[Bioperl-l] Job opportunity: User Interface Design and Web Application Developer

Hilmar Lapp hlapp at drycafe.net
Mon Aug 1 18:36:27 EDT 2011

(Apologies if you have received this already or if this is considered  
spam - we're trying to reach out as broad as possible and I know that  
quite a few in the Bio* communities would be well qualified. Please  
feel free to pass on to anyone who might be interested, or might know  
someone who is.)

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 that manage, analyze,  
visualize and share data in support of evolutionary research. The  
incumbent will work as part of a small informatics team in close  
collaboration with domain scientists.

NESCent (http://nescent.org) 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 (http://informatics.nescent.org 
), and collaborates broadly with other biodiversity informatics  
projects.  All NESCent software products are open-source, and the  
Center has a number of initiatives to actively promote collaborative  
development of community software resources. 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).   
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 and encourages research into new  
technologies. Most informatics staff work at our Durham NC offices,  
located adjacent to Duke University, but we support a wide range of  
technologies for virtual communication with off-site staff and  

Salary range: $70,000 - $80,000, depending on education and experience

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

Preferred Qualifications:
* M.S. or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Bioinformatics or related field
* Demonstrated interest in science, particularly biology
* Expertise in dynamic and interactive web technologies (JavaScript,  
* 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).
* Expertise in graphic design
* Expertise in data visualization and/or scientific data integration
* Expertise in software usability design and assessment
* Expertise in web service (SOAP, REST, XML, JSON) and semantic web  
* Fluency in Java programming
* Prior experience in relational database programming  (PostgreSQL or  
* Experience with open-source, and collaborative, software development

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);  Please  
also complete the online application at the University of North  
Carolina HR website: http://bit.ly/r9HQ8r. Informal inquires or  
requests for additional information may be directed to Dr. Cranston by  
email or phone (+1-919-613-2275). Closing date is August 15, 2011.

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

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