[Bioperl-l] Informatics job opportunity at NESCent

Hilmar Lapp hlapp at drycafe.net
Fri Mar 4 23:26:25 UTC 2011

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interested in job opportunities.  In my defense, quite a few people on  
Bio* lists might qualify for (let alone enjoy) the position. And if  
you know someone who might be interested please forward.)

User Interface Design and Web Application Developer

The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) seeks a creative  
and enthusiastic individual to design user interfaces and web  
applications for scientific applications. The incumbent will work as  
part of a small informatics team in close collaboration with domain  

NESCent is an NSF-funded center dedicated to cross-disciplinary  
research in evolutionary science. Our informatics team works closely  
with visiting and resident scientists to support their custom software  
and database development needs. All NESCent software products are open- 
source, and the Center has a number of initiatives to actively promote  
collaborative development of community software resources  
(informatics.nescent.org). Above all, we are enthusiastic about our  
work, about the mission of the Center, and about the contribution of  
informatics to that mission.

Job description: The incumbent will design and develop user interfaces  
and web applications for databases and other software tools for  
sponsored scientists and staff. The job responsibilities include all  
stages of the software development process, including requirements  
gathering, design, implementation, release packaging and  
documentation, as part of a small team (typically 2-3 individuals)  
following project management best practices. We expect the incumbent  
to present their work at conferences and contribute to publications  
with scientific collaborators; interact regularly with visiting and  
resident scientists, other members of the informatics team and Center  
staff; and generally serve as an expert resource for Center personnel.  
The position provides opportunities for professional development. Most  
informatics staff work at our Durham NC offices, located adjacent to  
Duke University, but we do support a wide range of technologies for  
virtual communication with off-site staff and collaborators.

Required Qualifications:
* Demonstrated success collaborating with clients on custom software  
* Experience with various stages of the software development cycle
* Expertise in development and testing of user interface designs
* Excellent communication skills, both virtual and face-to-face
* A four-year college degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics or a  
related field

Preferred Qualifications:
* M.S. or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Bioinformatics or related field  
along with demonstrated interest in science, particularly biology
* Expertise in rapid application development and respective  
programming technologies and languages (e.g., modern scripting  
languages and web-application frameworks such as Python/Django, Ruby/ 
Ruby-on-Rails, and Perl/Catalyst), fluency in Java programming, and  
prior experience in relational database programming (PostgreSQL or  
* Expertise in dynamic and interactive web technologies (JavaScript,  
CGI), web service (SOAP, REST, XML, JSON) and semantic web technologies
* Experience with open-source, and collaborative, software  
development, software usability design and assessment
* Expertise in graphic design, data visualization and/or scientific  
data integration

How to apply: Please send cover letter, resume and contact information  
for three references to Dr. Karen Cranston, Training Coordinator and  
Bioinformatics Project Manager (karen.cranston at nescent.org). Review of  
applications will begin March 21, 2011. Informal inquires or requests  
for additional information may be directed to Dr. Cranston by email or  
phone (+1-919-613-2275).

: Hilmar Lapp -:- Durham, NC -:- hlapp at drycafe dot net :

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