IT Programmer 1

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86773 Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering

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Job Summary:

The Programmer will design, develop, test, and document software for bioinformatics projects which include a variety of different bioinformatics based applications. Develop and test new software based on design specifications developed in collaboration with other universities, labs and organizations. Play a key role in redesigning and implementing the web-interface and back-end for MG-RAST.

NOTE: This position is grant funded through June 30, 2019 with possibility of renewal.


  • Tasks include the development and maintenance of novel components of MG-RAST system.

  • Knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures of software development
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to use analytical and quantitative skills and diagnostic techniques to resolve problems
  • Ability to manage complex technical details
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical staff
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Confidentiality related to sensitive University matters such as, strategic initiatives, trade secrets, quiet periods, and scientific discoveries yet to be put in the public domain
  • Ability to work on a flexible schedule which will include occasional late night and/or weekend hours

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or another relevant computer related field required
  • Advanced degree in mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field preferred
  • Dual degree or concentration in system design preferred

  • 2-5 years experience in the design and implementation of bioinformatics tools and applications required
  • Minimum of two years experience with software development preferred
  • At least one year experience working in biological applications preferred

Required Technical Knowledge or Skills (optional)
  • Python, go-lang, perl, shell language skills
  • Eamiliarity with Linux, kubernetes, containers
  • Github experience
  • “Cloud” development experience
  • Experience with testing frameworks (Travis-CI, Jenkins)
  • Databases (SQL/no-SQL), including but not limited to MySQL, Cassandra, SOLR, ES,
  • Experience with RESTful APIs

Required Documents:
  • Resume, Cover Letter, and Reference list

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 Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 11/22/2018
Application Due: 1/10/2019
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