[tdwg] Job: NESCent User Interface Design and Web Application Developer

Karen Cranston karen.cranston at gmail.com
Wed Mar 2 16:19:51 CET 2011

[ Apologies for cross-posting ]

The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) seeks a creative
and enthusiastic individual to design user interfaces and web
applications for scientific applications.  The incumbent will work as
part of a small informatics team in close collaboration with domain

NESCent (http://nescent.org) is an NSF-funded center dedicated to
cross-disciplinary research in evolutionary science. Our informatics
team works closely with visiting and resident scientists to support
their custom software and database development needs.  All NESCent
software products are open-source, and the Center has a number of
initiatives to actively promote collaborative development of community
software resources (http://informatics.nescent.org). Above all, we are
enthusiastic about our work, about the mission of the Center, and
about the contribution of informatics to that mission.

Job description: The incumbent will design and develop user interfaces
and web applications for databases and other software tools for
sponsored scientists and staff. The job responsibilities include all
stages of the software development process, including requirements
gathering, design, implementation, release packaging and
documentation, as part of a small team (typically 2-3 individuals)
following project management best practices. We expect the incumbent
to present their work at conferences and contribute to publications
with scientific collaborators; interact regularly with visiting and
resident scientists, other members of the informatics team and Center
staff; and generally serve as an expert resource for Center personnel.
The position provides opportunities for professional development. Most
informatics staff work at our Durham NC offices, located adjacent to
Duke University, but we do support a wide range of technologies for
virtual communication with off-site staff and collaborators.

Required Qualifications:
* Demonstrated success collaborating with clients on custom software solutions
* Experience with various stages of the software development cycle
* Expertise in development and testing of user interface designs
* Excellent communication skills, both virtual and face-to-face

Preferred Qualifications:
* M.S. or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Bioinformatics or related field
* Demonstrated interest in science, particularly biology
* Expertise in dynamic and interactive web technologies (JavaScript, CGI)
* Expertise in rapid application development and respective
programming technologies and languages (e.g., modern scripting
languages and web-application frameworks such as Python/Django,
Ruby/Ruby-on-Rails, and Perl/Catalyst).
* Expertise in graphic design
* Expertise in data visualization and/or scientific data integration
* Expertise in software usability design and assessment
* Expertise in web service (SOAP, REST, XML, JSON) and semantic web technologies
* Fluency in Java programming
* Prior experience in relational database programming  (PostgreSQL or MySQL)
* Experience with open-source, and collaborative, software development

How to apply: Please send cover letter, resume and contact information
for three references to Dr. Karen Cranston, Training Coordinator and
Bioinformatics Project Manager (karen.cranston at nescent.org).  Informal
inquires or requests for additional information may be directed to Dr.
Cranston by email or phone (+1-919-613-2275).

karen.cranston at gmail.com

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