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Electrical & Computer Engineering has an outstanding opportunity for a Software Engineer.
Aquarium (aquarium.bio) is an open-source whole-lab automation system built to support a cloud biology lab that performs workflows with human technicians. Aquarium enables researchers to work remotely as they design and launch experimental plans built from a menu of modular protocols. Using the software, plans are executed by the lab in a semi-automated fashion: user requests are scheduled by a lab manager, who assigns each task to a lab technician who performs all aspects of the work guided by a protocol that executes in Aquarium. As a result, technicians with a base level of training are able to execute complex protocols with remarkable reproducibility, traceability, and data integrity. Building upon this platform, and related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have funding to adapt Aquarium to deal with resiliency in diagnostic testing and research.
Engineer will design, reimplement or modify existing Aquarium software system to meet requirements to enable future maintenance, improve software security, and improve ease of use. Position involves designing, developing, modifying, documenting, analyzing, and testing software based on user and system specifications. Engineer should have demonstrated professional competence in software development well above the journey-level, be able to independently perform work assignments, and be able to devise methods to meet new and unique work requirements and problems.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Design, write, and test modifications to the Aquarium software system that ease future changes, improve software security, improve ease of use, and add new features. •Use software development experience and knowledge to contribute to decisions on team methodology, software architectural design, project prioritization and project planning. •Selects tasks based on project plan and priorities; works without supervision once tasks are determined; reports progress per team standards; and gets help from Project Lead or other team members when necessary. •Serves as a technical expert for Ruby on Rails and React; advises Project Lead on appropriate design and implementation using these technologies; and coaches other team members and junior developers. •Contributes to other development and support activities when needed: develop or modify deployment configurations, create software releases, and communicate and consult with user community. Participates in sponsor and Klavins Lab meetings and activities (some of which involves travel).
Lead Responsibilities: May involve assigning work to undergraduate programmers in the lab for particular projects.
REQUIREMENTS: •Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or Informatics. Equivalent experience can substitute for degree requirement. •Minimum four to five years of work experience in refactoring legacy Ruby in Rails applications.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Five plus years of full-stack/Ruby on Rails development. •Five plus years working on legacy software. •Experience developing modular software and API design. •Experience on small teams. •Agile software planning and development experience. •Background or interest in laboratory science, workflow management or automation.
WORKING ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS •Travel is expected. Minimum is one week every three months.
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