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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline your skills and related experience.

Job Summary

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is part of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan. The consortium maintains the world’s largest archive of social science data with 10,000+ studies relating to education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and more. A global leader in data science, ICPSR also supports continuing education in research design, statistics, and data analysis.

ICPSR is embarking on a 5 year project to build 10 new products for the delivery of digital social science artifacts to a global research community on a cloud-native platform, and we need a Lead Full-Stack Software Engineer to join our team.  We focus on delivering value quickly in an agile environment that fosters creativity, exploration, and continuous learning.  As a member of our team, you will have the opportunity to lead the implementation of a microservices-based architecture using technologies such as Spring Boot, Docker, Kubernetes, NoSQL databases, and AWS services.  You will be supported by a small, diverse, cross-functional team committed to delivering high quality products and an exceptional user experience through modern development and delivery practices. If you love crafting secure code within a test-driven development framework, and can coach others in best practices, we want to talk to you!

You will report to the Computing & Networking Services associate director.


  • Analyze user story requirements, design software modules, and document design specifications (20%)
  • Provide technical leadership, make architectural decisions, perform code reviews, coach junior team members (25%)
  • Develop secure code with automated test cases in an agile framework (40%)
  • Work with the team in agile ceremonies such as stand-up and user story estimation meetings (15%)

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science / Engineering, or a related field, or equivalent experience
  • 7 or more years experience developing secure applications with Java, Spring framework, including Spring Boot
  • 5 or more years experience with full-stack web development with NodeJS, frameworks such as React, NextJS
  • 3 or more years experience with SQL, ORM technologies such as Hibernate or JPA, and relational databases such as Oracle, Postgres
  • 3 or more years experience developing secure REST APIs
  • 3 or more years experience collaborating within an agile software development team
  • 3 or more years experience with test automation using tools such as JUnit, Jest
  • Experience with cloud services, and containerization using technology such as Docker and Kubernetes

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with test-driven development and CI/CD automation
  • Experience writing acceptance tests using Cucumber, Robot Framework, or similar frameworks
  • Experience with cloud services (e.g. AWS), including serverless services
  • Experience with graph data stores such as Neo4j or Amazon Neptune
  • Experience with indexers such as Elasticsearch or Solr
  • Experience migrating legacy systems to a modern technology stack

You may be asked to provide samples of your programming work.  An assessment to evaluate candidate skill level may be administered as part of the interview process.


Underfill Statement

This posting may be underfilled at the senior level.  Candidates with lesser experience are encouraged to apply. 

Additional Information

Institute for Social Research job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen (14) calendar days. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

We are currently working remotely due to the ongoing pandemic. This is expected to continue until Fall 2021. When face-to-face work resumes, this position will require on-site work at our offices in Ann Arbor, although ICPSR is committed to family-friendly, flexible work-from-home policies. If relocation is required, we will allow for reasonable time and flexibility to make necessary arrangements.

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan wants to employ 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 ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.


Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, the University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and any eligible family members, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting upon meeting eligibility requirements
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Vision, dental, and life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses
  • Tuition reimbursement

Learn more about U-M benefits.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.