Virtual Reality Network Programmer, Defense Critical Language and Cultural Program



The Defense Critical Language and Culture Program (DCLCP) at the Mansfield Center, University of Montana, invites applications for the position of a VR Network Programmer . The person in this position will develop and manage a multi-player capability for its ongoing Virtual Reality (VR) tool development project. This VR tool enables our students to navigate a VR environment to practice and test language and culture skills.

Using Unreal Engine software (Blueprints / C++), the person assigned to this position will develop and manage a multi-player capability for students to use the VR tool to interact with each other and instructors. The individual in this role will establish and manage a networked multi-player system supporting several training locations. The employee occupying this position will develop multi-player capabilities, establish network servers, maintain and monitor servers, navigate client U.S. government firewalls protocols, and manage the network system.

Once the multi-player capability is established, the person in this position will also assist the VR developer with VR asset modification and asset management.

Position duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Write clean, well-tested, performant code
  • Write and maintain technical design and software system documentation
  • Create and improve VR and AR interaction systems
  • Provide software configuration and management support; manage network
  • Provide immersive environment system enhancement and software integration
  • Modify Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) to continuously improve the user experience within this environment.
  • Participate in weekly meetings with team members; ensure effective communication and collaboration within the section.


The individual assigned to this position will be expected to carry out routine and unusual duties described herein with a high degree of independence and a minimum of supervision. The person assigned to this role will be expected to exercise sound judgment in decision-making and resourcefulness as part of a team.



Required Skills
  • Experience in Unreal Engine development with C#/C++/JavaScript proficiency
  • Experience or strong interest working on multiplayer games
  • Strong teamwork, interpersonal, and communications skills, including the ability to work and lead diverse groups of individuals and create and maintain effective working relationships.
  • High capacity to organize, prioritize, pay attention to detail, solve problems and make decisions with autonomy and with proper treatment of confidential and sensitive information.
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify solutions, and take action regarding the issues that arise.
  • Ability to follow best practices, development processes, and coding standards
  • Able to identify opportunities for improving our general or application workflows, and implement these changes
  • Ability to grasp the complexity of project planning and implementation, including scope of work, time estimation and resource allocation
  • Ability to manage work autonomously, multi-task, and meet fast evolving deadlines with a curiosity and passion for building rich user experiences
  • Ability to prioritize, plan, and organize work
  • Must be an effective communicator, both verbally and written
  • A great attitude with an emphasis on design excellence


Minimum Required Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalency) in computer science or a related discipline, in addition to two (2) years of closely related experience; or any combination of experience and education that provides the competencies necessary to successfully discharge the duties and responsibilities assigned to the position.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in Virtual Reality development
  • Unity 3D (or alternative 3D software) development experience


About the Defense Critical Language and Culture Program, UM , and Missoula

DCLCP focuses on providing a significant contribution to the DoD’s diverse language education requirements, and the broad cultural and regional study imperatives associated with U.S. National Security objectives. DCLCP has leveraged the academic capabilities of the University of Montana and designed a program to provide our DoD military students an optimal academic experience that fortifies them with a deep cultural understanding of their target language’s region and its people, as well as a language fluency consistent with their diverse needs.

The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with over 10,000 students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 72,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “ top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000 ” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine’s “ The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” in 2014 . Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life . Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.



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Position Details

Position Title: Computer Software Engineer/Appl I

Position Number: New

Department: Defense Critical Language and Culture Program (DCLCP)

Work Schedule: Full-time, 1.0 FTE (40 Hours a week), Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 12 months/year,

Salary: $27.410/hr - For questions and details regarding the staff compensation plan, email the Compensation Department .

Union Affiliation: FOCUS - MFPE

Probationary Period: Six months minimum

Benefits Include : Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Application Deadline: Wednes day, May 12, 2021 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Candidates are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below.

*Please note, only five (5) attachments allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience.
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.


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Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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