Software engineering is vital to Seattle’s emergence as a tech leader driving a local climate of innovation. The new Scientific Software Engineering Center (SSEC) at UW’s eScience Institute will leverage local software engineering talent to advance scientific frontiers that will change the world around us and respond to the challenges that face humanity.

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NOW HIRING – We are looking for experienced software engineers, including a lead software engineer, to work on impactful science research projects, infusing them with the software industry’s best practices, and delivering reusable, open source software that will accelerate future research in areas like climate, health, energy and basic science.


  • SSEC Principal Lead Software Engineer – opening soon!

  • SSEC Senior Software Engineers – opening soon!

  • SSEC Associate Software Engineers – opening soon!

The SSEC, supported by Schmidt Futures, is building out a diverse team of research software engineers who will bring their unique backgrounds and expertise to the UW community to address fundamental questions about climate change, the fate of the universe, how materials work, precision medicine, and more. These Software Engineers will work with domain researchers, computer scientists, data scientists, and others to develop high quality, sustainable software for cutting edge research purposes.

The University of Washington is one of four global research universities recently selected to address the growing need for new, scalable software tools to accelerate scientific discoveries. The Virtual Institute of Scientific Software (VISS), is a $40M network of four centers at the UW, the University of Cambridge, the Johns Hopkins University and the Georgia Institute of Technology supported by Schmidt Futures. “Schmidt Futures’ Virtual Institute for Scientific Software is a core part of our efforts to mobilize exceptional talent to solve specific hard problems in science and society,” said Elizabeth Young McNally, Executive Vice President, Schmidt Futures. “Development of robust, well-engineered software is a critical public service when the software supports projects to make the world better.”

As the hub of data-intensive discovery at UW, the eScience Institute is a fitting home for SSEC with its history of supporting researchers from all fields in using cutting edge data science tools and techniques to advance discovery. “The University of Washington has been a pioneer in data science, demonstrating that software and algorithms don’t just speed up scientific research, they also change the questions we can ask,” said Dr. David Beck, a UW professor of chemical engineering and Director of Research and Education at the eScience Institute who will lead SSEC. “We are very excited to partner with Schmidt Futures to bring professional software engineering expertise to lift promising prototype scientific codes developed at the UW and around the world over the technical barriers that limit their scaling, deployment and community adoption.”