Software Engineer

Mar 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Center for Data Intensive Science is a research center that focuses on data science and its applications to problems in biology, medicine, and health care. We develop technology to manage, analyze and share large biomedical datasets and apply this technology to make discoveries in biology, medicine and health care. Broadly speaking, we are focused on the emerging field of translational data science. We work with the research community through partnerships and consortia that share our vision. CDIS is hosting several large projects at the University of Chicago: - The NCI Genomic Data Commons (GDC) is a unified knowledge base that promotes sharing of genomic and clinical data between researchers and facilitates precision medicine in oncology. The NCI GDC breaks down barriers by bringing cancer genomics datasets and associated clinical data into one location that any researcher may access, and "harmonizing" the data so that datasets that were generated with different protocols can be studied side by side. Then, by making these data available using modern computing and network technology, the GDC makes it possible for any researcher to ask new and fundamental questions about cancer. - The Bionimbus Protected Data Cloud (PDC) is the first open-source cloud-based computational platform that allows researchers authorized by NIH to compute over human genomic data in a secure and compliant fashion. Bionimbus and related cloud-based infrastructure are used by researchers working on cancer, diabetes and neuropsychiatric disorders. - The Biomedical Commons Cloud (BCC) is cloud-based infrastructure that we are developing for a consortium of medical research centers and commercial partners that provides secure, compliant cloud services for managing and analyzing genomic data, electronic medical records (EMR), medical images, and other PHI data. It provides resources to researchers so they can more easily make discoveries from large complex controlled access datasets. - The Open Science Data Cloud (OSDC) provides the scientific community with resources for storing, sharing, and analyzing terabyte and petabyte-scale scientific datasets. The OSDC is a data science ecosystem in which researchers can house and share their own scientific data, access complementary public datasets, build and share customized virtual machines with whatever tools necessary to analyze their data, and perform the analysis to answer their research questions. Both the BCC and OSDC are collaborations with the not-for-profit Open Cloud Consortium.

Unit Job Summary: A software engineer in the Center for Data Intensive Science works with cloud computing infrastructure primarily based on OpenStack to develop, maintain, and evaluate software applications to meet business and technical requirements. Works in Linux-based systems in Python with some C/C++ and Go and various web technologies. Solves complex problems and performs at a high technical level in programming activities. Executes code testing and ensures appropriate standards are met. Provides production and user support. Serves as a liaison with internal and external collaborators on various research projects. Documents project development and programming code. Coding includes the full stack including systems orchestration, API development, algorithms and data structures, and user interfaces. Projects span management, sharing, and provenance of large data sets; automation, metrics, and scheduling for cloud computing, large scale pipelining of next-generation sequence analysis, transfer programs/protocols for high-speed networks and resource visualization. Perform other duties as assigned. Please attach a code sample to your application. This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance. If this position is eliminated due to the discontinuation of grant funding, a minimum of one pay period's written notice (If exempt: 30 days, If non-exempt: 2 weeks), or pay in-lieu of notice will be given.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in computer science or another relevant computer related field required.

Unit Experience: Minimum two (2) years of relevant programming experience required. Experience using applications such as Python, C/C++, Java, or Ruby required. Unix/Linux experience required. Version control experience required. High performance/ cloud computing experience preferred. Unix/Linux programming or system administration experience preferred. UX/UI experience preferred. Git version control experience preferred. Experience with genomics preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to prioritize and manage workload tomeet critical project milestones and deadlines required. Attention to detail required. Ability and willingness to acquire new programming languages, statistical and computational methods, and background in research area required. Ability to work in a collaborative team environment required.

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