Research Programmer I; University of Southern California

Research Programmer I

Center for Economic and Social Research, Los Angeles, California

USC’s Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences – Center for Economic and Social Research is seeking a Research Programmer I to join its team.

The Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) is dedicated to discovering how people around the globe live, think, interact, age, invest, and make important, life-changing decisions. Our in-depth research and analysis are deepening the understanding of human behavior in a wide range of economic and social contexts.

Our ultimate goal: to improve social welfare by informing and influencing decision-making in the public and private sectors. Along the way, we are leading a creative revolution in how scientists conduct social science and economic research through the use of innovative technology. Tomorrow is here, today.

This is a grant funded position.

The Research Programmer I will be responsible for the following:

  • Writes, edits and updates production-ready software application code. Builds, optimizes, and maintains complex web-based applications using variety of programming technologies (e.g., Python, Javascript, HTML)
  • Collaborates with researchers to determine system requirements to support research, and designs systems to satisfy their needs.
  • Design code aligned with overall service architecture and to meet system design specifications. Utilizes abstractions and code isolation, actively searching for security vulnerabilities.
  • Works as a team member on large projects, or works independently on projects of lesser scope but which require competency in all phases of programming and analysis.
  • Utilizes creativity and innovation to solve conceptual programming problems raised by cutting edge research.


  • A degree in computer science, software engineering, or software development. Combined work experience and education as equivalent
  • Proficiency in Python, Javascript, HTML, and CSS, and collaborative software development and version control (Git)
  • Fluent in Linux, MySQL, database management
  • Developing and implementing application programming interfaces (API)

Required Documents and Additional Information:

  • Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
  • USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

Job Profile Summary
Minimum Education: Master’s degree, Combined work experience and education as equivalent
Minimum Experience: 1 year
Minimum Field of Expertise: Demonstrated creativity and innovation in solving conceptual programming problems.
Competent to work independently on complex programming.