IPUMS ( is a leader in the field of quantitative social science research and the largest disseminator of census and demographic data to the world’s academic research community. Or, to put it another way - we’re on a mission to gather, process, link and publish billions of records spanning hundreds of years and more than 100 countries so that demographers, historians, economists, environmental scientists, journalists, policymakers, and others around the globe can use the data to do amazing research and make the world a better place.  

The IPUMS IT group supports this mission by using leading open source tools to solve complex data and computation challenges and build reliable, scalable data dissemination systems. Your work will be highly visible and will contribute directly to the overall success of our organization. IPUMS is part of the University’s Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation ( 

IPUMS and its affiliated units support the work-life balance of our staff with 40-hour work weeks, flexible work hours, partial remote work schedules, and generous vacation and sick leave benefits. The University also offers excellent health insurance, tuition assistance, and retirement benefits. IPUMS IT has a robust professional development fund for staff training and development.

Diversity and inclusion is a core value of our organization. We aspire to create an IT team that represents the diversity of our city, our region, and our world, and to create a space that encourages and embraces inclusiveness, equal opportunity, and respect. We strongly encourage women and members of under-represented groups to apply.

About This Role
This position is for a software developer to work on web applications and APIs for our data products and supporting systems. This role will work across our product portfolio, and will work on a mix of existing and newly-built systems. This position is part of our Product software development team, and will work closely with the other members of the team on a daily basis. 

The primary technology this role will use is Ruby on Rails, although increasingly we also use Python to build web services and JavaScript frameworks to build thin front end UIs. Other technologies this position will work with include Postgres, MySQL, RabbitMQ, Elasticsearch, and Docker. Prior experience with all of these technologies is not expected or required. 

This position will have an annual starting salary of $80,000+, commensurate with experience. 

Duties and Responsibilities
The position will have responsibility for design, implementation, and support of software systems, including enhancing and adding new features to the IPUMS web applications and APIs as well as building standalone software systems. This position will report to the Product team manager. This position involves daily interaction with the rest of ISRDI IT, the ISRDI research staff, and other user communities. 

Work Breakdown
50% Software Implementation and Analysis. Coding, refactoring, testing, and deployment in both individual and team settings.

25% Deployment and Support. Support of production systems as necessary.

20% Software Architecture and Design. Iterative development of architecture and design in partnership with IT and research staff.

5% Other job duties as assigned. Professional development activities, participation in IT working groups, and other tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree. Two years of work experience in application/web/systems development with a related bachelor’s degree or four years of work experience in application/web/systems development with a non-related bachelor’s degree. 
Required experience includes: 

Ruby on Rails or Python
JavaScript and CSS
Databases (relational or NoSQL)

Effective oral and written communication skills are essential. This position requires the ability to work independently on complex projects as well as the ability to effectively collaborate with your colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience with one or more of the following:

API design and implementation
JavaScript frameworks such as Angular, React, Vue, Ember or Backbone
Containerization technologies such as Docker
Service (or microservice) based architectures
Developing applications in a Linux environment
Working with and transforming large amounts of data
Application server technologies such as NGINX, Puma, and Passenger
Message queues such as RabbitMQ and Kafka
Proficiency in additional programming languages such as Java or C/C++. 
Experience with parallel/distributed computations. 
Experience with Test-Driven Development, Continuous Integration and other Agile software development concepts.

How To Apply

Please apply using the University of Minnesota’s online employment system and search job opening ID 335716. Application requirements include a resume, and a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications in the position. Questions concerning the application process may be addressed to Mia Riza, HR & Operations Manager, at [log in to unmask]

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail [log in to unmask] or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research.  Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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