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Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


The Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology is comprised of highly-skilled and diverse talent founded on a culture of scientific excellence, trust, curiosity, passion, and collaboration that drives our desire to advance scientific frontiers and make bold new discoveries with our users. 


KBase is a collection of 5 National Laboratories collaborating to meet the key challenges of systems biology. KBase integrates biological data sets and analysis tools into a unified, extensible web-based platform allowing collaborative generation and testing of hypotheses about biological functions. The long-term goal is to help researchers understand how plants and microbes interact with and affect each other and environmental processes and how these interactions could be harnessed for sustainable bioenergy and environmental solutions.

 

The Software Developer will join a supportive and diverse team of engineers and scientists using a modern tech stack and contemporary software development practices to build high-quality, innovative, and performant software. In addition, the Software Developer will have opportunities to work on a wide range of software development tasks, including UI design, data integration, scientific visualization, high-performance computing and bioinformatic algorithm development.


What You Will Do:

The KBase Software Developer (Level 2) may work independently on projects of small to medium scope, and collaborate with more senior engineering staff on more complex projects.

  • Work with other KBase project members to implement software to meet stakeholder needs.

  • Work closely with users of the analysis software to ensure that their needs are being met, including testing and debugging.

  • Interact with junior and senior staff members inside and outside of the project.

  • Execute full lifecycle software development with modern source control and engineering methodologies.

  • Integrate software components into a fully functional software system.

  • Develop software verification plans and quality assurance procedures.

  • Document and maintain software functionality.


The KBase Software Developer (Level 3) in addition to all of the Level 2 requirements, is also capable of working independently or leading work on complex projects.

  • Evaluate and make recommendations from a list of technical alternatives based on ease of use, technical merit and stability.

  • Develop functional prototypes for evaluation from brief specifications.

  • Seek out documentation, reference materials and support communities for new technologies encountered.

  • Work on engineering projects from conception to release into production.

  • Interact effectively with peers and more senior staff members to resolve ambiguities, arrive at a consensus for action and make technical decisions. May coordinate the activities of other personnel as Team Lead.


What is Required: 

Requirements for Software Developer Level 2:

  • Typically requires a minimum of 5 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Microbiology, Genetics, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics or Computational Biology/Biochemistry.; or 3 years and a Master’s degree; or equivalent work experience, or a PhD degree in a computational bioscience field

  • Familiarity with modern practices of open collaborative software development including code review, automated testing, the GitHub pull request model, scrum/agile, etc.

  • Demonstrated high level analytical and programming skills (highest preference for Java or Python but open to C/C++).

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with programmers, engineers, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

  • Ability to work with diverse people and resolve ambiguous requirements, and find relevant documentation for unfamiliar tools and libraries and review existing code to resolve questions

  • Excellent writing, interpersonal communication, and analytical skills.

  • Ability to independently resolve ambiguous requirements, find relevant documentation for unfamiliar tools and libraries and review existing code to resolve questions

  • Familiarity with modern practices of open collaborative software development including code review, automated testing, the GitHub pull request model, scrum/agile, etc.

  • Demonstrated high level analytical and programming skills (highest preference for Java or Python but open to C/C++).

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with programmers, engineers, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

  • Excellent writing, interpersonal communication, and analytical skills.

  • Learn new material rapidly

  • Willingness/ability to develop as full stack and polyglot developers. 


Requirements for Software Developer Level 3:

  • Typically requires a minimum of 8 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology/Biochemistry, Bioengineering; or 6 years and a Master’s degree; or equivalent experience; or a PhD in a computational bioscience-related field and postdoctoral work

  • Familiarity with modern practices of open collaborative software development including code review, automated testing, the GitHub pull request model, scrum/agile, etc.

  • Demonstrated high level analytical and programming skills (highest preference for Java or Python but open to C/C++).

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with programmers, engineers, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams of developers, or individually lead/conduct computational biology research

  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams of developers, or individually lead/conduct computational biology research


 Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • 2-4 years of work experience as a software engineer or computational biologist/biochemist  or graduate work in bioinformatics, computational biology or computational chemistry/biochemistry, bioengineering equivalent to a master’s degree.

  • Experience in bioinformatics software design and engineering, mathematical analysis and comparative and functional genomics.

  • Experience with developing applications to display/visualize scientific (preferably biological) data.

  • Experience with scientific analysis tools such as Matlab, R, or Mathematica.

  • Expeårience with Jupyter Notebook, Docker, continuous integration.

  • Front end design and/or development using Single Page WebApp frameworks like React/Redux, UI component libraries such as Bootstrap/MaterialUI/AntDesign, visualization libraries such as D3/Plot.ly.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


Notes: 

  • This is a full time, 2-year term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.

  • Classification will depend upon the applicant's level of skills, knowledge, and abilities. (For dual postings - add this to the position summary at the end of the paragraph) This position will be filled at the Software Developer Level 2 or Software Developer Level 3, dependent on experience.

  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

  • Salary is commensurate with experience.

  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

  • Work will be primarily performed at KBase (Potter St.) — Bldg. 977, 717 Potter St., Berkeley, CA.



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