Senior Software Engineer, Penn Wharton Budget Model at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA
University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Software Engineer, Penn Wharton Budget Model
The Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM) is a non-partisan, research-based initiative that provides accurate, accessible and transparent economic analysis of public policy. Software Engineers build the software applications and systems critical to the group's mission of delivering data-driven economic analyses of public policy. This role will also be responsible for proposing a roadmap for overall technical architecture and leading execution.
Software Engineers build the software applications and systems critical to the group's mission of delivering data-driven economic analyses of public policy. Software Engineers work closely with Economists and Research Associates to develop large databases of economic and demographic data, population-scale computational models of economic agents, and data visualization tools that support public policy analysis. Applications developed by Software Engineers enable Economists to advise lawmakers on public policy design and educate the public on the impact of public policy proposals.
In addition, the software engineer will support PWBM in expanding levels of accessibility to the master database and microsimulation model through the end of calendar year 2019 and will transition to additional database-related development or PWBM model architecture development in 2020 depending on organizational needs and strategic priorities. Responsible for proposing a roadmap for overall technical architecture and leading execution.
The ideal candidate for the Software Engineer position has a Bachelor's or Master s degree in a technical discipline, demonstrates strong software development fundamentals, and is capable of working with a range of technologies. Technical experience relevant to the role includes full stack web development, statistical computing, mathematical optimization, and distributed computing.
A knowledge of or desire to learn cutting-edge technologies such as GPU computing, Mongo, and SQL is required. An interest in economics and public policy is valued.
Two-year position subject to renewal based on the discretion of faculty director and available funds. This position is contingent on continued funding.
* The University of Pennsylvania posts the full starting salary range for this job family. Starting salary for this position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Is, and front end applications, all deployed to cloud resources
Office, library, computer room
Typically sitting at a desk or table
More about PWBM
The Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM) is a non-partisan, research-based initiative that provides accurate, accessible and transparent economic analysis of public policy. Besides being non-partisan, we are non-normative, in that we do not make policy recommendations. Instead, the intention of the PWBM is to be the honest broker of analysis working at the intersection of business and policy to help policy makers, the public, and businesses make fact-based decisions.
PWBM has been influential in many key recent policy discussions, including tax reform, infrastructure, universal basic income, debt and Social Security.
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