Computational Science Manager II

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Job Location: 
Cold Spring Harbor, New York
Based on experience

Comprehensive benefits package

Job Description: 

The Ware Lab at the world renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory studies genome organization and evolution in plants and builds extensive software infrastructure to enable both research activity and community access.

We work in a collaborative environment made up of enthusiastic scientists and software engineers, engaged in both large-scale open-science systems-biology projects, such as Gramene, KBase, and iPlant, as well as more focused, experimentally validated research studies. The lab is funded by a number of grants from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy, and the US Department of Agriculture.

We are seeking a driven, experienced software engineer to work on such projects and other lab processes and activities. You will become an integral member of a multidisciplinary team that drives the vision of the projects to success. You will collaborate with internal and external partners on several initiatives, from architecting data flows to implementing cool visualizations.

Your job duties will include building web-based data visualizations and dynamic interfaces for public project portals. You will design, develop, and maintain web and backend applications for interfacing with public APIs, SQL databases, and large data sets. You will demonstrate the design and product of your work in internal meetings and at academic conferences. You will lead technical discussions and actively participate in code reviews and peer mentoring.


Position Requirements:

As a candidate for this position, you are technically flexible and comfortable with rapid prototyping and frequent interaction with individuals at varying levels of technical expertise. You’re a leader. You have a demonstrated passion for writing quality opensource software. You release your code early and often. You love test-driven development. You have excellent communication skills and can translate scientific challenges into practical software solutions. You seek knowledge and intellectual growth.

Required skills:
● Master’s degree in computer science or related field
● Extensive programming experience in Perl, JavaScript, and SQL
● Extensive knowledge of web technologies such as HTML and CSS
● Thorough understanding of MVC and web design patterns
● Proficiency in object-oriented design and development
● Strong experience in data structures and software design
● Proficiency in web optimization
● Extensive experience in unit and acceptance testing
● Proficiency in Git and sourcecode management
● Experience in virtualization and cloud computing
● Extensive knowledge of Linux server environments
● Excellent verbal and writing skills

Desired skills:
● Proficiency in JavaScript frameworks like D3, AngularJS, RequireJS, jQuery, and Bootstrap
● Experience with web API design
● Proficiency in relational and nonrelational databases
● Experience in dynamic, interactive data visualizations
● Experience working with large databases and datasets, as well as ETL operations
● Experience with Drupal or other content-management systems
● Proficiency with machine learning techniques
● Experience with natural language processing and information retrieval
● Experience in agile methodologies such as pair programming, continuous integration, and refactoring.

Contact Information: 

If interested, please apply for this position at:

Position Number 00853-R

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer

About Our Organization: 

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a world-renowned, private research and education institution with research programs in Cancer, Neuroscience, Plant Biology, Quantitative Biology, and Bioinformatics & Genomics. The research environment is highly collaborative, allowing CSHL scientists to work together across disciplines to solve biology’s most challenging problems. The ultimate goal is to apply this research on basic biological mechanisms to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, neurological disorders and other diseases.