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Software Engineer - Archive
Institute of Neuroscience

Posting: 12446
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2014-01-15

Revised:  Minimum Qualifications and Supplemental Questions

The Zebrafish Model Organism Database (http://zfin.org), located at the University of Oregon, is searching for a highly motivated, energetic, and imaginative software engineer to join our small, collaborative team.

Our team implements a web-based database application providing curated, high-quality research information to the international biological research community.  Why is this so important?   Zebrafish research data are widely used to increase our understanding of human development and disease, and ZFIN helps enable this work.   A great video detailing the importance of zebrafish research to human disease modeling is available on the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute’s website.

  1. Applicants will need at least two years' experience doing web / database development.
  2. Specific technical skills required include Java, JSP, SQL, HTML, JavaScript / jQuery, and CSS or comparable technologies.
  3. Knowledge of any of the following will be a plus: Python, Perl, Groovy, GWT, Solr, Spring MVC, Jenkins, Ant, bioinformatics tools such as BLAST or GBrowse, or mobile app development.  Applicants should have good organization and communication skills, want to work as a member of an interactive team, and be willing to relocate to Eugene.
  4. A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science / Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Bioinformatics, Information Retrieval or related field is required.   Prior knowledge of or willingness to learn biological and genetic concepts is also required.
Supplemental Questions

To assist us in making the selection for this position, please include your responses to the following questions with your resume and cover letter.

  1. Describe a project for which you used Java, JSP, SQL, HTML, Javascript / jQuery, CSS, or other comparable tools to design and implement the functionality for a web-based application. Provide specifics about your role, strategies you used, highlights of the resulting project, and what you might have done differently in retrospect.
  2. Describe your experience programming with relational databases, including your strategies for writing and tuning efficient SQL queries.
  3. Name two of your favorite coding standards and explain why you feel that they are important.  How do you ensure the highest level of quality for the software you are writing?
  4. How would you contribute to creating a collaborative and productive work environment?

Send resume, cover letter, and responses to supplemental questions in PDF format to jobs@zfin.orgor via US Mail to Jonathan Knight, 5291 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5291.

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by August 23.  The position will remain open until filled.   The University of Oregon is an AA/EO/ADA institution committed to cultural diversity. We invite applications from candidates who share our commitment to diversity.