts, technical infrastructure) to address application issues. 


ITS supports U-M faculty, researchers, staff, and students in their use of technology to teach, learn, research, and work, and be leaders in their fields. We are dedicated to creating cohesive digital experiences and enabling university wide innovations by:

  • Elevating the customer experience by providing proactive, laser focused customer service
  • Providing appropriate IT security and privacy in an open university society, while enabling innovation
  • Supporting data-informed decision making
  • Delivering intuitive research computing solutions
  • Building a world-class, transformational network and reliable administrative systems

In addition, we value those that proactively solve challenges, work with a sense of urgency, and seek a collaborative and inclusive work environment. 

ITS’s mission is to be trusted enablers of technology for the U-M community. ITS works together to provide cohesive digital experiences and seamless support to the U-M community. To learn more, visit:


You are energized by working with a collaborative team and industry peers to support the university mission through innovative and appropriate use of technology. You seek understanding and to tackle projects and problems with your customers’ needs in mind. You anticipate problems and work proactively to preempt challenges and concerns, delivering increasingly relevant customer experiences over time. You value a culture that is rooted in mutual respect, where you can learn from different perspectives, roles, and identities.

You have at least two (2) years of experience in a similar role with a demonstrated proficiency in mobile/web application development using Python (Django or Flask), JavaScript (Angular/Bootstrap/Node/Express), and Web Application Frameworks. You also have experience with relational database and a broad understanding behind the development and use of Restful APIs.


  • Actively coordinates with team members and service support groups to effectively resolve incidents, requests, fixes, and minor enhancements. Assignments include but are not limited to, development, automation, CI/CD, installation, configuration, customization, troubleshooting, upgrades, integration, and maintenance of systems. Monitors applications and other systems for availability, error conditions, performance, and otherwise ensures services are fully operational 
  • Participates on service enhancement projects by identifying and quantifying customer requirements, delineating the gaps between customer requirements and the capabilities of existing technology and resources, and recommending proactive improvements.  Analyzes business requirements and develops designs to meet requirements. Collaborates with users, customers, and business analysts to review modification requests, define programming needs and develop code and solutions that balance requirements and risk, maintainability, and impact. Programming solutions include modifications/additions to existing code to meet new and pre-existing requirements
  • Provides accurate time estimates for tasks, identifies impacted teams, and notifies management of potential risks and issues 
  • Proactively seeks information and utilizes analytical and creative problem solving skills along with standard processes and technologies resulting in secure and reliable connections to and use of systems, applications, and infrastructure 
  • Demonstrates relationship building, effective communication skills, and quality service in the process of collaborating with, supporting, advising, and educating customers and team members on the use of services, handling of sensitive data, and resolving incidents, resulting in efficient, effective, and compliant use of software and services. Uses active listening and frequent communication with team members, customers, and vendors, resulting in understanding quality improvement needs, creating buy-in for enhancements, and collaboration with staff
  • Demonstrates skill development by actively participating in growth opportunities for continuous development and improvement and applying new skills/knowledge to the job as evident by the ability to efficiently and effectively perform assigned duties, resulting in meeting or exceeding customer expectations and performance metrics 
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills when providing training and mentoring to less experienced staff, resulting in staff and teams using and implementing the latest policies, procedures, and best practices to accomplish tasks

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and/or equivalent combination of education, certification and experience 
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in a similar role requiring confidentiality, timeliness, customer service, organization, prioritization, troubleshooting, and working independently to successfully design, develop, deliver, and support high complex applications and solutions 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in mobile/web application development using Python (Django or Flask), JavaScript (Angular/Bootstrap/Node/Express), and Web Application Frameworks 
  • Experience with relational database
  • A broad understanding behind the development and use of Restful APIs is a must and key to success in this role
  • Demonstrated attention to detail 
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new software quickly and to understand technical information and communicate it to others using clear, concise, and user-friendly language 
  • Demonstrated understanding of client relationship management, process mapping and improvement, project management, and production support 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the development environment and common issues around the technical area
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in project management, negotiation, and conflict resolution 
  • Knowledge of systems development methodologies (including waterfall and iterative approaches), process improvement, and data analysis
  • Demonstrated skills in strong code design, object-oriented analysis, data modeling, software development methodologies, code performance tuning and benchmarking, and software quality testing
  • Demonstrated effective creative problem solving and flexibility when collaborating with customers, team members support teams, external vendors, and technical organizations to understand, advocate for, evaluate, and support enhancements, resulting in plans and services that leverage the capabilities of existing technology and meet customer and organizational expectations
  • Demonstrated effective verbal communication skills including strong interpersonal skills with an ability to work effectively through all levels of management and matrix organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with internal and external customers in a manner that consistently meets the organization’s expectations for exemplary customer service
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and independent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to influence others in the building and maintaining a consensual approach with a wide array of diverse business interests

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with container (Docker/Vagrant) and CI/CD
  • Experience with cloud platform (AWS/GCP/Azure)
  • Experience with Spring frameworks, Bootstrap, HTML/CSS, PHP.
  • Experience in full life cycle software development using Agile practice
  • Demonstrated experience with JSON/XML  
  • Experience with Java (Spring Boot/Tomcat), Ruby on Rails, and/or  .NET

Additional Information

Information and Technology Services is excited to be filling 40-plus positions this fall to support the missions of the university through the innovative and appropriate use of technology. We have been strategic in our hiring over the last two years in order to fund and invest in our future with these key positions. As a valued team member, you will help create and run the technology that powers the University of Michigan – supporting the students, faculty, and staff who are helping to improve the world!  

Physical Demands/Work Environment

Normal amount of sitting, average mobility to move around an office environment; able to conduct normal amount of work at a computer; travel to various locations on and off campus.  Punctual, regular, and consistent attendance is required.  May require on-call availability and may require working during non-business hours and on weekends.

NOTE - This position may work with and/or support systems that maintain or process sensitive institutional data as defined by university policy.  Successful candidates must comply with federal, state and local law and/or university policies or agreements that require the university to implement specific privacy and security safeguards including, but not limited to:  ITAR, EAR, HIPAA and FISMA.  Responsible for protecting data and information from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration or unauthorized deletion; and, following applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of data, etc. as stated in a computer access agreement.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The University of Michigan Information and Technology Services seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the University and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

Comprehensive Benefits

The University of Michigan Benefits Office is committed to offering a high-quality benefits package to support faculty, staff and their families.  Learn more about our 2:1 retirement matching, healthcare plans with nationwide coverage including prescription drug coverage, three dental plans, a vision plan, flexible spending account, well-being programs, long-term disability, automatic life insurance, general legal services, three early childhood centers, time away from work and work-life programs to promote balance.  Learn more at


  • The University of Michigan is ranked the No. 3 public university in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report’s annual report of the nation’s best undergraduate colleges and universities.
  • The University of Michigan is ranked No. 6 on Kiplinger’s list of Best Values in Public Colleges, again making U-M one of the nation’s best values in higher education for in-state students.  The ranking highlights colleges and universities that combine outstanding education with economic value.
  • For the third straight year, the University of Michigan maintained its position as the 15th top university in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.
  • The University of Michigan maintained its ranking as the top U.S. public university in the QS World University Rankings for 2019-20 and ranked 21st among all institutions on the list, moving down one spot from last year in the ranking released Tuesday, 06/18/2019.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.