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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 121469
Title: IT Architect
Functional Title: Big Data Architect
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1
Unit: ENGR-Civil-Center for Advanced Transportation Technology
Campus/College Information:

Are you interested in joining a vibrant software technology organization that is expanding and emerging as a leader in the field of Big Data Analytics and Data Visualization? Look no further…

The Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT) Laboratory at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, is the leading transportation information analysis, visualization, and user interface design laboratory in the country. Our products and services are used by thousands of public safety agencies, state and local departments of transportation, public officials, and consultants every day. We provide an integrated product suite of situational awareness tools for emergency managers, and also provide leading edge data analytics products for transportation planners and consultants. These products and services are rapidly changing the way governments do business and make important decisions.

The CATT Lab is looking for a highly motivated individual to join our team as a Big Data Developer.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

This position requires a unique skill set and will serve as the primary developer and architect on an early version of distributed computing platform powering big data analytics. This platform will store and operate on an ever-growing archive of 2.1+ trillion records requiring about 90 TB of space. Related technologies include: Java, Hadoop ecosystem including MapReduce, YARN, HBase, Storm, Spark, and Kafka.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Lead the development of a custom distributed computing platform using Spark or Hadoop;
  • Oversee 2-4 other developers to design, develop, and deploy the distributed computing platform to production to support Big Data Analytics applications;
  • Evaluate Hadoop ecosystem components for their relevance and utility;
  • Effectively estimate effort for each work task and report on work progress to technical team lead.
  • Will develop training methodologies designed to mentor and teach peer developers.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years working as a developer including a minimum of 3 years of Java development.
  • Minimum of 1 year of distributed computing development using Spark or Hadoop.
  • This position requires a strong Java developer with extensive experience with Hadoop ecosystem including MapReduce, YARN, HBase, Storm, Spark, and Kafka.


  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • 5 years of Java development.

  • 2 years of distributed computing development using Spark or Hadoop.

  • Experience with setup and maintenance of distributed computing framework using Amazon Web Services (AWS).

  • Experience with Storm and Kafka.

  • Development experience in an Agile environment.

  • Knowledge or experience with relational database systems.

  • Understanding of Spring MVC.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Posting Number: E0005292
Posting Date: 10/16/2015
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 11/06/2015
Physical Demands
Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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