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Computational Biologist/Web Developer

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 10/10/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 12/09/2017
Working Title Computational Biologist/Web Developer
Job Classification Systems/Programmer II
Department Name 35256-Med-Drug Discovery Institute
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0135691
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh’s Drug Discovery Institute (UPDDI) is developing and implementing a web-based Microphysiology database (MPS-Db) for the capture and analysis of data from various microphysiological organ models as part of the Tissue-Chip-Testing-Center program sponsored by NCATS.

The requirements for the database include aggregation, analysis, and management of MPS data; integration of MPS data with human and animal exposure data; and the evaluation of MPS results with respect to a reference and clinical data. The MPS-Db was designed and developed to provide user access through the Internet and to access and retrieve relevant data from other Internet databases. We will be extending the MPS-Db to support the development of microphysiological disease models under the Disease Modeling and Efficacy Testing (MPS-DMET) program, also sponsored by NCATS.

The Computational Biologist/Web Developer will work with our current Database/Web developer and be responsible for the development, deployment, and support of all the MPS-DMET software components of the MPS-Db, including schema design, user interfaces, computational analysis and modeling software, connections to remote databases, and for supporting the timely import and dissemination of assay data and results. The incumbent must have a strong technical background with good teamwork and communication skills, be able to work closely with collaborators, and must be able to articulate plans, problems, and solutions to team members. The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to develop robust processes and procedures for thorough hardware, software, and application testing. Knowledge and experience in machine learning, bioinformatics, and statistical analysis are required. Prior software development experience is required. Candidates should be familiar with the following items in the MPS-Db development stack: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Django/Python, PostgreSQL, NGINX, uWSGI, Linux/Unix

The incumbent will work closely with other project members to implement and test a web application using Python, Javascript, and other tools as necessary, and to implement project algorithms. He/she will also be the primary individual responsible for maintaining the project code base, databases, and website. The incumbent will also have the opportunity to participate in performing evaluations that involve applying project algorithms to predict clinical outcomes based on test data. The Incumbent must demonstrate proficiency by means of code samples or detailed discussion of the implementations. A strong technical background along with good teamwork and communication skills are required so that that programmer can work closely with customers when necessary and can articulate plans, problems, and solutions clearly to team members. The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to develop processes and procedures for thorough hardware, software and application testing requires attention to detail and precision.

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 2-3 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

• BS in Computational Biology, Computer Science, Medical Informatics or a related field, or demonstrated experience in web application design and development with modern programming languages (e.g., Python, Javascript),
• Familiarity with popular APIs, frameworks, and technologies (e.g. jQuery, Django, AJAX).
• Experience with Linux userspace tools including Bash scripting
• Experience with Git version control
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to take initiative and work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary and national team

Required Licenses/Certifications
Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree or will have completed one by the end of this current term?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  3. * Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter