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    Opportunity: Senior BIOINFORMATICS Software Developer @ Medical Science & Computing, Inc. -- Bethesda, MD (US)
    Submitted by Elisa Johnston; posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012


    Medical Science & Computing, Inc. is searching for a Senior Bioinformatics Software Developer to support the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This opportunity is a full-time position with MSC and it is on-site at NIH in Bethesda, MD.

    Major Duties and Responsibilities:
    Work cooperatively with the current software development team to:
    • Develop computational tools for effective and efficient analysis of large-scale genomic data, including sequence-based, structure-based, array-based, and proteomic data
    • Develop web-based, n-tiers high-performance applications
    • Enhance existing codes
    • Support active collaborations on scientific projects through the deployment of professional personnel
      • Software development support and maintenance tasks including, but not limited to, requirements definition, design, development, installation, maintenance, problem diagnosis and resolution, development, and enhancement of system and application software as well as support for various scientific and programming services
    • Provide project planning timetables incorporating development, beta-testing, portability and troubleshooting
    • Provide robust documentation for all software projects in a timely fashion, written in proper English


    • Masters or a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, or a related computational discipline
    • A minimum of 5 years of work experience with full software development life cycle
    • Ability to address business needs with effective and efficient technical solutions
    • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively
    • Understand principles of business and project management and effectively communicate technical concepts
    • Ability to grasp the broader picture of a subject, but also give attention to detail
    • Must be able to adapt in a dynamic work environment and co-operate with team members and clients from a broad range of disciplines and subject level expertise
    • Required experiences are:
      • Professional programming experience with Java/Java EE
      • Familiar with development tools: Eclipse, NetBean, Ant, Maven, SVN, JIRA / BugZilla
      • Practical experience with Tomcat, JBoss, GlasshFish, MySQL, Apache HTTPD in Linux
      • Experience with modern frameworks such as JUnit, Hibernate, Seam, or Spring
      • Scripting languages: Perl, Python or Shell
      • High performance computing
      • Web Service implementation
      • Documenting requirements
    • Options, good to have but not required:
      • Working knowledge of major public bioinformatics databases and tools
      • Knowledge of statistics with R
    • Good communication skills, both written and verbal
    • Ability to work independently, be detail-oriented, and have excellent analytical skills
    • Demonstrate initiative in experimenting with new technologies


    Please forward your resume, cover letter and salary requirement to elisa[at] Please include the job title in the subject line.

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