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#115241 DEAP Backend Developer

Extended Deadline: Wed 9/28/2022

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 03/23/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 04/04/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UCSD Department of Radiology is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art services for clinical and translational studies. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees. The position will be located within the Center for Multimodal Imaging (CMIG, Director Dr. Dale). CMIG serves as the data core for two large-scale longitudinal NIH funded studies with developmental populations. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study follows ~12,000 children with longitudinal neuroanatomical, functional imaging, and behavioral assessments across 21 sites within the US. The major goals of the study are to provide a publicly available data resource to examine the relationships between environmental influences -- including substance use -- and adolescent brain and cognitive development. The Healthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) Study is a large-scale longitudinal study of the brain, cognitive, and emotional development that will follow mothers and their children from before birth through the first decade of life. The project will involve over 7,000 families at 25 sites across the United States and aims to better understand which harmful and protective environments exert the greatest impact on child development.

The incumbent will be involved in the continued development and enhancement of the Data Exploration and Analysis Portal (DEAP) for both the ABCD and HBCD Studies. The DEAP is a web-based informatics tool for exploring, downloading, and analyzing the large complex datasets being produced by the ABCD and HBCD Studies. The incumbent will apply skills as a seasoned, experienced software professional with a full understanding of industry practices, community standards and relevant policies and procedures to medium-sized software development and enhancement software projects or portions of large projects with moderate scope and complexity. The incumbent can resolve a wide range of issues, demonstrating competency in selecting tools, methods, and techniques to obtain results. The DEAP software utilizes a LAMP stack that is distributed as a single docker instance with an external session-based authentication system. Incumbents are expected to keep the software up-to-date and are encouraged to develop a CI/CD pipeline for a scalable deployment of DEAP. A job-scheduling system is in development to perform computational demanding statistical analysis tasks and incumbents are expected to develop the system further as well as performing integrations of new analysis pipelines.

Uses skills as a seasoned, experienced research professional with a full understanding of in-depth statisticalanalyses and / or research software programming techniques. Demonstrates good judgment inselecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.


  • Seven (7) years of related experience, education/training, OR an Bachelor’s degree in related area plus three (3) years of related experience/training.

  • Thorough skills associated with statistical analysis and systems programming.

  • Three (3) years of related experience in Computer Science or Data Science or equivalent training or experience is desirable.

  • Thorough skills in analysis and consultation. Ability to interpret and understand the needs and concerns of consortium members and collaborators to generate appropriate follow-up analyses and solutions.

  • Skills to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing. Excellent oral and written communication skills to effectively communicate with ABCD leadership, investigators, and research staff. Skilled in communication of data reports to non-technical researchers.

  • Skills in project management. Diligence, strong organizational skills, and ability to prioritize. Experience developing, maintaining, executing and coordinating moderate to complex project management plan.

  • Research skills at a level to evaluate alternate solutions and develop recommendations. Exceptional attention to detail to independently identify and provide solutions to issues.

  • Ability to work in a team environment while also having strong independent work skills.

  • Required to have familiarity with relational databases and containerization with Docker.

  • Required Familiarity with cluster and cloud computing.

  • Familiarity with PHP (including Session Management) and Java Script.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to work additional hours during peak times and/or flexible schedule to accommodate business needs.

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

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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