The Genomic & Open-source Breeding Informatics Initiative (GOBii), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, works to systematically apply high-density genotypic information to the breeding of staple crops in the developing world. The team will develop and implement genomic data management systems – including databases, imputation systems, and decision support tools for plant breeders – to enhance the capacity of public-sector breeding programs to deliver increased rates of genetic gain in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The GOBii project is administratively supported by the Institute of Biotechnology, an umbrella organization in the University's Research Division also comprised of the Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC), the Center for Advanced Technology (CAT), and several other biotechnology-related grants and programs.
The GOBii team also partners with the CGIAR, a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. CGIAR research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring sustainable management of natural resources. It is carried out by 15 Centers, which are members of the CGIAR Consortium, in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations and the private sector.
We seek an Applications Programmer to join the software engineering team in GOBii. The Applications Programmer will be part of a team of database/application developers and High Performance Computing cluster engineers (5 locally and 5 international collaborators in remote locations). The incumbent will be located in Ithaca, NY, and will report directly to the GOBii Lead Software Developer.
As part of the project, the development team will have to identify, implement, and test new database architecture and technical solutions, as current systems are incapable of handling the vast quantity and complex data structure of genomic sequence data being generated with the rapid adoption of next generation sequencing technologies. In addition to the research component, the team will also be responsible for delivering an enterprise level software and data management system to support R&D activities in three of the largest public plant breeding research centers in the world. This will require efficient product develop cycles, stringent QA/QC practices.
The software platform developed by this effort will have its first deployment to ARS breeding programs, but the platform should have broad application to all small breeding programs as well as efforts to characterize genomic and trait diversity in wild species. The project will ensure the platform will be available to the entire diversity-study community and will lead training workshops for its effective use.
*This is a one-year term appointment with the possibility of extension contingent upon continued funding and/or work.*
Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field
1 – 2 years' experience in software development
Fluency in dev tools (e.g. version control, scrum, etc.)
Solid understanding with Java and/or Python programming languages
Familiarity of SQL/NoSQL databases
Comfortable with Linux environment
Strong communication skills
Ability to work in a team
Ability to write clean, scalable/modular code through source control. GIT required.
Ability to follow directions and adheres to timelines and project plans.
Professional, precise communication skills, ability to mentor and work collaboratively
Highly organized and with great time management skills.
Excellent communication skills are needed to work in this multi-disciplinary, multi-location and multi-cultural team. The incumbent should have the ability to adapt to new programming techniques, languages and platforms. Experience developing and/or modifying complex software systems is a must.
Visa sponsorship not available for this position.
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Applications Programmer II
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