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October 2, 2015 HuskyBytes

Help Wanted: Student Software Test Engineer

Student Software Test Engineer

Job Description

Become a Student Software Test Engineer for UW-IT's Academic & Collaborative Applications (ACA) team, and start your career in the exciting field of software quality assurance and development.

ACA’s mission is to develop and integrate with innovative applications that improve the teaching and learning experience, collaboration, and research at the UW. ACA has delivered such applications as MyUW, Canvas LMS, SpaceScout, Notify.UW, Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus including OneDrive for Business, UW Google Apps, Panopto, Catalyst Web Tools, Mailman Email List Manager, Mobile UW and SqlShare, to name a few.

As a Software Test Engineer (STE), you will be an integral member of a fast-paced team. You will work with the development team in an agile environment to ensure that the quality of existing functionality and new features consistently meet the high standards our users expect.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Familiarize yourself with current projects and learn about Web architecture
  • Analyze technical design specifications for feasibility and ensure that business requirements are met
  • Write test cases and/or test plans based on design specifications for new features
  • Prioritize feature testing and ensure that functional requirements are met through test coverage
  • Troubleshoot errors using browser web console and other test and development tools
  • Perform compatibility testing across supported desktop and mobile OS/browsers
  • Perform manual black-box testing as part of the functional testing process on desktop and mobile in an agile development environment
  • Perform non-functional and boundary testing - a.k.a “Break Things”
  • Write detailed bug reports by providing clear step-by-step instructions so that others can reproduce the issue
  • Mentor and provide direction for other undergraduate testing staff as you gain experience
  • Communicate status with the QA Lead and the rest of the development team
  • Learn new tools and technologies
  • Write automation test code as appropriate
  • Take on other projects assigned to you as necessary


Who You Are

You have the natural curiosity that is characteristic of great software test engineers. You are driven by the impulse to lift the hood and look inside, learn how it works, then test and push limits. You are intelligent, motivated, detail oriented, well organized, flexible but driven, and know how to communicate clearly. You don't settle for "just OK." You set high standards for yourself and others, and your work reflects this. Most importantly, you are a team player with a sense of humor who is willing to work hard and have fun in the process. You have the desire to learn new things and the capacity to settle in and complete the tasks assigned to you in a timely manner, including the “boring” ones.


  • Currently enrolled student at the University of Washington taking a minimum of 6 credits
  • Able to work a minimum of 12 hours per week
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Have the ability to follow instructions and ask questions when you need clarification
  • Able to multi-task
  • Able to work with little supervision at times in a fast paced environment

Useful skills

Familiarity with:

  • Front-end desktop and mobile web development tools and technologies
  • Web design and website architecture – desktop and mobile
  • Quality assurance concepts and methodologies
  • Android and IOS native apps as well as mobile web applications

Helpful but not required

  • Hands on experience with HTML, CSS, and other Web-related languages and markup
  • Familiarity with scripting languages such as JavaScript, PHP, Python, etc.
  • An understanding of web applications that goes beyond the UI to include different front-end web technologies, different HTTP requests and responses, Ajax, web services, RESTful architecture, server-side technologies
  • Experience with Linux and Windows command line
  • Basic understanding of SQL and data structures
  • Experience with test automation tools a plus

Note: This is a part-time student position and is paid at an hourly rate. Graduate students are welcome to apply but this is NOT a GSA position and it is NOT an internship.

Important: Please do not submit resumès via the job site or email them. Resumès will be accepted only via the link at the end of the assessment linked to below. Resumès received in any other manner will be deleted.

How To Apply: Fill out the ACA STE skills and interests assessment prior to submitting your resumè and cover letter. Instructions on where to upload your resumè and cover letter are included at the end of the assessment. All resumès must be accompanied by a cover letter. Submit by Friday, October 16 at 11:59 pm.

May 13, 2015 HuskyBytes

Student Developer Position


UW-IT maintains a number of websites and applications in order to provide information about our services and other resources available to UW students, staff, and faculty.

The Student Developer is responsible for assisting in development and maintenance of UW-IT web and software properties. He or she fixes bugs and develops improvements for a variety of websites and applications. This position provides flexible hours and ample opportunity to learn. (more…)

May 10, 2015

U Drive File Storage Service Base Quota Increased to 20GB

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U Drive, the UW’s central personal file storage service, now offers 20GB of quota to UW students, faculty and staff. This increased capacity will help meet the needs of those with larger amounts of data. Managed by UW-IT, U Drive offers general-purpose, backed-up file storage with snapshots for self-recovery. The Student Technology Fee Committee funds the student quota; the employee quota is supported by the Technology Recharge Fee. Get more information about U Drive.

May 9, 2015


civil rights activists

Get access to one of the most famous records of the civil rights movement through the History Vault collection’s new digitized archive of documents from the Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Covering 1909 to 1972, the NAACP Papers document the realities of segregation in the early 20th century to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Produced through a partnership between the NAACP and ProQuest, its two million pages include internal memos, legal briefings, timelines and more. This UW-restricted resource is brought to you by University Libraries.

May 7, 2015

Campus Tech Talks at UW Seattle: May 13

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Information technology enthusiasts from across the UW will gather on Wednesday, May 13 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in Odegaard Undergraduate Library Room 220 to share their knowledge and experiences at the spring quarter Campus Tech Talks. Presentations include OneNote for Collaboration, Research and Documentation; Successes and Challenges With Lean/Agile Development; Release Automation and Puppet; and UW-IT Data Center Services.

April 14, 2015

UW Wi-Fi Gets Positive Ratings in Survey of Students, Faculty

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UW students and faculty are much more satisfied with Wi-Fi on campus and in instructional spaces compared with students and faculty at peer institutions, according to a 2014 survey about technology experiences at the UW and other universities. UW students also rate ease of login and network performance higher than students at other colleges. The survey is conducted every spring by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) in conjunction with UW-IT.

April 13, 2015

Survey Asks: What Is Your Experience With UW-IT?


A random sample of UW students, faculty and staff from all three campuses will be invited to complete a brief survey in early May about their experiences with UW-IT. The survey will ask about customer experiences with a selection of services including, collaborative tools, Wi-Fi, classrooms, research technologies and more. If you are invited, please take the survey to provide your feedback to UW-IT. The confidential survey will be administered by the UW Office of Educational Assessment, with results reported in the fall.

April 8, 2015

“Relevant Events” on MyUW Mobile Helps Students Maximize Their UW Experience

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UW students will soon see upcoming happenings that might be of interest to them, based on their major, on MyUW mobile’s just released “Relevant Events.” MyUW mobile pulls event data from departmental calendars that use the UW’s event calendar software, Trumba, and displays it for students. Learn more about how it works. Only calendars that run on Trumba can show events on MyUW mobile through this new integration. Departments that want to switch to Trumba can contact for assistance.

March 9, 2015

MyUW Mobile Use Has Skyrocketed

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MyUW Mobile usage has increased 90 percent, with 1.1 million pageviews since the September 2014 update was released. This and other data suggest that the updated design, informed by user study data, is meeting student needs. The site provides on-the-go access to timely information such as final grades. If you have not tried it, visit MyUW with your mobile device.

March 8, 2015

Creating Accessible Videos at the UW

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The benefits of adding captions to videos are highlighted in a new eight-minute UW-IT video featuring UW professors, students, and accessibility and IT specialists sharing their experiences. The video, Captions: Improving Access to Postsecondary Education, shows that captions not only benefit those who are deaf or hard of hearing, but also help students for whom English is not their primary language, as well as support video search and interactive transcripts. Watch Captions and get more information about creating accessible videos.