Associate Scientific Software Engineer

Job Description

The Center for Personalized Diagnostics at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University is seeking a highly motivated individual who will be responsible for the design, development, testing, maintenance, and technical support of innovative bioinformatics software for use in scientific research. The Assoc. Scientific Research Software Engineer will design and develop high quality innovative applications, tools and utilities required for Bioinformatics analysis to accelerate scientific research and gain insights into genes and proteins involved in human diseases and investigate their biological functions.

Additionally, the successful candidate will develop and support advanced software for the ASU Biodesign Clinical Testing Lab to provide advanced, high throughput COVID-19 Testing throughout Arizona and the southwest region. As a member of the Informatics Team, the successful candidate will work closely with research scientists, statisticians, and lab staff to create, deliver, and support high quality innovative research software applications and databases using bioinformatics, data management, software programming and web development skills.


Essential Duties

Selected candidate will become a member of the Center for Personalized Diagnostics informatics team in the Biodesign Institute focusing on:

1. Designing, implementing, testing, and delivering innovative scientific software for advanced research applications,

2. Developing high quality web-based software and database applications,

3. Creating, testing, and supporting high throughput bioinformatics tools and utility software,

4. Interacting, training, and working with research scientists and Lab users on how to use software and solve problems,

5. Analyzing and writing software functionality requirements, designs specifications, manuals, and user guides, and

6. Distributing developed software to the worldwide scientific community

These tools are being developed and used for functional proteomic research applications including clinical lab testing, high-throughput cloning, automated clone evaluation, machine/deep learning, biomarker discovery, microarray processing and biomedical advanced research and development projects.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field 3-years prior experience developing software in a research environment; OR any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology or related field of study and three years' work experience developing high quality software in a research environment; OR any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. 
  • Evidence of a software development and database background with technologies such as MySQL, Java, Python, PHP, AngularJS, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, XML, Apache, Tomcat and Linux desired.
  • Evidence of a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology or related field of study and two or more years of full-time software development experience are sought.
  • Experience in data management, graphical user interface, visualization, analytics and database skills.
  • Experience with software design, development and technical support of bioinformatics applications.
  • Experience with systems integration; machine and deep learning.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of LIMS (Laboratory Information Management Systems), process technology and robotics to support high throughput functional biology and proteomics a plus.
  • Excellent communications, teamwork and interpersonal skills essential.

Working Environment

Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse; Frequently required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work ; Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds. Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts; Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions. Instruments used include calculator, telephone, computer (monitor, keyboard and mouse), printer, fax, and copier.

Department Statement

For the fifth year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative school in the nation, recognizing the university's culture of groundbreaking research and partnerships, as well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all five years the category has existed. ASU Knowledge Enterprise advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and international development. Our success arises from solutions focused, interdisciplinary research; an entrepreneurial approach that is embedded in every school and department; and a commitment to transform society in a positive way.

The Biodesign Institute Center for Personalized Diagnostics fosters better health through early detection and treatment.

Our investigators focus on identifying predictive biomarkers and understanding the molecular underpinnings of human diseases. By understanding their molecular details, we raise the odds of detecting diseases early and intervening to improve patients’ lives.

We use a wide range of investigative approaches, including making direct molecular changes inside and outside cells to observe outcomes; collecting and cataloging biomolecular measurements of patient samples at the full-system scale; developing biostatistical models based on large-scale data; evaluating big data using computational biology, metabolomics and genetic methods; and employing machine and deep learning to classify human disease.

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Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

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Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

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Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


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