Lead Developer

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Lead Developer

Stanford University

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Stanford University, School of Medicine, Department of Genetics is seeking a Lead Developer in Dr. J. Michael Cherry's group.The applicant is expected to lead a team of 3 to 5 other developers in the continued development of the ENCODE Data Coordination Center and Portal (http://www.encodeproject.org).
Qualified candidates are expected to lead and contribute to all phases of software development at ENCODE, including systems analysis, program design, development, and implementation.

Duties include:

  • Propose, conceptualize, design, implement, and develop solutions for difficult and complex applications independently.
  • Supervise professional staff, as necessary, working on all phases of application development projects.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve complex technical problems.
  • Review the physical design of existing systems for optimizing performance.
  • Lead projects, as necessary, for special systems and application development in areas of complex problems.
  • Work with other technical professionals to develop standards and implement best practices.
* - Other duties may also be assigned.
  • Experience with creating and maintaining complex web applications
  • Expertise in Python and modern Javascript
  • Experience with Elasticsearch or Lucene
  • Experience with JSON and RESTful services as data interchange format
  • Substantial git expertise
  • Significant UNIX experience
  • Experience in track record building maintainable software packages
  • Experience with AWS and cloud deployment
  • Experience with modern software testing practices and schemes


Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Ability to quickly learn and adapt to new technologies and programming tools.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, developing, testing, and deploying applications.
  • Strong understanding of data design, architecture, relational databases, and data modeling.
  • Thorough understanding of all aspects of software development life cycle and quality control practices.
  • Ability to define and solve logical problems for highly technical applications.
  • Strong communication skills with both technical and non-technical clients.
  • Demonstrated experience leading activities on structured team development projects.
  • Ability to select, adapt, and effectively use a variety of programming methods.
  • Ability to recognize and recommend needed changes in user and/or operations procedures.



  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently sit, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, writing by hand.
  • Rarely use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


May work extended hours, evening and weekends.


Location: School of Medicine, California, United States
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To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: stanfordcareers.stanford.edu

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.





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Posted: 5/7/2018
Application Due: 6/6/2018
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