Professional Opportunities with ZFIN
The ZFIN team periodically seeks candidates to work on the rapidly expanding Zebrafish Model Organism Database (zfin.org), our web-based database application providing curated, high-quality research information to the international biological research community.
Zebrafish research data are widely used to increase our understanding of human development and disease, and ZFIN helps enable this work.
At the moment, there are no open positions. However, we encourage you to check back occasionally or contact us directly if you are interested in joining the ZFIN team. You might also want to check the Zebrafish-Related Job Announcements page for positions available in other zebrafish-related organizationsZebrafish Information Network (ZFIN, zfin.org), located at the University of Oregon (UO) in Eugene, is seeking an experienced and motivated full-stack software developer to work with a small team of developers and biologists to design and develop cutting-edge front and back end genomic-focused applications.
Model organisms such as the zebrafish are studied extensively by scientists around the world to reveal critical insights into human biology, health, and disease. The web-based curation and database applications you will help develop are fundamental resources used by the international biological community to drive their zebrafish research. ZFIN has recently joined forces with 5 other model organism databases to form a large consortium of scientists and developers spread across more than ten institutions in Europe and North America. The Alliance of Genome Resources (www.alliancegenome.org), is a major new initiative and platform of database infrastructure, tools, APIs, and displays designed to facilitate the use of model organisms in research.
Working on both ZFIN and Alliance applications with a variety of different stakeholders, from bench biologists to DevOps engineers, you will have an outstanding opportunity to contribute to dynamic and high-impact international projects, using cutting-edge technologies in an Agile software development environment.
You are an experienced developer who is well-versed in creating robust, well-designed, and well-documented code and processes. You should be comfortable switching between different programming languages and database technologies, and be willing and eager to learn and adapt to new technologies as the project matures. You should also be able to meet deadlines and take responsibility for delivering timely software and data releases. Specifically, you should have:
Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Computer Science / Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Bioinformatics, Information Retrieval or related field, from an accredited university
Experience developing software in one or more of the following areas:
Back-end applications, for example Java, Hibernate, Spring MVC, Python, Groovy, or Perl
Relational databases / SQL programming languages, for example PostgreSQL, Oracle, or MySQL
Graph databases, for example Neo4j, and/or document databases, for example Solr or Elasticsearch
A keen interest in working with biologists and software developers to create technological solutions for biomedical applications
Strong analytical, problem solving, and trouble-shooting skills
Ability to handle multiple tasks with minimal oversight
Ability to be flexible with quickly changing business needs and new technologies
You might also have
At least two years experience working as a full-time software developer
Experience working with biological data and databases (especially genomics)
Experience with any of:
Linux command line and shell scripting
version control systems such as Git/GitHub, Subversion, or CVS
build systems such as Gradle, Ant, make, or Jenkins
application testing, user interface design, usability testing
mobile app development
bioinformatics tools such as BLAST, GBrowse, or JBrowse
developing and deploying software for the cloud – AWS experience considered a plus
Agile software development environment – Scrum experience considered a plus
Why join us
At ZFIN, we encourage personal and professional development and are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported, and empowered to reach their potential at work. In addition, our employees have access to a wide range of outstanding benefits including:
22 days annual leave per year plus 8 Federal holidays
Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance for yourself and your eligible dependents (most employees pay only 5% of the total premiums)
Choice of Oregon Public Service Retirement or Voluntary Contribution Retirement plans
Flexible Spending accounts
Annual salary review
Flexible work arrangements
Casual dress code
Access to University Library
Access to the University Fitness Center
Discounts for athletic event tickets, the University Bookstore, and Museums
Free use of Eugene city transportation
Relocation to Eugene, Oregon is encouraged but not required
Please send your CV and a brief cover letter to email@example.com. Applications must be either in PDF or a MS Word readable format; other formats will be ignored.
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.