Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This opportunity is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the McDonnell Genome Institute. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
Position provides computer support by developing, implementing, documenting and running computer systems and programs. Responsible for aspects of planning and directing systems development and enhancement.
The McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University has an opening for a talented software engineer in the Bioinformatics group. The position will work with an experienced group of software engineers to develop software supporting the tracking of laboratory data and analysis processes to support genomic research projects. Specifically the migration from two in-house legacy systems onto a new off-the-shelf commercial product. The McDonnell Genome Institute has been at the forefront of genome research since its inception in 1993 and has been a part of major scientific endeavors such as the Human Genome Project. The McDonnell Genome Institute is a world-leader in the generation and analysis of genomic sequence data and uses this data to extend biological knowledge of the human genome and provide clinically relevant sequence analysis aimed at understanding human diseases (such as cancer and Alzheimer's disease). In addition, the Institute fosters public understanding of genomic science through various educational and outreach efforts.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Works to understand client business functions and requirements, develops alternate solutions to meet those requirements and may, when necessary, manage a small project team to implement solutions.
Independently maintains and enhances complex programs by performing full range of programming, testing and debugging.
Provides leadership and training for lower level programmer and analysts.
Writes documentation to describe program development, logic, coding and corrections. May write instructions for users to describe installations and operating procedures.
Periodically reviews status of assigned tasks and provides supervisor with status report.
Develops and maintains third and fourth generation software code for development projects.
Equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in computer programming with three to five years of experience as a programmer analyst.
Understanding of on-line environments, mainframe or UNIX systems and data communication principles.
Proficiency in Python.
Talent and love for writing software, is interested in developing that skill, and applying it in a production environment.
Ability to learn new things on a regular basis, think critically, and collaborate with other developers across groups.
The environment is fast-paced and a person who likes to get things done will find a lot of opportunity.
Ability to design, test, debug, and assist with problem analysis.
Skill in abstract software design, object-oriented architecture, relational data modeling, and web interface design will be used frequently, which will require thorough knowledge of each concept. The applicant will use these skills to develop software that will: interface with people and/or laboratory equipment, process and analyze large data sets on a compute cluster, and provide intuitive web based interfaces to the specifications of the laboratory managers and technicians.
Experience with other dynamically typed languages (Ruby, Perl, Lisp, etc.) is a plus.
Understanding of relational databases and SQL will be helpful.
Familiarity with open source technologies, version control software, such as git, and programming in a network environment are also assets.
Knowledge of or experience with laboratory procedures would be valuable. For the right candidate (those with experience with Laboratory Information Management Systems for wet laboratories, especially the ESP platform from L7 Informatics) part or full-time remote work may be an option.
The hiring range for this position is $64,854 - $84,365 annually.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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