The Design, Automation, Manufacturing, and Prototyping (DAMP) laboratory lab focuses on the design, construction, and test of novel biological systems in a fast, standard, cost-effective, and reproducible manner.
The lab is looking for a staff software engineer to develop computational tools focused on lab automation of biological experiments related to SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19) screening, performed by experimentalists of the wet lab. Due to the increasing demand of SARS-CoV-2 patient and community sample testing in 2020, to increase the testing capacity of Boston University, the DAMP lab developed a dedicated large-scale facility for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) diagnostic infrastructure (DAMP-COVID lab), equipped with liquid handler robots, RT-qPCR machines, other automation pieces.
The expert engineer will develop and improve computational software tools for the fully automated hardware workflow of the DAMP lab. They will collaborate with biologists, engineers, designers, and lab managers to execute on a broad range of projects, from building new features to improve user experience, to architecting infrastructure to support a fast-growing user base and research needs. Further, the candidate will program, create protocols, manage deployment, and maintain all computer hardware and software to ensure the smooth running of computer systems, under the direct supervision of the DAMP lab manager.
Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Bioinformatics, or other relevant life science fields
4+ years of experience in software development.
Full Stack Web development experience
Skilled at prioritizing tasks to deliver on goals with a sense of urgency.
Ability to work well with a team in a fast-paced environment and work independently.
Be familiar with the software development life cycle, from system analysis to tests and deployment, Git (for management of source code), basic algorithms, and object-oriented programming.
Experience with multiple programming languages with the ability to switch between them (Python, Ruby on Rails, Java, PHP, Scala, and Go, with Swift, Kotlin, among others)
Besides performing the essential functions mentioned above, the candidate will have the opportunity to learn on creating detailed quotes for customers and writing scientific methods and reports for scientific journals, by working closely with the lab manager.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
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