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Specialist, Systems Development, Office of Research Services, VP Research

Job ID: 16944

Updated: December 6, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Research Services Office in VP Research is currently seeking a Full-time Limited Term Specialist, Systems Development for approximately 18 months. This is a software development position.

Research Services (RSO) works with the University’s research community to advance the research enterprise. With a mandate to provide timely, effective services, RSO is accountable to the Vice-President (Research) and operates in a complex and competitive environment.

The incumbent is responsible for the ongoing operations and long-term development of the IRISS system. The nature of the job requires a well-rounded knowledge of coding/scripting, process engineering, software maintenance, and technical assistance with a special focus on supporting IRISS. This work includes technical analysis, developing technical design specifications, development of custom objects including reports, interfaces, conversions and enhancements. The Specialist will execute strategic projects or phases of large projects under the direction of the Associate Vice-President (Research)/Director, Research Services.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Software Design and Development:

  • Consult other IT support teams to determine application delivery and service requirements.
  • Support business case / project request development by providing technical analysis input.
  • Provide design and architect solutions, explaining in detail to team members.
  • Lead the development activities in the creation, enhancement and defect resolution of applications.
  • Develop the solution using software development best practices and ensure solution has a unit test coverage.


  • Ensures the allocation of time, flow of information, and priorities are efficiently balanced for self and staff.
  • Selects, trains, manages, supports, and evaluates staff; provides feedback and development opportunities, training and compensation; coaches the performance of individuals for continuous improvement; stimulates and supports creativity and innovation in others.
  • Develop work plans, estimates, methodology and procedures for application development and integration projects.
  • Proven ability to follow established Product Management processes and procedures.

Quality Management:

  • A library of development documentation templates and strategies are maintained and communicated.
  • Deliverable reviews and sign-offs are obtained on a timely basis.
  • Development quality control reviews are planned and executed, such as code reviews.
  • Review findings are delegated to the appropriate team members and managed through to timely resolution.

Risk and Issues Management:

  • Responsible for ensuring that the Project and Issues logs are actively and appropriately used by the development team.
  • Risks and issues are escalated for management and/or resolution if they are outstanding longer than expected.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Degree in Computing Science or recognized technical certification.
  • Minimum 10 years of related experience required.
  • Proficient in requirements analysis, technical design, development and testing techniques and tools.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills including the ability to translate business requirements into technical specifications.
  • Experience working collaboratively with other developers, technical analysts, business and operational staff.
  • Proven experience developing and deploying large scale software solutions.
  • Experience in .Net and/or Java development, design, test, and deployment.
  • Experience in systems analysis, design, development and testing of new and existing applications.
  • Ability to lead in the development activities in the creation, enhancement and defect resolution of web-based applications using Huron software and Microsoft Technologies.
  • Technology Specific Qualifications:
    • This position has a focus on supporting Research Applications (IRISS)
    • Experience with windows server administration.
    • Experience developing in more than one language, such as .Net, Java, and JavaScript.
    • Experience working with SQL Server and/or other relational database management systems.
    • Proficiency in shell scripting.
    • Previous experience with third party integration
    • Highly knowledgeable of continuous integration tools, such as GitLab CI and Jenkins.
    • Knowledge of cloud-oriented architecture is an asset.

Application Deadline:  December 13, 2018

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is classified in the Professional Career Band, Level 3 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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