Software Developer (Wage)
Job ID: R0022128 | Software Engineering and Development | Part Time | Charlottesville, VA
The University of Virginia, School of Data Science seeks a part-time, full stack Software Developer to assist in the development of a conversational agent that will be used as a feedback tool in training teachers. This conversational agent will represent a student that is able to improve or regress in understanding of a given topic based on the input of the user. There is a proposed architecture and models developed that need to be integrated into a web app that can be accessed via user login. Currently, this is being demonstrated via Django and implemented in Python Anywhere.

  • Software documentation.
  • Comment code according to best practices.
  • Gather and refine specifications and requirements based on technical needs.
  • Identify and plan for efficiencies in implementing models in system to minimize wait time and processing time (e.g., caching large models).
  • Implement conversational agent logic and models appropriately (models will be pre-developed and suggested logic will be clearly defined).
  • Develop code to create a conversational agent interface where users can dialogue (models and conversational architecture will be provided).
  • Features of the interface include and are not limited to user login system, ability to select a conversational agent profile pre-session influencing the logic paths of the conversational agent, interactive buttons, interactive image where numbers can be typed and referred to in the interface, speech-to-text and text-to-speech integration, post-session survey, post-session report, an ability to enable a group chat feature with another participant in the same session, and capturing desired variables in a readable format that is retained within the system and can be accessed by administrators

  • Django (advanced).
  • Python (advanced).
  • Web interface design (intermediate).
  • Basic HTML/CSS and JavaScript (intermediate).
  • Integrate Tensorflow/Pytorch models for text classification.
  • Enable efficient model caching for models served from Huggingface transformers/Tensorflow Hub.
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, MIS, computer engineering or related discipline.
  • At least one year of experience. Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

Position Compensation Range: $31.98 - $60.00 Hourly

This is a wage position that is not eligible for leave or other benefits and is limited to 1500 hours of work in a year. For more information, refer to the Wage Employment link:

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. This position will also require an education verification (FSAKA).

  • Education: Bachelor's degree in computer science, MIS, computer engineering or related discipline
  • Experience: At least one year of experience. Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Licensure: None.

This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings and programs.

COVID Vaccination Requirement

Due to the scope of President Biden's Executive Order 14042 issued in early September, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045 to reflect these new requirements.

If hired by the Academic Division, excluding School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Academic employees may apply for a University-approved medical or religious exemption.

Note: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how vaccination requirements will apply to you, please visit the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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