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#111632 Cytoscape Software Developer I

Filing Deadline: Thu 9/23/2021

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The Ideker Laboratory performs research in systems and network biology requiring software development support. It is the home of two open-source software projects, Cytoscape and NDEx, that create and maintain software products used by the bioinformatics community.

Under supervision, the Bioinformatics Programmer will assist in creating and maintaining elements of software supporting research in the Ideker laboratory and supporting the open source software projects Cytoscape and NDEx. The Bioinformatics Programmer will work flexibly across multiple technologies (both front-end, back-end, and database), and acquire skills in new programming languages and environments, packages, and databases.

In these responsibilities, the Bioinformatics Programmer will apply professional bioinformatics concepts and computational procedures to complete small projects or portions of projects. Works on assignments of limited scope and complexity. Follows standard programming procedures to analyze situations and data from which answers can be readily obtained.


  • Four (4) years of related experience, education/training OR Bachelor's degree in biological science, computational/programming, or related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

  • Thorough knowledge of bioinformatics methods and data structures.

  • Basic knowledge of applications programming and web development. Includes experience with python, javascript, java, and modern web-development frameworks such as REACT

  • Demonstrated knowledge of databases.

  • Strong project management skills.

  • Basic knowledge of modern biology and applicable field of research.

  • Interpersonal skills in order to work with both technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization.

  • Ability to communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner.

  • Self-motivated, able to learn quickly, meet deadlines and demonstrate problem-solving skills.

  • Proven knowledge of application and data security concepts.

  • Basic knowledge of network and systems biology tools and techniques such as GO and pathway enrichment analysis or queries to find subsets of biological networks. Also including tools related to the Cytoscape application.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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