Senior Software Engineer

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2010009 BSD - Center for Data Intensive Science

About the Unit
The Center for Data Intensive Science at the University of Chicago is a research center pioneering translational data science to advance biology, medicine, and environmental research. Data driven research approaches require interdisciplinary innovation in computing technology, algorithms, and statistical models. The growing volume of data available necessitates advances in the sophistication of these methods. Our work centers around developing instruments to integrate commons of complex data with cloud computing technology. We architect large scale commons of research data, computing resources, applications, tools, services. Our guiding principles center around open data, open-source software, and open infrastructure. Through this approach, we can more effectively use data at scale to study and pursue scientific inquiry in the areas of biology, medicine, healthcare, and the environment. We are leaders in data sharing, democratizing access for the broader research community and accelerating discovery. Our leadership emerged with the launch of the first open-source cloud-based computational research platform recognized as an NIH Trusted Partner, achieving rigorous data quality and data management service requirements. Today we offer over seven petabytes of rich research data through the following data commons platforms: NCI Genomic Data Commons, Brain Commons, Bionimbus Protected Data Cloud, Blood Profiling Atlas for Cancer, OCC Environmental Data Commons, and Open Science Data Cloud We are based in Chicago, but our work engages collaborators from across the world.

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Job Summary:

A Senior Software Engineer in the Center for Data Intensive Science manages all aspects of programming projects, including requirements, design, implementation, deployment/delivery, and support.

Research includes the full stack from systems to algorithms to user interfaces. Research projects span management, sharing, and provenance of large data sets; resource allocation and scheduling for cloud computing, large scale pipelining of next-generation sequence analysis, transfer programs/protocols for high-speed networks and resource visualization.


  • Leads team efforts and oversees the work of other technical team members.
  • Provides technical oversight and develops standards, guidelines, and processes for applications.
  • Reviews the design and code development of key architectural components.
  • Contributes to decisions on project and infrastructure needs, including the evaluation of server technologies, languages, platforms, and frameworks.
  • Develops timelines, technical diagrams, project plans, and resources allocation in an agile methodology.
  • Works with cloud computing infrastructure primarily based on OpenStack to design, develop, maintain, and evaluate software applications to meet business and technical requirements.
  • Works in Linux-based systems in Python and C/C++, with some Java, Ruby and various web programming.
  • Oversees code testing and ensures appropriate standards are met.
  • Works with users, collaborators, and technical staff to resolve problems and respond to feedback regarding potential improvements and enhancements.
  • Ensures appropriate documentation Serves as a liaison with internal and external collaborators on multiple research projects.

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.

  • Ability to prioritize and manage workload to meet critical project milestones and deadlines required.
  • Ability and willingness to acquire new programming languages, statistical and computational methods, and background in research area required.
  • Ability to lead a collaborative team environment required.
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical staff required.
  • Knowledge of software development best practices.
  • Confidentiality related to sensitive matters such as strategic initiatives, trade secrets, quiet periods, and scientific discoveries yet to be put in the public domain.

Additional Requirements

  • Master's degree in computer science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, or a related field required.
  • PhD in mathematics, computer science, engineering, or a related field preferred.

  • Minimum five (5) 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
  • Experience with full design life cycle required.
  • High performance/ cloud computing experience preferred.
  • Unix/Linux programming or system administration experience preferred.
  • UX/UI experience preferred.
  • DevOps experience preferred.
  • Git version control experience preferred.
  • Experience with genomics preferred.
  • Experience creating development specifications, use cases, and other development related documentation
  • Project management experience preferred.

Working Conditions
  • Requires some domestic travel.

Physical Effort
  • Ability to sit for 4 hours or more.
  • Ability to travel to various off-campus locations.
  • Ability to travel to various on-campus locations.
  • Ability to use computers extensively for 4 hours of more.

Preferred Documents
  • Cover Letter
  • Code Sample

Required Documents
  • Resume
  • References

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 3/23/2018
Application Due: 5/22/2018
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