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Company: University of California
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Career Level: Mid-Senior Level
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


Additional Information

- No Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

- Remote candidates considered

- This position is also posted at a lower level: Job ID# 13450


Delay Notice: Due to the current health crisis, candidate selection or hiring steps may be delayed.

UCSC Statement

UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university.

Initial Review Date (IRD)

UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit. 

The Initial Review Date (IRD) for this job is: 02-08-2021

Dept Marketing Statement

The Genomics Institute supports the scientific efforts of principal investigators, which involves approximately 110 personnel (which includes approximately 60 career staff, 10 academic non-faculty members, 30 graduate student researchers, and a handful post doctoral scholars and student employees), participating in projects supported by funds from the federal and state governments, private gifts, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Additionally, the GI provides funding support for approximate 80 additional personnel for GI related projects.

The Genomics Institute creates advanced technologies and open-source genomics platforms to unravel evolutionary patterns, molecular processes and the underpinnings of disease. Our platforms, technologies and scientists unite global communities to create and deploy data-driven, life-saving treatments and innovative environmental, conservation efforts. The Genomics Institute is openly and responsibly sharing what is learned and created with the entire genomics community. It is a public university institution dedicated to creating a healthier world.

The Computational Genomics Platform (CGP) team uses big data technologies to facilitate genomic research for global health issues such as breast cancer and other genetic risk factors. The team collaborates with many universities and institutes around the world. Examples of projects include supporting a global team to create the Human Cell Atlas, a compendium that maps gene activity in each cell in the human body, and the National Health Institute Data Commons project, which is about developing the technology to share and combine controlled access to genomic data across different institutes. If you are excited to work in a fast-paced, startup like environment within an institution of higher education in beautiful Santa Cruz, California, we encourage you to apply.

Job Overview

The Senior Software Engineer develops software for the Computational Genomics Platform ( to support a wide variety of grant deliverables. They use skills as an advanced, specialized bioinformatics programming professional with an in-depth understanding of computational algorithms to identify and resolve a wide range of highly complex issues/software bugs where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. The incumbent solves dynamic and challenging problems, learning new technologies as necessary, and collaborates with colleagues and external partners. The Sr. Software engineer uses Agile software development methods to produce reliable and reusable code that will be used in leading genomics science. May lead or mentor a team of bioinformatics programming professionals.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary Information: Salary Range: $110,350 - $134,470/annually. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: This position is eligible for Full benefits

Schedule Information:
Full-time, Fixed
Percentage of Time: 100%
Average Hours Per Week: 40
Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz main campus

Union Representation: None

Job Duties

70% - Software Development, Analysis, and Maintenance:

  • Applies advanced bioinformatics concepts to design, develop, modify, debug, and evaluate highly complex software programs and web tools.
  • Formulates logic for new systems, devises logic procedures, prepares flowcharting, performs coding and data analysis, and tests/debugs highly complex programs. May develop and implement web interfaces to share and display bioinformatics analysis and content with collaborators and other users. May be required to learn new technologies to support achievement of software development objectives.
  • Recommends and implements changes in development, maintenance and system standards for analysis algorithms, tools, and infrastructure.

30% - Project and Technical Leadership:

  • Serves as technical lead on one or more projects. Works with principal investigators, program and project managers, partner institutions, and other senior staff to support project planning and design process. Uses Agile software development methods. May manage a team of bioinformatics programming professionals.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in biological science, computational / programming, or related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Experience with and demonstrated knowledge of applications programming, web development, and data structures.
  • Experience with and demonstrated advanced understanding of database technologies. 
  • Advanced interpersonal skills in order to work with a diverse population of technical and non-technical personnel at all levels in the organization, including senior project leadership.
  • Ability to communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Advanced ability to interface with management on a regular basis.
  • Demonstrated advanced problem solving skills.
  • In-depth programming skills in Python or similar languages.
  • Experience with Cloud computing or distributed computing environments.
  • Experience with development and operation of Unix/Linux based servers.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with and demonstrated knowledge of bioinformatics methods.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of bioinformatics programming design, modification, and implementation.
  • In-depth knowledge of and experience applying web application and data security concepts and methods.
  • Experience successfully leading projects.

Special Conditions
  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.

Safety Statement

All UCSC employees must know and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.  

How to Apply

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. 

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