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Opportunity: Jr Software Engineer/Biomedical Informatician @ Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center--Boston, MA (US)
Submitted by Peter Tonellato; posted on Monday, March 22, 2010
BACKGROUND:
LPM's objective is to identify clinically impactful devices, procedures, and biomedical informatics resources; test the clinical validity of those items with likely impact in the personal medicine clinical enterprise; and to execute high priority projects that translate key technologies into the clinical IT enterprise in support of personalized, preventive health care. The long-term goal is to create a translational science method and environment that supports the continuous and systematic testing and translation of highest priority technologies and discoveries into the clinical enterprise.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Department of Pathology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has one junior-level software programming position available for immediate appointment. The position is part of the Laboratory for Personalized Medicine (LPM) program in Personalized Medicine whose mission is to identify and translate biomedical informatics methodology, analysis and applications into the clinical enterprise in support of personalized medicine.

Roles and Duties: This position will participate in the development of cutting-edge software applications and suites dedicated to solving the most pressing and complex challenges in translational biomedical science. A Junior-Level Software Engineer will work closely with senior members of the LPM’s software team and will contribute to all facets of programming and application building. Specific projects may include front-end web interface/web service development, back-end computational programming, algorithm/tool development, or process scripting. Additional responsibilities will consist of specification/documentation writing, broad-scope and unit-level quality assurance and testing, and diligent code and application maintenance. A junior-level engineer will also be expected to manage project timelines and deadlines and organize team support over multiple project tasks.

REQUIREMENTS:
- A BA/BS in Computer Science, Information Science, or a related field is required for this position.

- Specific experience with Java/C++ and Perl (or an equivalent scripting language) is required.

- Experience creating and managing relational databases and familiarity with UNIX environments is necessary.

- Prior web development experience (PHP, HTML, Ruby on Rails) is required for this position.

- At least two years’ programming experience is required.

- Candidate must show a demonstrated aptitude for learning and programming in new languages, possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, and must have some project team management and organization skills.

PREFERENCES:
- Familiarity with biological data is highly desired.

- Applicants with prior experience developing scientific software and biomedical informatics applications will be given preference.

HOW TO APPLY:
Email applications including curriculum vitae, summary statement of personal objective and research interests, PDFs of no more than three papers, and the names and email addresses of three references to: Peter J. Tonellato, Ph.D., ptonella[at]bidmc.harvard.edu, 617-432-7185

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