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Senior Computer Specialist (Project/Non-Permanent)
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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity and justice for all.

The Mullins Lab in the School of Medicine’s Department of Microbiology is seeking to hire a Non-Permanent Senior Computer Specialist to develop and maintain scientific computational resources. This position is important to the daily functioning of a 9-person research lab. The candidate will work closely with existing staff and scientists as well as other research groups to ensure the computational resources of the lab run smoothly and meet the needs of researchers.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Collaborate with existing lead staff to develop and maintain scientific computational resources, including databases, locally-developed applications, third-party software, and computational infrastructure. Working with current technology and best practices from software engineering, the candidate will be expected to:

•Develop and maintain several web-based laboratory data platforms.
•Create coherent and integrated software systems and databases for biological problems in the development of HIV treatment and vaccines
•Interview lab members and collaborators to inform new laboratory platform functionality
•Develop tools and utilities to provide a unified environment for broad computational tasks
•Investigate, procure, and configure bioinformatics software for integration with existing workflows and resources
•Plan, implement, and maintain physical and virtual server infrastructure to meet research needs of the lab
•Rapidly acquire domain knowledge when necessary to communicate with users and collaborators and understand project requirements

Transfer computing expertise and programming skills to lab members through consultation and mentorship

Support and maintain lab member desktop computers and desktops enabling instrument use; assist with other computing-related tasks as needed

REQUIRED

•Bachelor's degree in computer science, informatics, software engineering or related field
•Two to three years of job-related experience

We expect a successful applicant to have professional experience with all of the following tools and techniques:

•a high-level programming language, such as Java, Python, Ruby, Perl, or JavaScript
•a relational database system, such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, or SQL Server
•software version control, such as Git, Mercurial, or Subversion
•data analysis using programmable (R, Python, SAS…) or graphical (Excel, GraphPad Prism…) tools
•interactive web development using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

DESIRED

We expect an applicant will be more successful if they also have:

•a history of working on large, pre-existing code bases
•comfort working in multiple programming languages
•experience managing and debugging a full-stack environment
•strong written and verbal communication skills
•excellent attention to detail
•background in bioinformatics, especially nucleic acid sequence analysis.


Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter, and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.