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Research Developer

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Position OverviewThe Research Engineer Senior is a leader on a high performing technology team that is focused on designing and developing next generation Bio-Analytical solutions that are cross platform compatible. Day to day activities include providing technical leadership to a team of developers responsible for designing, developing, testing, and supporting business application. The Research Engineer will collaborate with product managers and deliver robust product features and insights that improve product usability. The Research Engineer Senior is also responsible for staying current on the ever evolving technology field and identifying new tools/products that could be beneficial in Bio Analytics.
Job Description50%
  • Provide technical leadership to a team of junior developers.
  • Guide the team in design, develop and prototype solutions for extracting and analyzing pharmaceutical study data using techniques such as natural language processing, image recognition, deep learning, and machine learning.
  • Evaluate business requirements received from client and develop technical requirements for team to implement.
  • Work directly with team to develop a solid software design which is reviewed with the client.
  • Review the technical specifications documenting the required change/enhancement created by the team.
  • Provide feedback as needed to ensure developers have a solid baseline to develop their code and required unit tests.
  • Work on problems of diverse scope where analysis of situations or data requires evaluation of intangible variance factors.
  • Use working knowledge of related disciplines to provide solutions to a range of problems, and ensure solutions and/or changes are implemented.
  • Provide technical leadership/mentoring to team members as they work to complete their assignments.
  • Define quality and security as confidentiality, integrity, and availability of software, and provide clients with visibility and assurance of industry standards, quality and security practices.
  • Actively participate with development team by providing standards for data capture and safety data, assessing the overall quality of data and identifying and escalating key data issues, trends or patterns that may pose overall analysis and/or data quality concerns.
  • Evaluate ongoing changes within the industry to identify opportunities to enhance/improve the application.
  • Evaluate new releases of all technology components used in business solutions.
  • Recommend technology upgrades for the summer release, the value and risk associated with each upgrade, and the recommended upgrade approach with detailed development plan.
  • Participate in development of grant proposals and/or responses to Requests for Proposals.
  • May participate in demonstrations as required in the solicitation.
  • Maintain project status report.
Position RequirementsRemote/Telework Required Qualifications
    Master’s Degree with 5 years related experience, or Bachelor’s Degree with 8 years of related experience in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering or other related field.4 years experience developing and maintaining high-performance / high volume cloud-based applications using Angular, Python and AWS Serverless services (Lambda, API Gateway, Cognito, CloudFormation (SAM), AWS Step functions, DynamoDB, S3)3 years experience with AI and Machine learning.3 years experience in statistical analysis using R/SAS/StataExperience with JavaScript frameworks as evidenced by application materials.Experience with 21 CFR Part 11/GxPs/ISO 27001 as evidenced by application materials
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete application includes:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
Review of applications begins September 13th 2021 and will continue until a successful candidate is identified. First consideration given to applicants whose materials are received by the initial review date. Advertised Salary Range90,000 – 110,000 Work ScheduleM-F 8:30-5:00 Application Review Begins29-Sep-2021 Anticipated Start Date04-Oct-2021


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Join the University of Kansas, and you’ll become part of a Jayhawk family that spans the globe. Wear your KU shirt in London, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Nairobi or anywhere else, and you will likely hear a resounding “Rock Chalk!” from a stranger. Of course, the appropriate response is an enthusiastic “Jayhawk!” Because, after all, they’re not really strangers, they’re family.

The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

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The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

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The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.


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KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.


The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

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KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

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Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

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