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To promote the health and safety of our university community, UC currently has a mandatory mask requirement for all buildings on campus for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Additionally, successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Vaccine verification will be required by November 15, 2021. Newly hired individuals will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. There is an opportunity to request an exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical reasons, sincerely held reasons of conscience, or religious beliefs.

Software Applications Developer 1

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.


Job Overview

The Office of Research-Research Technologies department has an opening for a Software Applications Developer 1 in the UCSIM | Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research unit. This position will be responsible for developing software applications for virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), simulations, 3D modeling, and 3D animations to enhance and facilitate the research and academic objectives of the University of Cincinnati (UC). They will work with a team of artists and developers to create the best virtual experience possible within time and budget constraints. This position will have the opportunity to coach, mentor, and train student workers and junior programmers. Occasional local/regional travel to meet with clients, and evening/weekend hours to host special university events, demonstrations, and conferences, may be required. 


The UCSIM | Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research develops world-class immersive technology applications for research, scientific collaboration, and higher education. We help researchers solve urgent real-world problems in safe virtual spaces, encourage faculty and administrators to re-imagine the university experience with virtual and augmented reality, and partner with industry to develop innovative data visualizations, training simulations, and user experiences.  Our multidisciplinary approach combines subject matter expertise from the university's scientific community with UCSIM's technical expertise in augmented and virtual reality application development, computer simulations, 3D modeling, UX/UI, and instructional design to create applications that unleash the potential for scientific discovery, innovation, and new learning capabilities with immersive technologies.


A resume and cover letter are required as part of the application process. Attach these documents before submitting your application.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and maintain basic to intermediate application programs from detailed specifications.
  • Develop succinct, timely programming code that is logical and optimizes programming resources and meets user requirements; works with user to test and debug programs.
  • Write documentation to provide user support for new or modified programs and production/operations procedures.
  • Create web applications or solutions to support user needs and initiatives.
  • Maintain and support assigned systems to ensure minimal downtime and loss of productivity and service. 
  • Evaluate and enhance the efficiency of existing programs in meeting current and future user needs.
  • Install new, modified or third party software releases and/or updates.
  • Evaluate and supplement vendor supplied documentation for third party software.
  • Other related duties as assigned.    

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, or related degree; -OR- an Associate’s degree with two (2) years’ of experience; or four (4) years of basic to intermediate level computer hardware related experience. Possesses working knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures and contributes through support, using established processes, methods, and systems.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a development team to create simulations, games, or virtual or augmented reality applications in a higher education or research environment.
  • Experience creating virtual and augmented reality applications using the Unity game engine, other game engines, or other simulation platform programming experience in JavaScript, C#, .NET, C++ or related languages.  Knowledge or previous experience developing game engine tools, physics, and shaders a plus.
  • Experience developing and optimizing applications for virtual or augmented reality hardware systems (HTC Vive/Focus, Varjo, HP Reverb G2 Omnicept, Oculus Rift/Quest, Microsoft Hololens 2, iOS ARKit, Android ARCore).
  • Experience developing gesture-based controls or integrating motion capture technologies.
  • Previous experience mentoring, training, and teaching others about game engines, VR/AR development, programming, and/or software development methodologies, as well as the ability to coach, mentor and train students and junior programmers.
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc), and/or previous experience collaborating with 3D artists to optimize the 3D content pipeline.  (Maya/Max/Photoshop into game engine).
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative thinker, with strong analytical and planning skills, and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, and collaborative team environment.


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependant on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 73861 


Software Applications Developer 1

Date:  Nov 6, 2021

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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