1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 192644
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 07/07/2021 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The Software Development team at the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington is hiring see yourself at APL!

The Applied Physics Laboratory is a research unit at the University of Washington. Our research expertise is in ocean physics and engineering, ocean and medical acoustics, polar science, environmental remote sensing, and signal processing. We conduct research and development that is sponsored by a variety of federal and state agencies, and take great pride in our long-standing status as a US Navy-designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). Our work takes place not only on the University of Washington campus and medical centers, but in field locations around the world at sea, in the air, and on polar ice caps. We apply rigorous scientific inquiry and engineering excellence in pursuit of solutions to important problems for the good of our region, nation, and world.

Diversity is a core value at University of Washington and the Applied Physics Laboratory shares this commitment. We are focused on building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable research environment for all students, staff, and collaborators. We believe every member on our team enriches our community by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.

The Electronic and Photonic Systems (EPS) department within APL, delivers software updates annually, and designs and implements major hardware tech refreshes as needed to align with the Navy mission requirements to leverage new technology.

The Applied Physics Lab has an outstanding full time opportunity for a Software Test Engineer.

The Software Test Engineer will be an integral member of an eight-person software development team that builds state of the art real time applications used for a long running Navy program.

The successful candidate will be responsible for all phases of software testing from development through final release. The candidate will need to closely work with individual developers and the team to create effective test plans and strategies as well as clearly communicate test results and software issues as they arise.  The candidate will work with developers to perform exploratory testing of newly implemented features to provide early feedback in the development process.  System-wide testing will require coordination with the entire team to effectively test the system to uncover bugs and issues before releasing to the customer. 

Must develop a deep understanding of the code architecture, requirements and system concept of operations in order to conduct exploratory testing in an attempt to find bugs and investigate system performance.  Will be responsible for maintaining and documenting system configuration to ensure that systems at both the APL and the customer will be running at the same level.  Will be responsible for creating, documenting and conducting formal test procedures with developers at APL and the customer to ensure implemented features match formal documented requirements. Will be responsible for formally documenting test results in reports and a bug database and presenting them to the team during weekly calls and periodic program reviews.   

The candidate will also propose new test tools and methods to the team and help implement them in order to improve the overall test process and coverage.  The testing of services and User Interfaces will require the use of various simulators, software log reports, and analysis of recorded media through the use of in-house test tools.  The successful candidate must have good skills at discovering the root cause of software issues, understand how to replicate them and communicate the issues with the developers to allow issues to be quickly resolved.


Software Testing:
-Work as integral member of the software development team to test new features as they are being created, as well as regression testing to make sure new features to not introduce bugs in other parts of the system.
-Perform formal release testing of full system functionality before releases are made to the customer in order to identify issues early before the system is fielded to operations

Reporting and Documenting:
-Create formal test documentation and procedures
-Create formal test reports and use bug tracking system as part of the release process.

Configuration Management:
-Ensures, documents, and updates all hardware to run the correct bios, drivers, operating system, and JVM versions.
-Research and recommend updates for bios, drivers, operating system, and JVM versions.

Tools and Process Development:
-Propose and then implement new tools and procedures to improve the quality and coverage of the testing performed.
-Research third part tools that can be used to improve the test process.


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or similar field, and at least three years of experience.
  • Understanding of software development process
  • Java Programming experience
  • Linux systems operation experience
  • Demonstrated success working independently and as part of a team, and interacting cooperatively with people to solve problems effectively.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills, including:
    o Documentation - to maintain and expand system procedures and configuration control.
    o Attention to detail - to ensure the testing is performed is in a repeatable and consistent manner.
    o Communication skills - to support all members of the team on a daily basis and to be able to effectively work in high pressure situations quickly troubleshooting systems in collaboration with all members of the team.
    o Time management to effectively prioritize diverse task list and operational needs of the team.
  • Must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

    *Incumbent will be required to submit for a Department of Defense Secret-level security clearance within the first 3-6 months of employment, and once granted must maintain eligibility to hold a Secret-level clearance.*

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Master's degree in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering
  • Current possession of an active Department of Defense security clearance
  • Experience with Software Requirements Analysis
  • Experience with automated software test tools
  • Experience with system and application performance monitoring tools.
  • Familiarity with software engineering process
  • Familiarity with Linux network configuration
  • Experience with Virtual Machines
  • Experience with RAID technology
  • Experience with Software Revision Control systems
  • Experience with collaborative bug tracking systems
  • Experience in Java software application development


    May be subject to successful completion of E-Verify process.

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

  • Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu.


    Per Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.1, employees of higher education and healthcare institutions must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than October 18, 2021 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.


    Posted: 2021-07-08 Expires: 2021-10-22

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